Fabric Buildings FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a fabric building in your future? Check out this list of our most frequently asked questions compiled by our experts. If you have additional questions, fill out a contact form below and we’ll be happy to get back to you with answers.

A fabric building is a structure with steel or aluminum frames enclosed by tarps or woven fabric covers. Fabric structures with metal trusses are available in a variety of materials and quality levels, including pre-engineered fabric buildings, “off the shelf” buildings sold at local big box stores and non-engineered structures.

All Britespan fabric storage buildings are pre-engineered to ensure building safety and structural integrity. Our fabric covers are made of UV protected woven polyethylene fabric for maximum longevity. And our steel trusses are hot-dip galvanized after all welding and fabricating, to ensure lifelong corrosion protection.

Speed of construction, permanent and/or temporary building considerations, natural light and ventilation, and overall reduced maintenance costs are among the top advantages of fabric structures.

You’ll find Britespan fabric structures in agricultural, commercial and public works building applications. When temporary and portable fabric buildings are required, Britespan delivers with customizable solutions for maximum versatility. We believe in tension fabric structures so much that all of our facilities operations are under Britespan fabric buildings.

The main advantages of tension fabric buildings with steel trusses include speed of construction, less maintenance and an improved interior environment compared with steel or metal roof systems.

Fabric structures are installed within days — a fraction of the time it takes for traditional metal buildings. You save on installation costs, operating delays, labor and overall project timelines with our steel frame buildings.

Also, fabric buildings have longer lifespans and require less maintenance. If kept tensioned, fabric covers are known to last over 20 years without needing repair or replacement.

Fabric storage buildings let in ample natural daylight, saving on utility costs. They improve ventilation and airflow, are non-corrosive and have UV protection

Britespan fabric buildings offer a great variety of customization options such as chimneys and eaves for ventilation, doors, insulation, foundations, end and side walls and custom branding and logo printing to look like no other.

Several variables and factors determine the final price. In addition to building width and length, finishes and accessories — including end and side wall finishes, doors, foundations, and interior additions like HVAC, plumbing, and electrical — influence final cost. Your local dealer and installer will provide the most accurate estimate for your fabric storage building.

Britespan’s fabric buildings start as small as 24’ wide and span up to 300’ wide. We have an impressive series of six different groups of buildings with a variety of standard sizes in each. Custom heights, slopes and widths are also available in our pre-engineered buildings. View our fabric building styles.


Yes, you can finance, lease-to-own or purchase your fabric structure through a variety of financial institutions and lenders. We’ll help you understand the advantages of cash purchases versus lease-to-own or financing a new Britespan fabric building.

Ask about our affordability plans.

All Britespan’s pre-engineered buildings are sold through a network of authorized dealers near you. Britespan believes that doing business face to face is the best practice. Our local dealer experts are professionally trained to assist you in selecting the ideal building series and customizations for your unique needs, whether you’re looking for farm buildings, warehousing or events and hospitality centers.

Our dealers provide turnkey building solutions and look after your project from concept to completion. Your fabric building incorporates local building codes, weather loads and all other features you’ve chosen.

In as little as six weeks from the order date, the installation process starts. Dealers ensure that building codes and permits are handled along with any other local requirements. Once the site is ready, the local support team will assemble your fabric building quickly and efficiently.

Our prefabricated buildings with steel trusses last for over 20 years when installed by our authorized dealers to ensure proper tension and installation. The polyethylene covers on our fabric buildings are durable and non-corrosive.

If something happens to damage your fabric building, repairs are easily made with a heat welded patch kit or replacing the damaged panel. Compared to traditional shingles and steel roofing, replacing fabric covers costs much less.

Fabric storage buildings require very little maintenance. Customers are recommended to check the winch blocks yearly so tension remains tight over time. When a fabric structure is installed correctly, they’re rigid and durable for decades. Contact your Britespan authorized dealer to learn about our annual maintenance checkup plan so your Britespan fabric building remains up to standards.

Category: Maintenance

Absolutely. Depending on the severity of the tear in the fabric cover, you can repair it with a patch kit sold by your local dealer. For larger cover repairs, dealers will likely replace an entire panel. We also offer Cover-All and other manufacturer’s replacement covers for your fabric structure.

Category: Maintenance

Yes, Britespan services Cover-All manufactured fabric structures. A new cover can make your building like new. Our expert installation crews work with original drawings and specifications to provide a cover that meets or exceeds the original specifications of Cover-All.

Your local dealer can provide maintenance services on your Cover-All fabric building.

Category: Maintenance

Yes! Britespan offers cover repairs and replacements on all fabric buildings, no matter the manufacturer. We offer a one-year warranty on fabric covers on all non-Britespan fabric buildings.

Category: Maintenance

Britespan offers a 20-year warranty on our steel trusses and our non-flame-retardant fabric covers and a 15-year warranty on our flame-retardant fabric covers. Our solid warranty ensures peace of mind and is yet another benefit of Britespan fabric storage buildings.

Category: Maintenance

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