How to Choose Fabric for Air Structure Domes

Posted by Chris Mastroine on Feb 12, 2018 2:23:20 PM

Air structure domes are popular for a wide range of athletic applications, from tennis to football. Any activity that benefits from a climate-controlled space can cost-effectively get a long, flexible life from an air structure dome. Their benefits tend to inspire repeat business, like when the Tennessee Titans recently wanted to replace the dome of their air-supported practice facility.

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Is Your Architectural Fabric Truly Self-Cleaning?

Posted by Brad Hochberger on Dec 29, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Top finishes have been extending the useful life and improving the aesthetics of PVC-coated structural fabrics for decades. These top finish technologies make fabric structures more durable, cleanable, UV resistant and attractive—and they continue to improve.

Top finish systems can be divided into two groups: 

1. Liquid-applied top finishes (i.e., solvent- or water-based coatings), such as acrylics or PVDF

2. Film-applied systems, such as Tedlar® or some PVDF films

However, not all top finishes deliver on the self-cleaning feature, which is critical for long-term performance and appearance. Architectural fabrics with Tedlar film top coats are the only products that truly deliver on the ability to self-clean over the long term. Tedlar’s UV performance cannot be overlooked either. Excellent resistance to UV and moisture-barrier properties preserve the appearance and longevity of the architectural structure.

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3 Advanced Photovoltaic Membrane Systems for Solar Applications

Posted by Guest Blogger: Robert Lerner on Dec 22, 2017 4:47:32 PM

Building-integrated photovoltaic systems are becoming increasingly popular as either the main or supplementary source of power in all types of building projects. Integrating flexible photovoltaic solar panels with fiber roofing systems is a fairly new innovation, led by companies like Pvilion, a designer and manufacturer of flexible photovoltaic solar structures and products.

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Great Planning Delivers Ideal Fabric Structures

Posted by Shelter-Rite Architectural Fabrics on Oct 24, 2017 9:15:00 AM

When designing a new fabric structure, it’s important to consider a number of factors to ensure the best outcome and longest lifespan. Here we’ll cover some of the design and material considerations for most fabric structures. 

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U.S. Air Force Base Recovers Sunshades on 20-year-old Structures with Architectural Fabric

Posted by Dan Weisenberger on Sep 21, 2017 11:07:12 AM

Using architectural fabrics to re-cover existing structures is a cost-effective way to extend the life of buildings. But saving money doesn’t have to mean cutting corners on quality. When the U.S. Air Force needed to recover flight line sunshades on 20-year-old structures at its Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi, it explored a number of options.

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Adhere to Federal Requirements When Procuring Architectural Fabrics

Posted by Sue Uhler on Aug 29, 2017 1:19:24 PM

The Pentagon has recently been clamping down on adherence to “buy American” laws like the Berry Amendment and the Buy American Act. Building contractors working on U.S. government and military projects must be vigilant about the origin of the material they use.

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Choose the Right Fabric For Your Building Project

Posted by Frank Bradenburg on Jul 31, 2017 1:15:01 PM

When constructing a fabric building, many engineers, building owners and project managers come down to two choices—products based on polyethylene and those developed using polyvinyl chloride (PVC) coated Polyester Fabrics.

Selecting the right choice for your product depends on your priorities, the environment of the building and other considerations.

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Is It Time to Repair, or Is It Time to Replace Your Aging Structural Membrane?

Posted by Shelter-Rite Architectural Fabrics on Jul 20, 2017 3:45:45 PM

Structural membranes are very durable. Physical damage can be inevitable due to the environment or uncontrollable circumstances, and the age of the membrane should be taken into consideration as this can make it more susceptible to tears. Although it’s difficult to determine how long a membrane structure will last, there are signs to watch for when determining if your structure is weakening.

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Can You Add Color to Your Architectural Fabric Building?

Posted by Felon Wilson on Jun 21, 2017 12:35:50 PM

Most architectural fabric buildings are white. If you ask the industry or marketplace why, there are normally two answers:  Either 1) we could not get another color because of lead time or minimum quantities for our desired color, or 2) we were told colors fade quickly and are not a long-term option. Both of these concerns are valid, but the suppliers of these materials now offer options to address both concerns and give the buyer many more choices.

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How Site Visits Can Make Indoor Facilities Better

Posted by Shelter-Rite Architectural Fabrics on Jun 13, 2017 3:35:26 PM

As a provider of architectural fabrics, we’ve been fortunate to work on hundreds of different projects. Within the sporting world, we’ve covered buildings ranging from fully enclosed seasonal multi-sport bubbles to permanent tennis buildings and everything in between.

When planning a new facility or looking to improve an existing one, it can be a challenge to know how best to move forward. One great way is to look at what others are doing. The spring 2017 issue of GO Indoor, the official publication of the United States Indoor Sports Association (USIndoor), is full of tips on how a site visit can improve your own indoor sports facility.

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