Posted on: 2018-04-11
There are various ways of repairing damages to fabric structures. However, unlike other types of fabric like those used as factory dividers or warehouse divider walls which can be taped up with the appropriate adhesive or tape, repairing damages to fabric cladding will sometimes require a different approach.
For example, damages can be repaired by adding a patch over the damaged area using fabric welds. Bigger damages though may require a complete replacement of the damaged cladding. This approach can be rather difficult and expensive if the cladding consists of a single piece of fabric.
This is why it is sometimes recommended to make use of individual fabric panels which can be about twenty feet wide or so. These individual panels are attached to the metal frame to create the whole cladding employing installation techniques to ensure that that gaps between the panels are properly sealed. As such, when a there’s a major damage on the fabric cladding, only the damaged fabric panel will be replaced. This is more convenient since it takes lesser time to complete and less costly for the structure owner.
There may be geographical limits to making use of fabric as cladding materials. For one, many people who are contemplating using fabric structures for their temporary storage structures (or any other structure like an eco shelters or livestock shade structures for that matter) worry about the issue of strong winds blowing away the fabric or even the whole structure itself.
However, this shouldn’t be a problem is the fabric structure is constructed with solid engineering and architectural principles. The right building and construction methods coupled with high quality metal frames and fabric cladding should ensure the integrity of the structure amidst reasonably strong winds.
Aside from strong winds, there’s also the issue of rain water accumulating on the fabric causing it to become heavy, lag, and eventually be damaged. However, the problem can be addressed by correct construction methods and building design which allows rain water to run off and prevent them from accumulating. In addition to that, high quality fabrics are strong enough to bear certain amounts of water, thereby minimal water loading shouldn’t be a real problem.
The durability of fabric structures like temporary storage structures are often enough to convince people that they are excellent alternatives to the traditional building. However, there are those who worry if they are actually good investments for their money. The answer would be a resounding yes.
To ensure that you get the best return on your investment, then you’ll have to make sure that you are using high quality fabric cladding from reputable manufacturers. This is because such manufacturers are known to make use of high quality raw materials for their products, and at the same time apply up to date engineering and manufacturing practices in making them.
Aside from that though, another factor that contributes to the longevity of fabric cladding is the coating. Fabrics used for cladding in structures (as well as some other applications like grain bunker tarps for instance) have a UV protective coating applied on them.
For fabric structures, this is a very important feature considering that the fabric will be constantly exposed to the sun. The UV protective coating should help to ward off the harmful effects on ultra violet rays on the fabric, which then of course increases the service life of the fabric cladding. In general, a high quality fabric cladding should last anywhere between twenty to thirty years depending on the circumstances.