Architectural textiles can be highly durable, with a long life comparable with traditional roofing materials: 15 – 30+ years. The composition of the basecloth used in tensile fabric architecture gives it strength, stability, elongation, and tear resistance. The coating and varnishes applied to the basecloth provide superior fire resistance, UV resistance, self-cleaning properties, and colour fastness. Tensile structures maintain their original shape even after years of withstanding high wind and exposure to climatic variations.
Minimal materials are required to enclose large spaces and the fabrics are recyclable, making tensile fabric structures sustainable designs
Using tensile fabric for the creation of large, free span roofs reduces the amount of supporting steelwork required, making construction easier, more affordable and quicker to install than traditional building designs.
A primary advantage is in building with prefabricated components which requires no on onsite engineering or fabrication. Therefore, build times are faster and the simplicity of installation reduces time on site. Installation methodologies, programs and safety procedures are all determined prior to mobilization therefore reducing any interruptions once installation begins.
Structures can be designed to be used at one site temporarily, then relocated to another site, thus further increasing the lifespan of the structure.
All components are prefabricated and lightweight, which reduces the cost of transportation of materials, steelwork and time on site providing direct upfront cost benefits.
Architectural membranes boast unique light transmitting properties that enable an open airy feeling of outdoor ambiance indoors, filling large areas with diffused natural daylight. The translucent nature of the fabrics available reduces daytime running costs.