The installer can customize many fabric structures to suit your specific needs, but that doesn’t mean you should buy blindly. Before you make your purchase, read on to learn what you should consider before buying a tension fabric building.
Quality tension fabric buildings are typically designed to withstand harsh temperatures, but that doesn’t mean they’re all built the same and suited for every environment. Depending on where you live, the structure should get built with the local climate in mind. In fact, one of the reasons why these structures are so popular is because temporary enclosures make job sites safer and protect workers from harsh environments.
For example, suppose you live in an area where the temperature can dip below freezing, and blizzards are common. In that case, use a thermoplastic fabric designed to withstand these conditions. Regions that experience rain, wind, hurricanes, floods, and other natural disasters will need different customizations to protect the structure’s lifespan.
Many buyers choose to use a tension fabric building over traditional brick-and-mortar buildings because they can be set up much faster and are more affordable. However, one of the most important things to consider before buying a tension fabric building is the materials the installer uses. Without the right materials, the structure won’t last nearly as long as traditional buildings.
For a fabric structure to withstand the elements, the metal used in its framing should be high quality. Galvanized steel is the way to go, as it’s the strongest option and can get covered with additional coatings and powders to protect the metal from deterioration. If a structure gets made with thin-gauge steel frames, the beams will be prone to buckling, compromising the overall structural integrity of the building.
Tension fabric buildings should naturally be more energy efficient as they don’t require the same electrical equipment or nearly as much lighting as traditional buildings. However, the energy efficiency of your building once again depends on the local climate and the customization put in place to meet energy needs. For example, if you live in an area that experiences high levels of heat, you’ll need fabric that’s UV resistant and well-insulated. If not, you’re going to spend much more time using the HVAC system to cool off, thus raising your energy bill.