Big Top Can Make the Tensioned Fabric Structure That Your Business Needs

Tensioned Fabric Structure

If you would like to invest in a tensioned fabric structure, then you have come to the right place. Big Top is a custom manufacturer of fabric buildings, with decades of experience. We’ve built warehouses, equipment maintenance shelters, military hangars and sunshades, blast-and-paint shops, and many other types of structures for organizations in many different industries.

Why Invest in a Tensioned Fabric Structure?

Our fabric structures require far fewer materials than permanent buildings and can be quickly assembled at a rate of 2,500 square feet per day. The savings on construction costs alone will help keep you on budget, and you can also expect energy savings thanks to the superior thermal performance from a Big Top fabric structure. And when you consider the portability of our tensioned buildings, which can move with you if your operations relocate, it’s clear that our fabric structures are the cost-effective and versatile solution your business needs.

A Custom Design That Works for You

Because Big Top is a custom manufacturer, we have the freedom to make fabric structures that are tailored to the needs of our customers. We’ll work closely with you to learn about the priorities and requirements for your structure, and help you create the optimal design. Any tensioned fabric structure built by Big Top can be customized with respect to its:


Whether you need a building to store aircraft or jobsite supplies, Big Top’s fabric structures are the answer, as they are available in custom sizes. The width of your building can span up to 174 feet, and it can reach 80 feet in height. If you need even more height, we can anchor your tensioned fabric structure to stacks of shipping containers. No matter the size, the interior of your shelter will be free of columns and guy wires, allowing you to use every square inch of space.

Optional Features

HVAC, doors, flooring, and lighting are all examples of optional features that can be integrated into a Big Top fabric structure. In addition to HVACs, we can add extra insulation in the design for climate-controlled environments. Door options include personnel doors for staff and large bay doors for shipping and receiving or oversized equipment access. Our roadway flooring can be deployed over virtually any terrain and is strong enough to handle the weight of heavy equipment. We can also install a sports surface for athletic events. Other add-ons include air-scrubbing systems, lightning protection, and rails for telescopic maneuverability.

Fabric Weight & Color

Our fabric is available in 18-, 22-, and 28-ounce weights, as well as several different color options.

Outstanding Thermal Performance

Of all the features of a Big Top fabric structure, you may appreciate the fabric roof the most. The fabric material is formulated to repel 99.95% of UV-A and UV-B radiation for an impressive UPF rating of 2,000 and a conventional rating of 50 plus, offering exceptional protection for your staff, equipment, and materials.

Keeping Your Staff Comfortable

With such a high level of thermal performance, the fabric roofs of our structures help to keep the interior at a pleasant temperature that is, on average, 15 degrees cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than the outside temperature, without the aid of artificial climate control. Keeping your staff comfortable throughout the workday means fewer breaks and more productive operations.

Protection for Equipment

By shielding your aircraft, ship, or other vehicles and equipment, our fabric structures can help maximize the lifespan of its electronics and paint job.

A Safe Environment for Sensitive Materials

Big Top’s fabric structures also help shelter environmentally sensitive materials from harmful exposure to the elements. For instance, waste management companies need to keep cardboard dry if it is to be recycled properly. And, as mentioned above, we can also install climate control add-ons if necessary.

Energy Efficiency Benefits

Another great feature of the fabric roof is that it is translucent. For daytime operations, you won’t need to rely on artificial lighting—the roof will allow plenty of natural light to flood the interior, fully illuminating your space. The energy savings of this benefit will certainly add up over time, providing a great return on your investment.

Deployable in Nearly Any Environment

Big Top’s tensioned fabric structures can be deployed nearly anywhere, as they do not require a concrete foundation. Indeed, our shelters can be anchored to a variety of materials, including asphalt, shipping containers, and ecology blocks, making them a versatile solution for wherever your operations are located. If you’re in a climate that experiences turbulent weather, we can add extra engineering for heavy wind and snow loads, and we can install lighting protection so your building can be used as a muster station for your staff in severe weather. And, you can rest assured that your tensioned fabric structure is built strong thanks to its industrial-grade, galvanized steel frame, which will last for years with proper maintenance.


Big Top’s fabric structures are designed to keep pace with changes at your company. If you need to move your shelter to another spot on your property, it can be lifted intact by crane and repositioned. If your business should relocate, or if your operations require frequent relocations, your building can be disassembled, packed, and shipped. It can also be stored for future use.

Let’s Get Started

At Big Top, it is our goal to ensure our customers’ total satisfaction. You can expect nothing but top-tier service from the Big Top team. We’ve been dutifully helping businesses across the United States with their temporary building needs since 1979, and we’re ready to show you how we can help yours.

Contact Big Top today if you are interested in having a tensioned fabric structure custom made for your business. One of our knowledgeable representatives will be glad to assist you.

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