How Much Does It Cost to Build an Aircraft Hangar?

How Much Does it Cost to Build an Aircraft Hangar?If you’re a fixed-base operator, private aircraft owner, or otherwise invested in the aviation industry and are interested in a solution for housing aircraft for storage or maintenance, you may be wondering how much it will cost to build an aircraft hangar. When you partner with Big Top, the cost may be less than you think. Our fabric shelters provide many benefits for the aviation industry, and cost savings is just one.

Cost Savings

A custom-designed hangar or sunshade from Big Top requires fewer materials and less time to build than a traditional T-hangar. Plus, we can provide turnkey installation or train your own crew on how to assemble the shelter, saving you from having to hire a separate contractor. And, because our buildings can be registered as equipment with the IRS, you may be able to recoup some costs with tax benefits.

Energy Savings & Superior Sun Protection

Not only are our hangars and sunshades more cost effective to build than a traditional T-hangar, but they also offer energy savings thanks to the fabric roof. The roof is translucent and will allow natural sunlight to flood the interior, minimizing or eliminating altogether the need for artificial lighting and the energy costs that go with it.

Additionally, the roof is formulated to repel 99.95 percent of UV-A and UV-B radiation, which helps the shelter maintain a comfortable interior temperature that is on average 15 degrees cooler or warmer than the outside temperature. And, by protecting your aircraft from sun exposure, our shelters can help prolong the lifespan of your aircraft’s electronics and paint job.

Other Benefits of Our Hangars & Sunshades

When you consider the low assembly cost and the energy savings, it’s easy to see why our hangars and sunshades are so popular. But these are only the beginning of the benefits our shelters provide. When you partner with Big Top for a hangar or sunshade, you can expect it to be:


Our shelters can be anchored to nearly any type of foundation, including asphalt, which will allow them to be erected directly on the flight line. They can also be moved intact with a crane, if needed, and can be disassembled and shipped to another location should your operations relocate.


Our fabric shelters are supported by a high-quality, galvanized steel frame that will hold strong through inclement weather, and they can be engineered for heavy wind and snow loads to meet local building requirements. The fabric roof resists tears and is NFPA701 flame retardant.

Proudly Serving the U.S. Military Since 1979

At Big Top, we are honored to have worked with the U.S. military over the years. Our shelters can be found at Air Force bases all across the country. In fact, we’re approved by the USACE as being compliant with U.S. Air Force Sunshade Management (AFSM), Air Force Instruction (AFI), and IBC. Furthermore, our hangars and sunshades are Berry Amendment compliant for military use.

To learn more about our fabric hangars and sunshades, or to get a quote for your custom shelter, contact Big Top today.

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