At first glance, the prospect of using a fabric structure over a traditional steel or metal clad building may conjure up images of an oversized tent or flimsy exterior. In fact, several businesses are favouring the use of textile structures in their applications due to their efficiency, aesthetics, durability and sheer convenience.
But what exactly are they and how could they benefit your business?
What is a Textile Structure?
Fabric structures are the oldest, man made shelters according to Design Buildings, who also suggest that remains of the first animal skin shelters have been unearthed and are estimated to be over 40,000 years old.
These days things have moved on significantly – we are now dealing with fabric architecture, crafted from durable fibres to create a free form structure that can be used in all industries from temporary construction quarters to retail establishments.
Why Are They Better Than Traditional Steel or Metal Buildings?
Fabric structures have all of the benefits of steel or metal clad buildings but with much less fuss. They are strong and durable (lasting up to 15 years) but also portable and quicker to transport and erect – over time you will see that the shorter construction time will provide you with surprising savings. They are available in peaked, domed or traditional shapes and inside they offer wide, open space with no internal support columns to get in the way of business.
Working within them is usually a more pleasant experience as the fibers and roof membrane allow for greater air circulation which results in a cooler, fresher working environment, while simultaneously allowing more natural light into the structure. These benefits will also lower utility costs including air conditioning and artificial lighting. Tensile structures can also be relocated, modified or extended much more quickly and easily than metal clad buildings. In short, they offer the same benefits and many, many more.
Are They Safe?
Fabric structures are very strong. Their frames are usually galvanised steel or aluminum based and designed to last. The fabric itself is protected by a membrane to prevent tears and will withstand even extreme adverse weather conditions. Some PVC fabrics are also flame retardant, so you can see that despite the initial likeness to a large tent, these structures are incredibly strong, safe and pleasant environments to work in.