Natural light provides a better environment and helps lower energy costs.
The natural light provided by fabric-covered buildings provides a distinct advantage over traditional pole barns or metal buildings.
- More natural environment for livestock
- Reduction in energy costs due to use of natural light during daytime hours
- More pleasing work environment for your workers
Clear span space
Fabric-covered buildings are versatile for a variety of industries and applications because of the clear span space and storage height they offer. You don’t need to worry about poles or beams when maneuvering your large equipment.
Ability to relocate
While fabric-covered buildings are every bit as durable and reliable as traditional pole barns or metal buildings, they can easily and efficiently be relocated based on your needs.
Fast and efficient installation
Typically, fabric-covered buildings can be installed more quickly than other permanent structures.
Lower cost of ownership
Fabric-covered buildings require less maintenance than metal buildings or pole barns. Based on your location, there may also be tax advantages because some fabric-covered buildings can be considered temporary structures.
THE ACCU-STEEL ADVANTAGE
Not all fabric-covered buildings are created equal. Consider the questions below to help ensure you're making the right choice:
What type of fabric will be used on my fabric-covered building?
At Accu-Steel, we exclusively use HL-13 fabric on our buildings. This fabric is the heaviest used in the fabric-covered building industry and provides state-of-the-art, Hydro-Loc technology. Don’t let other suppliers cut corners by using a light, less durable cover for your building.
Can I design the color scheme of my fabric-covered building to match the rest of my operation?
While the performance and reliability of your fabric-covered building are probably your highest priorities, you also want a building that looks good and matches the look and feel of the rest of your operation. With Accu-Steel, you can choose from many fabric colors to help set your buildings apart from the rest. Standard colors are shown at right.
What type of warranty do you offer? Is the fabric included in the warranty?
Accu-Steel’s industry-leading warranty sets us apart from the competition by covering both the steel and the fabric for 20 years. At Accu-Steel, we never cut corners on quality, which is why we can confidently offer the best warranty in the industry. Don’t settle for a lower quality building that you'll have to repair or replace three years after installation.
Do you have an independent 3rd party engineer certify your building specs?
Some of our competitors like to promote the fact that they have an “in-house engineer” who certifies all their fabric-covered buildings. The question is, what's the priority of their in-house engineer? Is his primary concern providing you with the most structurally sound building, or maintaining the bottom line of the company he works for? At Accu-Steel, we have intentionally made the decision to have all our buildings certified by an independent 3rd party engineer. We feel this extra step provides our customers with the highest possible level of trust and peace of mind.
Do you use the fabric cover when calculating the load capacity of your buildings?
At Accu-Steel, our HL-13 Hydro-Loc is used only as a cover — nothing more. We never use it to help calculate the structural integrity of our buildings or brace our steel trusses. Other manufacturers do this to save money. We don’t. Again, it’s about not cutting corners:
Is every component of your fabric-covered building fully engineered?
To truly have a fully engineered building, every component of your building must be engineered. That means doors, trusses, bolts, etc. At Accu-Steel, we don’t compromise on quality. All of our fabric-covered buildings are fully engineered to ensure maximum performance and structural integrity.
What type of corrosion protection do you offer?
Many of our competitors use “in-line” or “pre-galvanizing” as their method of choice for corrosion protection. Accu-Steel uses a more reliable hot-dip galvanization process:
How do you calculate for wind and snow accumulation in your building designs?
Some manufacturers don't combine snow accumulation and wind when designing their fabric-covered buildings. This can be a dangerous practice, especially under certain temperature and humidity conditions. At Accu-Steel, we always consider combined snow and wind loads and design our buildings accordingly.
How many total years of combined experience does your team have and how many sq. ft. of buildings have you installed?
Some manufacturers like to promote that they have installed X million sq. ft. of fabric covered buildings and have "hundreds of years" of combined experience. While Accu-Steel has enough experience to stack-up to any other manufacturer, who cares? We prefer to measure our success by the satisfaction of each individual customer.
By asking the questions above, you can help ensure you're receiving maximum value and return on investment from your fabric-covered building supplier.
HOT-DIP GALVANIZING STEEL STRUCTURES: MYTH vs. REALITY
|Myth: Hot-dipping steel structures can result in poor coating coverage, which can lead to rust and corrosion.||Reality: Hot-dip galvanizing completely encases the steel structures in zinc after it’s been fabricated, making it impervious to the elements. In fact, it’s the only process that meets stringent ASTM 123 standards for corrosion protection. Conversely, the in-line or pre-galvanizing process occurs before fabrication, which means the zinc burns when it’s welded, leaving pinholes that are susceptible to rust and corrosion. Plus, the completely exposed inside joints allow water vapor and dust to settle on raw steel.|
|Myth: Hot-dip galvanizing weakens the steel and causes irregularities, which result in inferior tubing.||Reality: Since zinc has a lower melting point than steel, the hot-dipping process occurs at a temperature that does not affect the quality of steel tubing at all. Plus, dipping steel structures in a hot zinc bath causes the zinc to chemically bond to the steel, resulting in a uniform chemical makeup of the tubing that’s stronger and more durable.|
|Myth: Drip drying creates inconsistent zinc coating, resulting in weak spots and flaking.||Reality: Accu-Steel uses only the highest quality zinc with the fewest impurities. Our steel structures are dipped repeatedly in the lead-free zinc until a standard thickness is achieved, leaving a smooth, consistent finish. Compared to the in-line or pre-galvanizing process, our hot-dip galvanizing provides 300% more zinc that’s uniformly applied to all steel surfaces, maximizing strength and protection.|
|Myth: Uneven surface is abrasive and will damage covers, requiring costly repairs.||Reality: Hot-dip galvanizing naturally finishes clean and smooth. The final step in the process results in a sleek patina on the zinc — perfect for a fabric cover.|