A tension fabric structure, also known as tensile structure or fabric structure, can be used in a wide variety of settings and situations. Whether you’re looking to build an outdoor shelter, protect your valuables from harsh weather, or simply want to add some color to your home, tension fabric structures can fit the bill. This guide breaks down all of the different types of tension fabric structures and their benefits, so you can learn how to choose the one that’s right for you!

What are tension structures?

Tension structures, tensile structures & fabric structures are different names for a group of different styles in which structure is created with tensioned structural elements, such as cables. This works by pulling all cables tight to create tension throughout a structure, making it very sturdy. With tension fabric structures you can have all manner of curves in your tensile roofing or coverings to fit your needs. These buildings are often known as Big Tops because they allow you to make almost any size without material restrictions. They’re also commonly used as big top shelters at construction sites or marathons where shelter is needed quickly that can withstand harsh conditions without being too much when not needed.

What is a tensile structure?

A tensile structure, or a fabric structure as it is also known, is an extremely lightweight yet highly durable form of shelter. Tensile structures are usually made from steel, carbon fiber or even Kevlar® fibre. Many people refer to tension fabric structures as big top shelters due to their use in creating large tents for sporting events or concerts. Tensile structures are cost-effective because they are easy to erect; unlike traditional steel construction methods which require heavy equipment and highly skilled workers to erect. A large tensile structure can be erected by a small team in only weeks; whereas you would need several months working on a traditional building project. Thousands of fabric buildings were used during World War II as military aircraft hangars due to their durability; many still exist today!

How to choose between tensile fabric structures and conventional fabric structures

When choosing between tensile fabric structures, tension structures, and conventional fabric structures, there are a number of factors to consider. First up is size. Traditional fabric buildings have limits to their height; you can’t build something that’s more than 150 feet tall because it would collapse under its own weight. On top of that, traditional fabric structures are best for small areas such as exhibitions or festivals (think: an hourglass or dome). That said, tension fabric buildings don’t have that limit; they can be any size – all you need is enough steel cable (or rope in some cases) to make them sturdy.

Applications for tension fabric structures

There are many different applications for tension fabric structures. Some applications include: trade shows, buildings, lunch halls, temporary events and retail environments. Tensile structures are ideal for these kinds of events due to their flexibility. Unlike other types of shelters that may not be able to change size or shape easily, tension fabric structures allow you to reconfigure them quickly at a moment’s notice. They also require no bolts or hardware in order to set up. If you are looking for an option that is cost effective, convenient and easy to set up, BIG TOP’s tension fabric structures may be right for you!