Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions about our structures, their countless features, durability, efficiency and more. If we're missing your question, contact us!

  • General Questions

  • Is it a tent?

    Though a Sunbelt Rentals 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, Sunbelt Rentals delivers the most reliable, versatile and technically advanced structures in North America and the Caribbean.

  • What are the advantages of fabric buildings or fabric structures?

    When you break it down, you’ll see that Sunbelt Rentals 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.

    Sunbelt Rentals 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, Sunbelt Rentals' 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, Sunbelt Rentals' 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?

    Sunbelt Rentals 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?

    Sunbelt Rentals' 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 Sunbelt Rentals structure last?

    Sunbelt Rentals 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.

  • Time Frame

  • How fast can a Sunbelt Rentals 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?

    Sunbelt Rentals 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.


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