Advantages of Fabric Buildings Over Traditional Structures

Versatile, strong, and portable. Tension fabric buildings present many advantages over similar-sized wood, metal, pole, and other traditional structures.

Fabric Structures Equal to Traditional Buildings

Thanks to advanced engineering design, fabric structures easily equal traditional buildings in providing the maximum area of unobstructed floor space, therefore being ideally suited to storing large equipment or warehousing goods that need to be located and transported quickly and efficiently. They can also be coated with special corrosion-resistant or UV-safe coatings, which protects them from harsh environmental elements or inhospitable climatic conditions. Additionally, they can be designed to meet stringent building codes and can be safely erected even in remote areas.

In addition, fabric buildings can be customized in various colors; they accommodate insulation and heating and cooling systems as well as lighting, shelving, and other storage options; and they can contain oversized entry doors as well as eaves and peaked roof areas.

Fabric Structures Out-Perform Traditional Buildings

Cost-Effective
Compared to similar-sized wood and metal or pole buildings, fabric structure buildings are extremely cost-effective, involving little architectural planning, faster build times, and less expensive materials. The saving accrue not simply in building but also in terms of low to non-existent maintenance costs, as well.

Faster to Construct
With simple instructions and advanced engineering, fabric structure buildings can be erected in a fraction of the time it takes to construct a comparable building made of wood, glass, metal, or other materials. This is a benefit when you have changing requirements or when you need to be mobile, say for putting on a tradeshow or a traveling concert series.

XPL-series Quick Erect Fabric Shelter Frame.Portable
Fabric structures come in convenient, portable packages that are easily constructed and taken down, for increased versatility. It’s an ideal option if you run a seasonal operation or you need to relocate your facilities to keep up with rotating crops or the changing needs of oilfield exploration, for example. A portable building is a much more movable, versatile structure than a similar-sized permanent wood or metal fixed building.

Low-Maintenance
The advanced, highly engineered tensile coverings of fabric buildings require almost no maintenance, even in corrosive environments replete with salt spray, chemicals, or blowing sand. Fabric structures can also be coated to resist the damage caused by UV exposure in extreme climates. Compare that to traditional buildings, which require frequent repainting, coating, and new shingles under extreme conditions, or even exposed to normal weather conditions including wind, rain, and snow.

Easy to Reconfigure
If your building needs change over time, fabric structures are a more convenient option than more permanent structures, as they have the unique ability to be reconfigured, added to, and modified to meet your changing needs. Say you add a car and want to expand your carport, or perhaps you want to enclose a hot tub as well as a pool on your ski resort property. It’s a relatively easy matter to add to fabric structures or to modify them to accommodate new needs. With traditional buildings, you are stuck demolishing old buildings or structures that no longer work for you and rebuilding to meet your new needs. It’s an expensive, inefficient prospect, and one that you can be free of when you use more versatile materials.

Sunlight entering translucent roof of fabric structure buildingAllow Natural Light
You are sure to save on lighting and energy costs with fabric structures, since they are translucent and let in natural light. This can benefit you when it comes to building greenhouses, for example, but also when you want visibility in your space, but don’t want the burden of an oversized energy budget. Natural light has also been shown to enhance moods, and workplace productivity as well as improve the quality of sleep among workers. The translucent fabric also allows these buildings to remain warm in the winter and cool during the summer, further saving on energy costs associated with running heating and cooling systems.

Anchor Securely to Any Foundation
Fabric structures can anchor securely to any level surface, so they do not need to be built on solid concrete foundations. This saves on construction costs (in both time and materials), but it is also adds to the versatility of these portable buildings, as they are suitable for many different types of terrain, including in remote or inhospitable areas, say on frozen ground in Arctic oil fields or at ski resorts in the Rocky mountains. Please see our foundation options page for more info.

For more information or to order your Alaska Structures fabric buildings today, call +1-907-344-1565, email inquiry@alaskastructures.com, or contact us online.

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