Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions about our structures, their countless features, durability, efficiency and more.

General FAQs

Is it a tent?

Though a Mahaffey structure is often called a tent, it is an engineered membrane structure, which meets the code requirements of permanent buildings.

It is constructed of aluminum uprights and I-beams, integrally connected to high quality, flame-retardant fabric or Guardian Steel™ panels, which offer security and are resistant to hostile weather conditions. These structures are engineered to withstand high winds, and depending on the structure you choose, will shed snow or have up to 30 lb. per sq. ft. snow load.

With 90 years experience, Mahaffey delivers the most reliable, versatile and technically advanced structures in North America and the Caribbean.

What are the advantages of these fabric structures?

When you break it down, you’ll see that Mahaffey provides a superior advantage to new construction. Our innovative, all-in-one fabric structure provides you with a shelter solution in a short amount of time.

Mahaffey structures are built with durable, dependable fabric that can withstand harsh weather environments.

With rapid installation, energy efficiency, long-term flexibility and a true economic alternative, Mahaffey’s got you covered. Built with a 20+ year frame warranty, it also features exceptional durability and proven long-term performance.

What about theft or security options?

As with a conventional building, security is of the utmost importance. An optional hard-wall system, Mahaffey’s Guardian Steel™ walls, is available for those concerned about security or weather threats. We can also surround your structure with fencing if necessary.

Motion detectors to trigger and alarm system to summon security or police are used in the same way as other structures.

Can the structure be air-conditioned or heated?

Mahaffey offers an effective and proven insulation system, using R-15, high density, CFC-free polyurethane insulation finished with an attractive tensioned interior finish.

Does it meet building codes?

Mahaffey structures are designed to meet IBC requirements. Once the lease agreement is signed, we will supply a comprehensive permitting package, complete with CAD drawings and supporting calculations, all stamped by a licensed engineer certified in your area.

Who oversees my company’s project?

Your dedicated Project Manager will oversee all aspects of your project, from initial contact with you to project completion. He will work with you to coordinate necessary meetings with our operations department and other key decision-makers, including our field crew, regarding installation, on-site management, dismantle and relocation if necessary.

Strength

How long will a Mahaffey structure last?

Mahaffey structures are built to last, withstanding extreme weather conditions. The aluminum and steel frames used have a 20-plus year warranty. Our fabric is guaranteed up to 12 years, while Guardian Steel™ panels have a much longer lifespan.

 

Design Flexibility

Can we change or add to the structure in the future?

Yes. Because the temporary structure is modular in design, it allows for easy expansion or reduction in the future.

Can it be attached to an existing building?

Yes. A Mahaffey fabric structure can easily be attached to an existing building through our sealed connecting tent system. The structure can also be butted up directly to a conventional building.

Can a Mahaffey structure be relocated?

Mahaffey structures can be dismantled, redesigned if needed and relocated for a number of applications. This is an easy and cost-effective solution.

 

Pricing

How much does a Mahaffey tent building cost?

Though Mahaffey structures offer an economic alternative up front, that is only one aspect of the long-term budget. Leasing your temporary or semi-permanent structure offers several advantages. Learn more.

Are engineering costs included?

Yes. You do not need to budget any extra costs for engineering the structure, as it will be included in the lease price of your Mahaffey structure.

Could we build a conventional metal building cheaper (i.e. opt for new construction)?

It is very unlikely that you could find a more cost-effective use of your building budget. Mahaffey structures are virtually maintenance-free, meaning less cost for you throughout the lease.

 

Time Frame

How fast can a Mahaffey structure be installed?

With over 1 million square feet of structure ready for immediate delivery, these structures can be erected at a rate of up to 10,000 square feet per day, depending on your structure type. The entire project takes a fraction of the time compared to new construction, not to mention the decreased cost.

 

Energy Efficiency

Is the tent building energy-efficient?

Mahaffey structures, with up to R-25 ratings, outperform other types of covers, resulting in decreased operational costs. There is almost zero air leakage, which can be attributed to our unique design and insulation.