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Clear Span Metal Buildings: Ideal For Modern Industrial


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Updated: May 28, 2024
Published: April 20, 2024

What are Clear Span Metal Buildings?

What does the Term "Clear Span" mean? A clear span refers to a structure or space without internal supporting columns. It provides maximum flexibility and a sense of openness to interior layouts. Due to their unique design and functional features, clear-span metal Buildings have become the first choice for modern industrial and commercial facilities. These buildings are durable, fast to construct, and cost-effective. They are widely used in warehouses, factories, stadiums, and other places.

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How Do Clear Span Metal Buildings work?

Clear Span Metal Buildings are available in a wide range of spans, from a few meters for small warehouses to tens of meters for large sports venues. Standard spans range from 9 meters (30 feet) to 30 meters (100 feet) or even more significant. You can consult Shelter's professional technical team for a giant tent.

Advantages of Clear Span Metal Buildings

High space utilization efficiency

Clear-span Metal Buildings do not have any internal supporting columns or beams. This unique design makes the interior space of the entire building coherent and open. Whether in warehousing, logistics, or manufacturing, this open-space layout significantly improves space utilization, allowing equipment, goods, and personnel to move and arrange freely without fear of collision or restriction.

Strong structural stability

Clear Span Metal Buildings use high-strength materials and advanced engineering to maintain stability even in adverse weather conditions. Aluminum has excellent oxidation resistance and is not susceptible to oxidation, corrosion, or rust. It is a relatively corrosion-resistant metal with a long life. The strong and stable frame determines its stability compared to other tents.

Fast construction speed

Clear Span Metal Buildings' use of prefabricated components dramatically reduces the work required for on-site construction. The structure is already completed at the factory and only needs to be transported to the construction site for assembly. Modular design means the building is split into several independent modules or units. The modular design also allows the building to be expanded or retrofitted in the future, providing great flexibility.

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Disadvantages of Clear Span Steel Buildings

Limited sound insulation effect

The limitations of the sound insulation effect mainly stem from the physical characteristics of the metal material itself. Metal is a hard, dense material, and these properties disadvantage it when it comes to sound insulation. When sound waves pass through metal structures, they are prone to reflection and penetration, resulting in high sound propagation efficiency and weakening the sound insulation effect. Additional soundproofing measures are required.

  • Add sound insulation materials to walls and roofs, such as sound insulation cotton, sound-absorbing panels, etc.
  • Design a double-wall structure with soundproofing material between the layers.
  • Install weatherstripping and soundproof windows.


Although Clear-Span Metal Buildings can be surface-treated to improve their appearance, compared to padoga tents, they lack a bit of design. In a contemporary society that pursues individuality and artistry, the straight lines and sharp edges of metal structures are not the first choice for most people.

High thermal conductivity

Due to their high thermal conductivity, Clear-Span Metal Buildings face certain challenges in temperature control. To increase comfort, additional insulation and ventilation measures may be required.

  • Add high-efficiency insulation materials like rock wool to the inside and outside metal structures to reduce heat conduction.
  • A properly designed ventilation system ensures indoor air circulation and helps regulate temperature.
  • Install sun protection on the exterior of the building, such as shades, awnings, or greenery covers.

Clear Span Metal Buildings Cost

The cost of Clear Span Metal Buildings is affected by various factors, including the size of the building, quality of materials, design complexity, location, and additional features.

  • Material Cost: This is the central portion of the total cost and includes steel beams, columns, roofing, and wall coverings.
  • Foundation Cost: The cost of designing and building a foundation depends on soil conditions, foundation type, and geographic location.
  • Installation costs: Installation costs include transportation, hoisting, and on-site construction. Depends on the project's complexity and location.
  • Additional features: Additional features such as insulation, ventilation, doors, windows, interior decoration, etc., will increase costs.

Choose Clear Span Metal Buildings from SHELTER

Stronger delivery capabilities

SHELTER has become a leader in the industry with its excellent delivery capabilities. Our factory building is more than 30,000 square meters and is equipped with advanced production equipment. Automated production lines to ensure production efficiency.

Stronger technical team

SHELTER has brought together a group of experienced and skilled engineers and designers. We provide from conceptual design to detailed construction drawings. A full range of services gives you peace of mind.

Any non-standard customization can be provided

No matter how complex the non-standard customization project is, SHELTER's technical team can provide tailor-made solutions with professional knowledge and innovative thinking. Our after-sales service is very sound, so there is no need to consider accessory adaptation.

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This article introduces Clear Span Metal Buildings, analyzes its advantages and disadvantages, and analyzes the purchase costs. Clear Span Steel Buildings is certainly an option worth considering for those looking for a project that is quick to build, uses space efficiently, and focuses on long-term value. If you want more data about tents, you can contact us!


  • What are Clear Span Metal Buildings?

    Temporary buildings designed without internal columns in the middle of clear-span metal buildings provide free and spacious space. They are widely used in commercial exhibitions, festivals, sports events, logistics and warehousing, military applications, etc.

  • How much does a clear span cost?

    Clear span metal building prices include different material costs, transportation costs, accessory costs, etc. If you need a specific price, you can contact us for a detailed quotation.

  • What is the difference between a span and a clear span?

    The difference between clear span and span is that there is no inner column design in clear span; that is, there is no obstruction. That's why it's called "clear".

  • What are the popular widths of clear-span metal Buildings?

    The most common are 20-70 foot clear span tents.

  • What are the optional accessories for clear-span metal Buildings?
    • Doors and windows
    • Ventilation system
    • Thermal insulation and insulation materials
    • Wall and roof covering materials
    • Foundation and support systems
  • Are Clear Span Metal Buildings waterproof?

    Clear Span Metal Buildings are 100% waterproof.

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