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What Is a Clear Span Tent

Luis

Bilingual in English and Spanish, Luis excels in event space planning, bringing multicultural insights to his innovative tent designs.

Updated: May 28, 2024
Published: May 18, 2024

"Clear Span" is a term commonly used in building and bridge construction. "Clear Span Tent" is one kind of Clear Span Building.

A clear-span tent is a tent with no internal poles or supports, a style that allows for unobstructed space under the tent structure.

Traditional "pole" tents use a central support pole and perimeter poles to support the top of the tent. Section space may be limited and the location of the poles needs to be considered when arranging seating and other facilities.

Clear Span Structures

Types of Clear Span Tents

Depending on the shape there are about 6 common types of clear span tents on the market as follows:

1. Sliding Movable Tent

Sliding Movable Tent is an innovative clear span tent design that utilizes a sliding rail system combined with a one-touch intelligent system offering a seamless indoor-outdoor transition.
Arch Movable Pool Canopy TENT
Sliding Movable Tent Benefits
  • - Flame retardant, PVC fabric fire retardant, certified by DIN 4102 B1, M2; USA NFPA 701
  • - Thickness, premium grade, high gloss white, thickness > 0.65mm
  • - Hardness, main frame constructed by hard pressed extruded structural aluminum T6061/T6 feature with stainless finish
  • - Strength, all covers are made of double-coated synthetic fiber with the best performance in breaking strength
  • - Snow resistant, average snow load up to 0.1kN/m2
  • - Wind resistant, fully open & half open max. wind load up to 74km /h, fully closed max. wind load up to 100km/h

2. TFS Series Clear Span Tent

The TFS Series Clear Span Tent looks like a peach upside down, and from the top, it resembles an A-frame tent with a peaked roof. The design widens the traditional pitch angle of 18° to 25°. With the pitch angle becoming bigger, it is more resistant to snow and rain than other tents. The bending and expansion of the sides also allow for efficient use of the interior space.
Shelter Structures Army Tent
TFS Series Clear Span Tent Benefits
  • - Flame retardant, PVC fabric fire retardant, certified by DIN 4102 B1, M2; USA NFPA 701
  • - Large span-, ranges from 10 to 60 meters, suitable for any size of event.
  • - Modular design
  • - Durable & safe, designed to withstand wind loads up to 100km/h (62mph)
  • - High-quality materials, frame made of high-grade anodized aluminum and corrosive-resistant galvanized steel
  • - A full range of add-ons are available to enhance functionality and aesthetics.

3. MPT Series Clear Span Tent

MPT stands for Mixed Party Tent, and the look of the MPT Series Clear Span Tent  is a combination of many different shapes, resulting in versatility and luxury.

Mixed Party Clear Span Tents
MPT Series Clear Span Tent Benefits
  • - Aesthetics
  • - Customizable with flexible combinations of spires, polygons, A-frames, arches, narrow shapes, and more.
  • - High-Quality materials, The frame is made from high-grade anodized aluminum and corrosive-resistant galvanized steel. The cover is made from flame-retardant PVC.
  • - Wide range of accessories, Includes interior and exterior stairs, balconies, insulated glass, entrance, lighting, and air conditioning.

4. Atrium Clear Span Tent

The Atrium Clear Span Tent  is a large, clear tent that is highly ornamental and a symbol of luxury and grandeur.

Covers are supplied using the latest in low wick, anti-fungicide high gloss white, flame retardant translucent, or Opaque PVC.

Atrium Clear Span Tents
Atrium Clear Span Tent Benefits
  • - Made of hard, pressed extruded aluminum alloy T6061/T6
  • - Impenetrable weather resistance, engineered to withstand wind speeds of up to 115mph, ensuring an unyielding shelter.
  • - Flame retardant-PVC fabric fire retardant, certified by DIN 4102
  • - Expansive structure, the 5m bay distance ensures the tent's adaptability to grand-scale events.
  • - Lavish accessory choices, opt for the 950g/sqm double-coated clear PVC with black trim or the refined horizontal glass wall.

