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Protect Equipment With Commercial Storage Buildings and Warehouses

The bigger the equipment, the bigger the problems that may arise. The last thing you want to encounter when on a tight schedule is an essential piece of machinery breaking down and halting operations. Beyond the setbacks in time, the cost of repairs and/or replacements add to your overhead, cutting into profits.

It is important to understanding the consequences of leaving your equipment exposed to the elements as well as learn about the savings you can reap by storing your heavy machinery inside of an Alaska Structures engineered fabric structure.


Reduce Heavy Equipment Breakdowns with Engineered Fabric Structures


Substandard or a complete lack of interest in adhering to scheduled and routine maintenance, as well as leaving heavy equipment exposed to freezing or blistering temperatures, wind, snow and rainy conditions will cause breakdowns. The cost of these repairs quickly builds up, and multiple breakdowns compound this expense. Ordering parts, shipping them, and repairing equipment all costs money. The downtime accrued by the damaged equipment also leaves idle crews waiting for the repairs to finish so they can return to work, this too costs money.

Save money and increase the life-to-date cost by performing scheduled and routine maintenance on your heavy equipment. Further minimize the risk of catastrophic breakdowns, increase uptime, maintain a cost-effective operation, and create a safe space protected from the elements by storing your heavy equipment inside an engineered fabric structure from Alaska Structures.

heavy machinery stored in fabric structure

This applies to any industry that relies on maintaining operational heavy equipment, including: oil and gas, construction, mining and mineral exploration, farming, forestry, material handling, and transportation.

For industries operating in remote locations, on-site warehousing can be easily accomplished using large fabric buildings custom designed by Alaska Structures to store replacement parts, repair equipment, or backup machinery to minimize down time.


Don’t Leave Heavy Equipment Outdoors!


There have been many reports and studies on the effects of leaving heavy equipment outdoors, exposed to high winds, storms, cold, hot and dry weather for prolonged periods of time. The negative effects of leaving heavy equipment exposed to weather are outlined below.

  • Negative effects of cold weather on heavy equipment:
    • Decreases your tire pressure by one psi for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Drains voltage in batteries, making it more difficult for equipment to start
    • Thickens fluids that are crucial for your equipment to run smoothly, including:
      • Radiator
      • Transmission
      • Brakes
      • Engine
      • Hydraulics


  • Negative effects of hot and dry weather on heavy equipment:
    • Rubber components (tires, hoses, gaskets) dry rot.
    • Batteries contain both water and acid. If there is too much heat, the water evaporates, exposing the lead plates inside of the battery. Once the temperature drops again, there will not be enough amperage to start the engine.
    • Heat places additional stress on all mechanical components.


Engineered Fabric Buildings Help Protect Heavy Equipment


Extreme weather conditions cannot harm or do damage to your heavy equipment if you keep machinery and equipment indoors, when not in use. There are many building solutions available for storing heavy equipment, but none offer the benefits and advantages of using engineered fabric structures for storing heavy equipment.

Alaska Structures is the world’s leading provider of engineered fabric structures. Since 1975, more than 65,000 buildings have been successfully used in more than 85 countries around the world. Alaska Structures works with business owners and heavy equipment operators to create custom-designed fabric structures designed for maintaining heavy equipment.

Engineered fabric buildings from Alaska Structures consist of a long-lasting architectural membrane securely tensioned over a high-strength galvanized steel or aircraft-grade aluminum frame system. Available in widths up to 150’, and designed to any height or length, there is very few pieces of heavy equipment that cannot be protected from the harsh weather conditions. Each fabric building from Alaska Structures is engineered to meet local and international building codes for safety, protecting and extending the life of heavy equipment, as well as keeping operators and staff working inside safe.

Nearly every feature of an Alaska Structures’ building system can be customized to meet your heavy equipment storage facility, maintenance facility, workshop, or warehouse requirement. Create a truly one-of-a-kind building system by choosing from a wide selection of equipment doors, personnel doors, windows, lighting and electrical systems, custom fabric colors and patterns, as well as logo printing to promote your business.

Need to maintain a safe working temperature to perform routine maintenance or heavy equipment repairs? Or keep the fluids of heavy equipment systems from freezing? Keep extreme heat and/or cold out and increase energy efficiency with a combination of HVAC and proprietary insulation systems. Alaska Structures produces a line of ruggedly durable HVAC systems, available in 2.5-ton, 5-ton, and 10-ton HVAC systems. Alaska Structures also produces fabric buildings with vehicle exhaust systems for the safe repair and running of equipment.


The Many Advantage Of Engineered Fabric Buildings


While a handful sticks and some sort of canvas-like material can cheaply shade equipment, those looking to truly protect their expensive heavy equipment from harsh conditions will invest in a quality, custom designed, and engineered fabric building by working with Alaska Structures.

Alaska Structures provides a number of unique advantages that will help to protect and maintain your heavy equipment, provide you the space to safely perform routine maintenance and repairs, and give you the ability to quickly create on-site warehouse and storage buildings to minimize downtime.


  • No expensive special contractors, setup crew, or supervisors required for the installation. Engineered fabric buildings from Alaska Structures are designed for rapid setup with minimal skill.
  • Quickly assemble and safely anchor the building system on any level surface with a minimal foundation requirement, including: dirt, gravel, sand, concrete slab, footers, or wood pilings.
  • Eliminate the need for interior support columns and maximize the available interior space with a clear span design.
  • High-strength galvanized steel or aircraft-grade aluminum frame systems can be custom designed up to 150’ wide, adjusted to any height, and to any specified length.
  • Long-lasting membrane systems offer a much lower life-cycle cost than other tensioned fabric covers.
  • The architectural membranes from Alaska Structures are engineered to have a higher resistance to abrasion, will not rot, are mold and mildew resistant, and exceed the fire safety requirements outlined in the California Code of Regulations for membrane structures.
  • Translucent sky light material allows you to utilize natural light during the day, creating a bright and safe work environment, while reducing energy usage and cost.
  • Plug-and-play lighting and electrical systems available in 50 Hz and 60 Hz reduce the need for expensive electricians1.
  • Choose from the largest selection of fabric colors and patterns.
  • Add your company logo to any Alaska Structures building.
  • Great customer service and worldwide support.


Protect and extend the life of your heavy equipment, minimize unnecessary overhead costs and interruptions, quickly create warehouse and storage facilities, and stay on schedule with engineered fabric buildings from Alaska Structures.

Call +1-907-344-1565 to discuss your building needs today! Or send us an email, or contact us online.


Alaska Structures
Alaska Structures® is the world's leading provider of engineered fabric building and turnkey camp systems. Our modular buildings are proudly made in the U.S. and designed to meet area-specific wind and snow loads required by local codes or the International Building Code (IBC) for safety. No other fabric-building provider comes close to matching our level of expertise or experience.

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