Advantages of Big Top’s Clear Span Structures Over Permanent Buildings

Clear Span Fabric Structures

Companies that need a reliable solution for storing materials and equipment can find one at Big Top. Our fabric structures offer many benefits compared to traditional brick-and-mortar buildings, which is why they’re used across nearly every industry.

Cost Savings

Big Top’s clear span fabric structures are more cost-effective than permanent buildings as they require fewer materials to build. They can be deployed quickly at a rate of 2,500 square feet per day and do not require a specialized contractor whose services can otherwise eat into your budget. Additionally, our shelters offer significant energy savings thanks to the fabric roof.

Energy Savings

The fabric roof of our structures delivers energy savings with natural illumination and climate control. In fact, the fabric is translucent, allowing sunlight to fully illuminate the interior, minimizing the need for artificial lighting. And, thanks to exceptional thermal performance, our fabric roofs help to maintain a comfortable interior temperature that is, on average, 15 degrees cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than the outside temperature, eliminating the need for climate control. When you think about how much energy can be saved with one of our clear span structures, it’s easy to see how they provide an impressive return on investment.

Designed for Oversized Storage

While the rigid design of permanent buildings limits their size options, Big Top’s fabric structures can be nearly any size. In fact, our clear span shelters can span up to 174 feet wide and 80 feet tall, and they can be any length. With no internal guy wires or columns, our buildings offer plenty of space for storage racks and oversized equipment, like aircraft and emergency vehicles.

Protection for Your Materials, Equipment & Staff

Another key advantage of Big Top’s clear span fabric structures is superior thermal performance. The fabric roof is formulated to repel 99.95% of UV-A and UV-B radiation, maximizing the lifespan of your materials and equipment, and shielding your staff from excessive sun exposure which may otherwise hamper productivity. If you work with environmentally sensitive materials, we can install insulation and HVAC systems.


One of the biggest drawbacks of a brick-and-mortar building is that it is permanently installed. Big Top’s versatile solutions offer flexibility to keep pace with the changing needs of your company. For instance, they can be moved around your property intact with a crane, and they can be disassembled and shipped to a new location if needed.

A Durable Design That Will Last for Years

Big Top’s fabric structures offer long-term use thanks to a strong frame made from industrial-strength galvanized steel. Our shelters can be engineered for heavy wind and snow loads, and the fabric roof is NFPA701 flame retardant. With regular maintenance, our clear span structures can be utilized for myriad applications spanning several decades.

Contact Us to Learn More

If you need a strong, custom designed building for your operations, we invite you to contact us for a consultation to learn more about why our solutions are better than permanent buildings.

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