What’s the Difference Between Storage & Warehousing?

Difference Between Storage and WarehousingThere are many reasons why companies turn to Big Top for a fabric structure, and that’s all thanks to the versatility that our shelters offer over traditional brick-and-mortar buildings. Two primary uses of our fabric structures are for storage and warehousing. What’s the difference between these two types of buildings and how do our shelters suit the needs of each? Let’s explore.

Equipment Storage & Maintenance

Businesses serving nearly every industry will need a place to store and perform maintenance on their equipment. Examples include construction companies that need to store heavy machinery overnight and the marine industry where ports require adequate storage for commodities, as well as shipyards where maintenance is performed on large vessels parked underneath our structures.

Benefits of Our Equipment Maintenance & Storage Facilities

No matter the type of equipment, simply having a space to store it or perform maintenance on it isn’t enough. That’s because, if there isn’t adequate protection from the elements, equipment can be damaged, driving up costs for a company.

Big Top’s structures offer the perfect solution thanks to the thermal-reflective fabric roof, which is formulated to repel 99.95% of UV-A and UV-B radiation. This will help protect equipment, maintain its paint job, and maximize the lifespan of its electronics.


A warehouse is intended not to store equipment for later use, but as a repository for materials that are used in production. As such, they are commonly constructed near where a company’s products are made. When the production line runs out of parts, a material handler will fetch more of those parts from the warehouse, typically using a forklift to remove a pallet of materials from a rack.

Benefits of Our Warehouses

In addition to the UV-protective roof, which will help shield materials from damage caused by exposure to the elements, a fabric warehouse from Big Top can feature an HVAC system and insulation for sensitive parts, durable roadway matting that can support the weight of forklifts, and enough height to accommodate racking.

A common pain point of traditional brick-and-mortar warehouses is that there may not be enough lighting to fully illuminate the interior. Here, again, the fabric roof of a Big Top structure offers an advantage — thanks to its translucent design, it will allow natural sunlight to fully light up the inside of the warehouse without the need for artificial lighting, which can go a long way toward reducing energy usage and associated costs.

Other Great Benefits of Our Fabric Buildings

Because the fabric roof of a Big Top structure reflects UV radiation, it helps to naturally maintain an interior temperature that is, on average, 15 degrees cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than the outside temperature. This will help keep your personnel comfortable throughout the workday.

Our fabric shelters cost less to construct than traditional buildings because they require fewer materials and take less time to erect. In fact, they can be installed at a rate of 2,500 square feet per day. And, because they can be claimed as equipment with the IRS, they may even lead to tax benefits.

To learn more about how our fabric structures are ideal for equipment storage and warehousing, contact Big Top today.

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