Fabric structures offer several benefits, including lower building costs, flexibility, speed of construction, and more sustainable designs. However, these benefits mean very little if the building itself is not safe and stable. With proper planning, maintenance, and design, Fabric Building Structure Provider can build a safe building. All while outperforming it in terms of initial and ongoing costs.
When building a fabric structure, here’s a list of critical considerations to prevent structural failures that endanger life and cause costly property damage. Of course, many things can cause structural failure, so this is not an exhaustive list. However, here are some of the best practices when building, designing, and maintaining fabric structures.
Build to Code
Many structures fail as they were never up to code. The Dallas Cowboys practice facility is one example. This membrane structure failed in a thunderstorm in 2009, leading to many injuries and millions of dollars in damages. According to the investigations, the structure had been inadequately designed.
Local codes are not only a legal benchmark. They’re an excellent gauge of minimum requirements for snow, wind, and other forces the building is likely to face. So for long-term safety and durability, following local codes for every project is the way to go.
Fabric structures are dynamic and can successfully use several different foundations, but this part of construction should not be overlooked. If your fabric structure is up for months, years, or even decades, it will require a proper foundation for the soil and terrain. Follow the manufacturer’s specifications. The foundation is critical because it supports the rest of the building—skimping here compromises the whole structure.
Don’t Take Shortcuts.
Designs that seem too good in terms of cost and ease of installation may take shortcuts. If the structure faces challenging weather, saving a little money upfront can prove very costly in the event of failure. You should use reputable suppliers with proven track records to design effective structures for similar applications and regions.
Remember the Fabric
The fabric is the last thing on a fabric building. People assume that different options all do the same thing and don’t carefully consider the other options. Many factors to consider include:
Tensile strength– You can use a product that provides the best tensile and seam strength in all environments.
Cleanability– Dirt and grime are unsightly, but they damage the underlying fabric. They can even lead to mildew growth that further damages the structure. Instead, use a self-cleaning product that retains its fundamental properties throughout the lifetime of the structure.
UV resistance- UV rays damage fabric roofs. You can choose a product with long-term performance in terms of UV resistance and color stability.
Flammability– Fire is a hazardous structural failure. Many fabrics are inherently flame resistant, while others need proper formulations of the coating compounds to provide permanent fire resistance. Safer fabrics offer peace of mind.
Longevity- You can choose a product that can stand up to decades and work as it did when it was installed first.
Ironspan follows the best structural design. We fabricate these buildings with the latest raw materials that are best suited for the fabric-covered structures.