Can Fabric Structures Withstand the Test of Time?

It may seem like fabric structures are all the rage these days—woven, braided, and even flat fabric structures that look like sails or origami or lampshades or something out of A Wrinkle in Time are popping up everywhere from arbor shelters to building facades to decorations on festival stages. But do they really work? Can they really withstand the test of time? Or do you get what you pay for with a lovely-looking temporary structure that doesn’t last through the first downpour? Before we answer, let’s take a look at what is a fabric structure. 

What is a fabric structure?

A fabric structure is a type of building that uses a metal frame covered with a fabric membrane. The frame can be made from steel, aluminum, or some wood, and the membrane can be made from PVC-coated polyester, acrylic-coated polyester, or glass-fiber reinforced polyester. Fabric structures are often used for temporary buildings, such as exhibition halls or sports stadiums. However, high quality professionally made fabric structures have been designed to last for decades.

Who uses fabric structures, and where are they used?

Just about anyone can use a fabric structure. Higher quality fabric shelters like those from Big Top Manufacturing are often used by large businesses  as warehouses, distribution centers, lunch facilitates, data centers, and other commercial purposes. Yet they’re also used by individuals to store things like cars, airplanes, ships, etc. 

What are some benefits to using a fabric structure?

 Fabric structures are extremely versatile and can be used in a variety of settings. They are also relatively easy to set up and take down, which makes them ideal for temporary or seasonal use. This plus, they require less maintenance, reduce energy costs, are eco-friendly, and generally cheaper then the tradition building. 

Why should you choose a manufacturer with a proven track record in the industry?


A fabric structure is an investment. Just like any other investment you want to be sure that the manufacturer you choose has a proven track record in the industry. Look for a company that has been in business for several years and has a good reputation. Make sure they use high-quality materials and have a team of experienced professionals who can help you with the design and installation of your new fabric structure. A company oh maybe like the experts here at Big Top Manufacturing. 

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