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5 Misconceptions Of Tension Fabric Buildings (And The Truth Behind Them)

Tension fabric buildings can be a valuable asset to your company. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about these structures; today, we’ll debunk them.

Right now, more and more businesses are finding that they can get a lot of use out of tension fabric buildings. They’ve become indispensable for all kinds of things, but there are still some businesses out there that are hesitant about using them. Not sure if they’re right for you? Here are some common misconceptions about tension buildings you may have heard, and the truth behind them.  

Myth 1: A Fabric Building Is Just A Temporary Structure 

If you need a structure for extra space on your site, you may not want a fabric one as you’ve heard that they’re just for temporary usage. Or, you may not know how long you’re going to need that structure for, so surely you can’t settle for a temporary building? 

It is true that there are fabric buildings designed for temporary use, but there are plenty more structures that are made to last for a longer period of time, too. These usually use anchors that are drilled directly into the ground, allowing the building to stay stable, no matter how long it needs to sit there.  

Just because it’s anchored to the ground, doesn’t mean that it can’t be moved easily. If you need to move the structure for any reason, then it can easily be removed from its anchors and placed elsewhere. That way, you don’t need to worry about having to change up your site layout when needs be. It’s quick to do too, so you won’t lose time having to move the structure when the need arises.  

Myth 2: Tension Fabric Buildings Aren’t Durable 

This is a misconception that is born out of the idea that a fabric building is just a temporary structure. As many people perceive these buildings to be akin to tents, they feel that they won’t be able to stand up to the weather and everyday use.  

This isn’t true at all. A tension fabric building is made to be more rugged and capable than other temporary structures. The fabrics used in the construction of these structures is usually polyethylene, a highly sturdy material that can take anything the weather throws at it. You’ll often be able to get these fabrics in a rip-stop weave, in order to avoid rips and tears from happening.  

As for the frames, these are usually made from triple galvanized steel. They’re corrosion-resistant, and more than strong enough to hold the tent up. That means they won’t corrode when being bombarded with salt and sand and can take the weight of snow if it falls on the roof. They should also be able to withstand high wind speeds, so you can use a fabric structure without worrying about the weather damaging it.  

Myth 3: Tension Fabric Buildings Are Just Designed For Agriculture 

There’s no denying that tension fabric buildings are highly useful when it comes to agriculture. They’re a staple in the industry, excellent for storing goods on property. While that’s the case, many believe they’re only good for the agriculture industry as a whole.  

Thanks to the pandemic, many industries have found a use for tension fabric buildings. For example, many testing centersrestaurants, and grocery stores are using drive-thru-style structures in order to provide services to customers. Others have found they’re great for creating socially distant spaces, such as offices and break rooms.  

There are whole other industries that can get a lot of these buildings, too. For example, the construction industry can use fabric buildings to store materials and equipment, directly on site. They have a lot of uses, so you can make the most of the space you have, and protect any equipment or stock that you have on-site.  

Myth 4: A Tension Fabric Building Can’t Be Built To Your Needs 

There are plenty of tension buildings out there that are very rigid in what they offer. You’ll get a certain size and shape, and you’ll have to work around that. Because of that, it’s easy to imagine that a tension tent will be much the same. If they’re not customizable, are they useful to you? 

The fact is that tension fabric tents are very customizable. That’s thanks to a modular design, that allows you to put together a building that’s the size and shape that you need it to be. As these are usually clear span design too, there’s no poles or other structural aspects impeding the floor space inside it. That way, you can use it in whatever way suits you best.  

For example, they can be used as temporary garages to store vehicles, or as warehouses to stock items as needed. You’ll have lots of flexibility with these structures when you use them.  

Myth 5: Fabric Buildings Don’t Have Integrated Accessories 

When you construct any kind of building, you won’t simply build the walls and roof and call it a day. There are all kinds of accessories needed to make it usable, day today. Many think that tension fabric buildings don’t use these, so they aren’t as useful as other buildings.  

The fact is, you can have all kinds of accessories included, to ensure that it’s totally usable and up to speed. For example, things like exit lights and fire safety equipment can be provided. If you’re in a particularly hot or cold climate, HVAC can be installed along with it to keep it comfortable. It also helps with keeping stock at the right temperature, if that’s what you’re using the building for.  

There are all kinds of different accessories you can get along with your building when you get them. It’s worth talking to your supplier to see what’s available to you. Then you can get what you need from them.  

There are all kinds of misconceptions around tension fabric buildings, but you need to know the truth so you can take advantage of them. Now you know a lot of the benefits of using them, so you can get the most out of your temporary space. Look into hiring or buying one now to put all space on your site to the best possible use.