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Frequently Asked Questions about Fabric Architecture

 

The shade structure products by TricoShade fall under the architectural category of "fabric tensile membrane architecture." Below are some frequently asked questions about fabric architecture.

  • What is fabric architecture?
  • What are some famous examples of fabric architecture?
  • Who are some of the famous fabric architects and engineers?
  • Where is fabric architecture used?
  • What are some of the advantages of fabric architecture?
  • What kind of fabric architecture designs does TricoShade offer?
  • What are some of the things one should be aware of?
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    Millenium Dome in London

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    Denver Airport

     
     

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    What is fabric architecture?

      

    Fabric architecture is a relatively new architectural form that has been gaining in popularity over the last 30 - 40 years. Also called tensile membrane architecture, tension membrane architecture or fabric membrane structure architecture, it refers to structures that are composed mainly of steel frames with fabric tent-like roofs made of material (such as the polyethylene shadecloth netting used by TricoShade) that is held under tension.

    Steady technological progress has increased the popularity of fabric roofed structures in recent years. The low weight of the materials makes fabric architectural construction easier and cheaper than standard building designs, especially when vast open spaces have to be covered.

    What are some of the famous examples of fabric architecture?

      

    Some recent large scale, high profile public tensile structures are the Millennium Dome in London and the Denver Airport, shown above.

    Others include the Pontiac Silverdome and the Mecca airport.

    Who are some of the famous architects and engineers that design fabric architecture?

    Frei Otto, the duo of Nicholas Goldsmith & Todd Dalland at FTL Design & Engineering Studio, Horst Berger, and David Geiger.

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    Where is fabric architecture used?

      

    This form of architecture is well suited for sheltering large public areas, such as stadiums, arenas, outdoor shelters, and airport terminals. In the US, California and Florida have led the way in the use of fabric architecture and it continues to gain popularity through out other states. TricoShade, based in Texas, offers a wide range of commercial, recreational, and residential uses of fabric architecture. For example, TricoShade designs and manufactures fabric architecture carports to cover large areas as required by auto manufacturers to protect hundreds of vehicles from hail and sun damage while the cars are waiting to be transported to distributors.TricoShade also provides architectural fabric carport structures for auto dealers, airport parking, apartment and commercial complexes, car rental companies, etc.

    Other markets served by TricoShade and other fabric structure manufacturers can also include: playgrounds, child care centers, schools, sports facilities, public bus stops, restaurants, hotels, office buildings, boat docks, etc, etc.

    Products manufactured by TricoShade also include: free-standing awnings, canopies, shade structures, shade gazebos, residential carports, sunbrellas, boat covers, RV covers, walkway covers, animal shade covers, etc.

    We also provide smaller architectural fabric structures in the form of shade sail structures, canopy awnings, sunbrellas, etc. for anything under the sun.

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    What are some of the advantages of fabric architecture?

      

    • Fabric architectural structures are more economical to design and manufacture than normal buildings.
    • The low weight of the materials makes fabric architectural construction easier and cheaper than standard building designs, especially when vast open spaces have to be covered.
    • Fabric roofs or sidings give you the possibility of adding attractive signage and logos to help advertise businesses.
    • Many fabric architectural structures are designed so that the fabric can be removed if there is danger of a hurricane. This helps prevent damage to a structure in a way that is not possible with roofed building structures. It also helps prevent damage to surrounding property from flying shingles or metal roofs.
    • Because of their uniqueness and originality, fabric structures can attract extra attention to a business.

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    What kind of fabric architecture designs does TricoShade offer?

    TricoShade's standards models of tensile membrane structures have hip roofs, pyramid roofs or dome roofs. But we have specialized engineers who frequently create custom designs for our clients. Please see our photo gallery to see examples of projects we have created.

    What are some of the things one should be aware of when considering fabric architecture as an option?

    According to the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), the industry authority, one needs to be selective when looking for fabric structures. They need to comply with engineering standards. Questions to ask are:

    • How long has the company been in business?
    • Are all the designs approved by a qualified fabric-knowledgeable engineer?
    • What kind of warranty does the company provide?
    • What kind of fabric is used? Is it weather resistant? Is it guaranteed not to fade in the sun? Is it mold-proof? How tear-resistant is it?
    • What does the company specialize in? Small awnings and canopies, or large stand-alone structures? There is a significant difference because of the engineering required in large stand structures. The American Society of Civil Engineers publishes a range of minimum wind load standards for different types of fabric architecture structures. Reputable manufacturers, such as TricoShade Inc, abide by these standards and their structures can withstand winds of up to 140 miles per hour if needed.

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