When an industrial operation needs a new building, it is fair to evaluate the options available. Will it be temporary or permanent? Do you need the building to be pre-engineered or want to get it customized? What building system works best?
Every case is unique; there might be instances when a particular building is better than the others. For example, some Industrial steel buildings find tension fabric buildings more versatile than other industrial building solutions.
Steel-framed fabric buildings versus other types
Tension fabric industrial steel buildings use tension across the fabric so it can withstand loads. The tension on the fabric is vital. Any form of friction can cause fabric claddings to diminish and ultimately fail.
In terms of longevity, fabric works well if it is properly tensioned. If not, you may face issues like moving or flapping. A flapping fabric sheet can cause difficulties during the installation of the building.
The difference between conventional and steel-framed tension fabric buildings lies in how the fabric is connected to the frames. Large sheets of fabric are attached to the end frames in conventional fabric buildings. As a result, it can rest on the center frames.
Smaller pre-tensioned fabric panels work better than large ones. This is because the strength of the fabric building comes from the frame without relying on the fabric to keep the building upright. It is what separates them from ‘conventional’ fabric buildings.
Metal buildings are known for their durability. Metal can be recycled. In some buildings, the structural frames allow for large clear-span widths. Trusses and posts are an inconvenience. They are a deal-breaker in some cases, like in an aircraft hangar.
While you may consider metal buildings for your next construction project, some drawbacks can make you think. First, metal is prone to rust and corrosion.
Water leaks are a flaw that causes damage to the contents stored within. Moreover, they are costly and take longer to build than fabric structures.
Conventional fabric structures
Conventional fabric structures are not so expensive as many other options. As a result, they make a suitable choice for temporary building solutions. In addition, they can be disassembled as soon as the job is done.
The main advantage of steel-framed fabric structures over conventional fabric hoops is that the frame ensures ventilation, allowing fresh airflow through the building. That means it can help you save on your energy bills. Another significant advantage of fabric building is that they are fire-resistant.
Why choose fabric structures?
Fabric structures allow an abundance of natural light, offering the added benefit of energy efficiency and a pleasant environment. That means fewer lights are required, and energy cost is lowered. In addition, the buildings are warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
At Iron Span, we provide an array of fabric building solutions for clients to suit their building needs and budget. So if you have been looking for a reputed fabric building manufacturer, look no further.