Fabric Building FAQ

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What are fabric buildings?

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  • Tension fabric buildings are a type of architectural building design consisting of a wood or metal frame covered by a strong and lightweight tension fabric membrane.
  • The frames of tension fabric buildings are engineered to provide the necessary strength to support anticipated loads. They are typically a clear-span design constructed from aluminum or galvanized steel.
  • The membranes of tension fabric structures are normally made from a coated synthetic fabric, such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or polyethylene (PE) and are often translucent, allowing for sunlight to enter the interior of the structure.
  • Tension fabric buildings can be constructed on a variety of foundations and are often considered to be portable buildings due to their ability to be disassembled and rebuilt at a different location with relative ease.

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Why choose a fabric building over traditional structures?

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Fabric BuildingsAlaska Structures® fabric buildings are a great choice if you’re looking for versatility, portability, and longevity. Our tension membrane structures offer a clear-span design, are easily relocated if desired, and can be assembled in less time than traditional buildings. Unlike wood, metal, or brick-and-mortar structures, our fabric structures have minimal foundation requirements. Where our fabric buildings really stand out is in the speed of construction. Alaska Structures' building systems are designed for rapid setup with minimal labor and equipment requirements. Our tensioned buildings, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) fabrics, and high-strength support systems are engineered for decades of use, and we offer a wide range of fabric structures available in hundreds of sizes, styles, and standard packages. Click here for more on Why to Choose Fabric Buildings.

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What are the ideal uses for an Alaska Structures fabric building?

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Alaska Structures creates fabric building solutions in hundreds of sizes and styles for numerous commercial, industrial, and governmental uses. Our fabric buildings are uniquely suited for small and large warehouses and workshops, aircraft hangars, modular workforce housing, vehicle maintenance facilities, and more. Since 1975, Alaska Structures has created more than 55,000 tensioned membrane structures used for numerous applications in more than 60 countries worldwide.

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What models of fabric buildings does Alaska Structures offer?

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Alaska Structures offers several models of fabric buildings, including:
Denali series buildings in camp configuration - 3D Rendering.

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What type of options can I add to my Fabric Structure?

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Alaska Structures' fabric buildings can accommodate almost any option available in buildings made from traditional construction materials. We offer hundreds of standard building options, including windows, doors, ventilation, proprietary insulation, HVAC systems, lighting and electrical, flooring, wood platform foundations, multiple anchoring options, and hard walls in certain models.

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How do you insulate a Fabric Building?

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Alaska Structures' fabric buildings are insulated in much the same way as traditional metal or wood buildings. We offer several proprietary insulation options, such as SuperLayer and EnerLayer, that you can choose from based on desired R-value, portability, and ease of installation. Alaska Structures uses an integrated product design approach to create high-quality fabric buildings that are highly portable, fast to erect, and have low shipping cube.

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How much do Alaska Structures Fabric Buildings cost?

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Pricing is determined by the amount of engineering required to withstand wind, snow loads, and other inclement weather at your location, as well as local and International Building Code standards. Additionally, price is determined by the model, size, and the amount of standard building options added, including windows and doors, lighting and electrical, HVAC, and insulation.

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Do I need a permit for a Fabric Structure?

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The county in which you would like to erect the structure determines whether a permit is needed. Every county has different standards. Some require complete permit applications that include stamped engineering reports. Whatever the case may be for you, Alaska Structures can help with the process by providing guidance and stamped engineering reports where applicable.

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Where can I learn more about your engineering and design?

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You can browse through our Technology and Engineering page for information on how our structures are engineered. Our Design Services page discusses the design services we provide. You can call +1-907-344-1565 to talk to a building specialist, or complete our contact us form.

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How can I get more information about Alaska Structures?

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For more information about Alaska Structures, read through our About Us page, fill out our contact form, email inquiry@alaskastructures.com, or call +1-907-344-1565 to talk to a building specialist.