How to Choose the Right Fabric Structure for your Next Project


Fabric buildings and temporary structures can be used for a variety of projects. Lunch tents, temporary warehousing, construction site covers, or airplane hangers are just a couple of examples of how these clear-span fabric structures are used. The uses of structures are endless and can often be designed to suit many unique projects. 

Once a decision has been made that a project is in need of a temporary structure, the next question is what type of structure is best for the project. There are many factors to consider when choosing the size and type of temporary fabric building. From geographical location to number of square feet needed, there are a few determining factors in choosing the best structure for you next project. 


Step 1: Determine weather conditions. 

If you are located in areas with strong winds or heavy snowfall you will need a structure to withstand these conditions. Temporary structures come with a snow and wind capacity so this will be a major determining factor in which structure is right for your project. 

Step 2: Figure out what size structure you will need.

Some structures come in certain sizes and vary based on capacity. Make sure you know the size you will need, either by square feet or the number of people that will be using the structure. This will be a deciding factor in which structure best fits your needs.

Step 3: Understand your accessory options.

Do you know that you can customize fabric structures to meet your needs? Need a certain type of garage door in a particular area? Most projects can be customized to fit your particular needs. From HVAC units to various-sized doors knowing your accessory options is the key to creating a structure to fit your needs. Customization varies on the type of structure, so it is important to know what you will need before you decide on a fabric structure. 

Step 3: Decide on a structure.

Sunbelt Rentals' Super Series™ structure ranges from 10 meters to 50  meters in length, with a peak height ranging from 13 feet to 46.5 feet. This structure is lightweight and can be rapidly installed for quick deadlines. The Super Series offers great protection from standard elements such as rain and cold temperatures.

The MegaStructure™ is a powerful structure, withstanding winds up to 130 mph, combined with a snow load of 30 lbs. per square foot.This industrial fabric structure is best suited for semi-permanent applications of at least three months and is ideal for industrial projects, turnaround events and those applications located in areas with harsh climate conditions.

Our MTS™ structures are versatile, being that it’s easily relocatable and can expand to meet your needs. The structure’s peaked-arch profile makes it ideal for long term applications in the harshest environments. Not only can these structures withstand heavy winds, but they are also able to shed snow.

The MAX756 is a blast-resistant tent specifically engineered for RP 756. This structure is designed for extreme weather conditions and allows crews to be stationed up to 75% closer to the process area than standard break tents. This feature allows your crew to spend more time on wrenches and less time traveling to and from break.  

You can use our structure sector to find out which structure works best for your next project. Keep in mind that Sunbelt Rentals can also customize any fabric structure — adding hard sides for insulation, extra bays, cables, etc. — to meet your requirements based on location, project timeline and other factors.


Topics: Clearspan Fabric Structure Temporary Warehouses and Storage Construction and Maintenance Covers Manufacturing