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Fabric Building vs Air Structure: Which Is Better?  

Fabric Building
Updated: January 5, 2024
Published: December 28, 2023

Shelter Structures, a company specializing in fabric buildings and air structures, often finds itself at the center of discussions regarding the diverse applications of these two types of constructions. Indeed, while there are distinct differences in their uses, Shelter Structures has identified several overlapping areas where both can be effectively applied. Let’s first delve into the specific characteristics and applications that Shelter Structures highlights about these innovative building solutions.

Air Structure

Undoubtedly, air structures are of many benefits and businesses like to use them for special applications. However, there is usually downsides to each claim that you might not find out about until you’ve already spent a lot of money or time. Firstly, they need to be inflated continuously for using. 24/7 for 365 days if you need to use them. Imagine that pumps and compressors are keeping working for long time, which means the big increasing for your energy costs.

Here comes the second disadvantage, if you use them for a long-term period, periodically inflating and deflating them, store them seasonally, you are very likely to repair and take care of the cracks for the membranes. Additionally, you need to be very careful when storing the structure to prevent mold and mildew from growing during storage.

In contrast to fabric buildings, there are no concerns for rust and corrosion, especially with aluminum frames, and no worries of the membranes are not inflating, regularly and properly cleaning the fabrics can avoid mold and mildew effectively.

Fabric Building, Industrial tent

In this way, considering maintenance costs, air structures have more expenses than fabric structures.

In terms of the utilization of interior spaces, although (most of ) fabric buildings and air structures are clearspan structures, due to the design of air structures, they have sidewalls which are sloped toward the center of the structure, and begin to slope almost immediately. Fabric structures are made of that almost all the spaces inside can be used because of how the beams are designed to support them. This means you don’t need to purchase extra structure just to account for space you can’t use. The result shows out that fabric structures are with more space utilization than air structures.

Air Structure

Before making decisions to choose whether fabric structures or air structures, make sure that you clearly know the application environment and what to expect according to their pros and cons. You can always contact with us, Shelter Structures, for more information and professional suggestion.  

About Shelter Structures
Shelter Structures, renowned globally for its expertise in fabric structures, offers an extensive array of space solutions catering to various domains including events, sports, and industrial applications. This brand is distinguished by its unwavering commitment to quality and innovation. It is recognized for providing reliable and versatile structures, designed to meet the multifaceted needs of clients across the world. Their products stand out in the market for their adaptability and excellence, reflecting the company’s dedication to delivering top-tier space solutions.

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