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What You Should Know About Fabric Buildings

From commercial sectors such as aviation and construction, to arctic exploration and industrial mining, fabric buildings have so many benefits over traditional brick and mortar buildings. On top of providing long-term shelter and space for commercial storage and operations, fabric buildings are preferred over conventional buildings due to their portability, enhanced efficiency, and cost-effective nature.

When comparing fabric structures to conventional structures, commercial and industries entities can enjoy the following benefits offered by fabric buildings:

* Corrosion-Resistant and Durable

Fabric structures offer far improved strength and stability to withstand high winds and other kinds of harsh weather conditions. The frame structures of fabric buildings are commonly made from aviation-grade aluminum or high-strength galvanized steel for applications that need a minimalist design. The aluminum or galvanized steel frames are treated to make them corrosion resistant. Optional powder-coated frames are also available to offer enhanced corrosion resistant against sea-spray, humidity, oxidation, and rust.

The membranes of fabric buildings are designed with durability and longevity in mind. They are UV certified for prolonged exposure to extreme sunny conditions, and resist mildew, mold, and rot.

*Improved Energy Efficiency

Fabric buildings are significantly more energy efficient that conventional buildings. Fabric structures can be fitted with Environmental Control Units (ECUs) that offer various energy consumption and climate control features. Cooling or heating traditional structures is difficult and costly. On the other hand, fabric buildings remain relatively cooler than outside temperatures during summer and warmer than outside temperatures during winter. How cool is that?

The different materials used in the construction of fabric structures are more environmentally friendly that those used in the construction of brick and mortar structures. Skylights can be used in fabric buildings to help cut lighting and electricity costs by allowing natural light to illuminate interior working and living spaces.

* Reduced Construction Time

Traditional building construction projects often take months or years to complete. Because fewer materials are required to construct fabric buildings, these structures can be constructed using far less time. The entire setup is quick and easy. Construction time has a significant impact on the overall cost of a building project. There is an obvious benefit to finishing a building projects sooner rather than later.

You can easily get your commercial or industrial operations up and running by choosing to build fabric structures instead of traditional brick and mortar buildings.

* Maximum Usable Space

The unique open-air design of fabric buildings means that they do not have internal beams, columns, pillars, posts. The unobstructed design and high ceilings provide an interior space with a maximum usable area. There is a lot of space and clearance for storage of oddly shaped machinery and equipment. On top of this, you get additional space for stacking if the building is used as a warehouse. The lack of internal posts or pillars in a fabric structures also creates additional floor space for operations.

Most traditional buildings require rigid internal posts or pillars to support the heavy roofing materials on top of the buildings. Luckily, the roofs on fabric buildings are lightweight and do not require any form of support.

* Versatility

Fabric buildings come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. This makes them incredibly versatile and ideal for many uses. Not only are the designed for use in any environment or weather condition, they are effective structures for a wide variety of unique industrial and commercial uses. Fabric buildings can be used in the aviation industry, research facilities, mining and exploration, camping systems, warehousing, modular office buildings, automobile maintenance facilities, storage facilities and many others.

Fabric buildings also come in a wide variety of styles and designs that offer different features for optimal functionality.

* Portability

Last but not least, fabric buildings are made from lightweight frame systems and membranes that make them easy to move. Depending on a building’s application, it can be secured or grounded using various methods based on the duration of your project. Their prefabricated nature allows them to be easily movable and transportable. You can easily relocate these structures without having to take them down completely. In comparison to traditional brick and mortar structures, fabric buildings are extremely portable which makes them easy to transport and relocated from one site to the next.