5. Arch Clear Span Tent

Arch clear span tents  have a unique arched appearance

Transforming Outdoor Spaces with The Canopy Lounge
Arch Clear Span Tent Benefits
  • - High-Quality Materials, Crafted from a combination of high-grade anodized aluminum and corrosive-resistant galvanized steel, our frame ensures lasting quality. Covers are supplied using the latest in low wick, anti-fungicide high gloss white, flame retardant translucent, or opaque PVC for a premium finish.
  • - Unlimited expansion of your space, add modular extensions in 5.00m increments.
  • - Safety standards, the PVC fabric of the cover meets stringent safety standards and is certified to DIN4102 B1 M2 and NFPA 701 for flame retardancy
  • - Durability, withstands wind loads up to 120 km/h (75 mph)
  • - Adaptability, allowing the use of a wide range of universal accessories (including a variety of walls, doors, and other common indoor fixtures)

6. Multi Sided Series Clear Span Tent

Multi-sided series clear span tent  appearance is dominated by geometric contours octagonal, decagonal, or hexagonal.

Multi Side Clear Span Tents Pop
Multi-Sided Series Clear Span Tent Benefits
  • - Customizable Size, The marquee spans 20 meters, making it suitable for any event size.
  • - Modular Design
  • - Durable and Safe, The marquee is designed to withstand wind loads up to 100km/h (62mph).
  • - With robust frame profiles and fire-retardant PVC fabric
  • - Multi-functional space configuration
Clear Span Structure
Summary of Clear Span Tents Features
  • - In open areas, there are no physical barriers such as internal support poles. Nothing distracts the eye, blocks the view of guests, or interferes with the placement of equipment such as stages, tables, booths, seating, or items in the construction tent. They provide a wide, open area for your event.
  • - Heavy Duty, materials meet all safety requirements of the International Building Code for temporary structures, can withstand inclement weather, and can be installed in the same location for years.
  • - Lightweight buildings can be installed quickly, and time is money in the commercial world, where construction can take two to three years compared to other buildings. In contrast, a clear-span tent can take only four hours.
  • - Customizable
  • - Modular and free to use Spacious, accessible floor space can accommodate multiple configurations and maintain the integrity of the clear-span building
  • - Affordable, these structures are lightweight and have low transportation costs compared to other building materials for large buildings
Span Tent Installation

Clear Span Tent Installation

They are transported to the clearing by large trucks and require a team to set up together.

Manpower is first required to assemble the base frame on the ground, which is then raised by heavy equipment such as forklifts or cranes, and then installed by bolts and bayonet pins, just like a traditional timber frame building.

Depending on the size, experience and working conditions of the crew, at least 8,000 square feet of clear span can be installed in a day, with 25,000 square feet of clear span not uncommon for experienced crews. Of course, multiple crews working on several different tents at the same time will allow for faster installations.

Clear Span Tent Installation

The clear span is anchored to the ground using a sturdy steel base plate, which is firmly anchored to the ground by driving steel stakes into the ground.
Because soil conditions vary across the United States, from sandy loam to clay. Water saturation or lack thereof can significantly affect the grip of the steel piles. Therefore, a tension test of the base plate is required at the installation site before installation to verify that the correct number of piles or anchors are being used.

Uses for Clear Span Tents

Agriculture: Large agribusinesses need barns or equipment sheds with enough space to operate large modern tractors, combines, threshers, and other farm equipment. Clear-span metal buildings provide farmers and ranchers with the space they need.

Clear Span Tent For Agriculture
Commercial: Warehouse operations require ample space to access changing inventory quickly and efficiently. Columns within the structure hindered maneuverability. Clear span structures simplify the warehouse manager's job.
Clear Span Tent For Warehouse
Clear Span Tent For Transportation
Transportation: Hangars and awnings must provide room for aircraft to move. Clear span metal buildings not only provide the open space needed, but also easily accommodate the large door spans required for aircraft hangars.

How Long Will a Clear Span Tent Building Last?

With proper maintenance, Net Span tents are durable and disaster-resistant and can continue to maintain strength and integrity, and the modular system can easily accommodate horizontal expansion to gain new life beyond its original design, further extending its lifespan.

Where to Buy a Clear Span Tent?

Shelter Structures has a dedicated product development group and experienced design team combined with cutting-edge technology that can be customized for you.
We are trusted by our customers around the world and specialize in the most complex challenges. From design to engineering, we set the highest quality standards to ensure unrivaled reliability. Embrace innovation and choose shelter.
If you are in need of a free estimate for a versatile, fast clear-span tent, call us today at  +1 713-386-9281 or contact us at [email protected].

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