Fabric Building Frequently Asked Questions

Are you considering a fabric building? Looking for to make an informative decision? Check out the list of our most frequently asked questions below. We have gathered information from our experts at ACE to give you the information you need to know before making your choice.

If you have additional question, fill out our contact form and we will be happy to find the right answer for any of your fabric building questions.

What is a fabric building?

A fabric building is a structure that consists of a steel or aluminum frame and a tarp or woven fabric cover to enclose the structure. Fabric buildings are available in a variety of materials and quality levels, including pre-engineered fabric buildings, “off the shelf” buildings sold at local big box stores, and non-engineered structures.

All of our fabric buildings are pre-engineered to ensure building safety and structural integrity. Our fabric covers are made of UV protected woven polyethylene fabric for maximum longevity. And our steel trusses are hot dip galvanized after all welding and fabricating, to ensure lifelong corrosion protection.  

What are the advantages of a fabric building?

Speed of construction, portable and temporary buildings, natural light and ventilation, and overall reduced maintenance costs are among the top advantages of a fabric building.  

What are the advantages of a fabric roof vs a steel roof?

The main advantages of fabric roof systems include speed of construction, less maintenance, and the interior environment inside the building in comparison to steel or metal roof systems.

First, fabric roof systems are installed within days. That is a fraction of the time when compared to the time it takes a steel or metal roof to be installed. That speed of installation saves on operating delays, labor costs, and overall project timelines.

Next, fabric covers have longer lifespans and require less maintenance. Fabric covers are known to last for over 20 years, with no repair or replacement required if kept tensioned.

And of course, fabric covers let in plenty of natural daylight, saving on utility costs. They improve ventilation and airflow, are non-corrosive, and have UV protection.  

Are there financing options for fabric buildings?

There absolutely are! You can finance, lease to own, rent or purchase your fabric building through a variety of financial institutions and lenders. It is important to understand what purchasing process is right for you, and the advantages of cash purchases versus leasing to own or financing.  

What maintenance is required for fabric buildings?

Fabric buildings require very little maintenance. Customers are recommended to check the structure yearly to ensure that the tension remains tight throughout the duration of the buildings use. When fabric buildings are installed correctly, they are rigid and durable for decades. Customers can also contact ACE to be setup on a yearly checkup plan to ensure that the building is kept up to standards.  

It depends on the dimensions, from a few days up to a few weeks for larger canopies.

The sliding process of retractable structures is carried out with the help of wheels on tracks.  The structure may be fitted with motorized or manual technology to make sure that the structure slides.