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A tensioned fabric building is a reliable, durable, low-maintenance shelter system that protects important assets. The buildings range from temporary warehouse buildings, construction shelters, and storage areas to more permanent structures meant as boat storage or airplane hangars. Custom structures are created for many applications.

The Durable Construction of a Tensioned Fabric Building

A tensioned fabric building frame has aluminum components that have a high strength to weight ratio – even higher than steel. This provides maximum support and stability.

tensioned fabric building

Let’s talk fabric. If fabric is going to qualify as a building then it had better be tough and durable. With the hot sun blaring down, it is critical that the fabric be UV resistant. Being resistant to fire is another prerequisite for the fabric.

Allsite’s fabric is approved by the California State Fire Marshall as a registered flame resistant product per California Health and Safety Code.

Specifications and Accessories

Tensioned fabric building specifications may need significant changes based on the application or industry for which they are being used. Accessories help make customizations easier for the shelter systems.

Tensioned fabric building accessories include:

  • Doors
  • Ventilation
  • Lighting
  • Weatherproofing
  • Anchorage
  • Removable walls


The tensioned fabric building is performance proven for many industries. The structures are capable of withstanding strong winds and heavy rain. No foundation requirements mean the building process is accomplished quickly, even on sensitive surface areas. Tensioned fabric buildings can be put into place by a crane lift.

The structures are built for temporary and permanent applications. A new traditional building has a lengthy construction process accompanied by high costs. A tensioned fabric building is an excellent alternative. These structures do not require permanent foundations. Both time and money involved with building a concrete foundation are saved.

The shelter systems have a unique modular design that makes installing, disassembling, and modifying easy.

Beyond the technical advantages a tensioned fabric building possesses, is the beautiful interior space that is created with an abundance of roominess and light. Unique windows, high ceilings, and natural daylight create spaciousness and depth. Both form and function are characteristics of the tensioned fabric building.

Industries Using Tensioned Fabric Buildings

Because of the quick build time for very large square footage shelters, tensioned fabric buildings have found their way into many different types of businesses.

Industries that use adaptable tensioned fabric buildings include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Gas and Oil
  • Mineral and Mining
  • Government
  • Environmental
  • Marine
  • Military
  • Aviation
  • Construction

Aviation and Military Uses

Aviation and military projects have found tensioned fabric buildings especially useful. Hangars are transportable when quick deployment is necessary. Rapid erection speed and low costs are attractive features. Airport hangars, terminals, and air cargo facilities can be relocated anywhere in the world.

Temporary airplane hangars are becoming a more common site at airports, aircraft construction facilities, military bases, and other aviation facilities.

From our article, How Temporary Airplane Hangars Can Solve Space and Construction Problems. Click here to read to complete article.

The military uses aircraft hangars devised from tensioned fabric buildings in challenging environments worldwide. These temporary buildings can also be used for barracks, offices, mess halls, and more.

Uses of Tensioned Fabric Buildings

Site managers, engineers, purchasers and product managers have chosen a tensioned fabric building as the solution to many industry challenges. The structures are fast reliable shelters that aid in coming in under budget, adhering to deadlines, and meeting stringent regulations.

A tensioned fabric building can be used for:

  • Assembly Space
  • Dormitory Facilities
  • Equipment Housing
  • On-site Cafeterias
  • Safety Meeting Rooms
  • Vehicle Maintenance Spaces
  • Warehousing Space

Renting instead of Purchasing a Permanent Building

One of the biggest advantages of a tensioned fabric building is the low cost compared to a permanent building. For a fraction of the cost of a brick and mortar building you can have a temporary structure that accomplishes the same business goals. You remove costly real estate commissions for existing buildings and new construction headaches, like contractors and permits are also eliminated.

Quality engineering sets a tensioned fabric building apart from its rivals. Allsite Structure Rentals exceed expectations of any tensioned fabric building. Strict performance measures are used to individually test the high quality materials used in the manufacturer of the tensioned fabric building.

Author Jason Cromwell

Jason Cromwell is the General Manager of Allsite Structure Rentals. He has a degree in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Jason is a 12 year veteran in all matters related to Tension Fabric Structures with Allsite Structure Rentals and has over 20 years of sales, operations, and management experience. Read more about Jason and the rest of our team at

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