Dome vs. Fabric Building Construction

Before you decide to start planning construction of another building for your business or home, it’s important to consider the advantages and disadvantages of dome vs. fabric building construction. It may seem like which type you end up choosing will be a personal preference, but there are pros and cons to each that make one or the other better for your individualized situation.

Dome Storage Buildings

This type of building is exactly as it sounds, either an entirely dome-shaped building or riser walls with a dome-shaped roof. These are usually used to store salt and other bulk materials, and they can also be used fertilizer storage and blending. They are usually accessible by a conveyor and large doors in the side.

The advantages of this type of building are that it is made of materials readily available, it leaves no space wasted with its circular design, and can be an economical option.

The disadvantages to this system are that the product is only accessible by conveyor, the roof can be weak at times because the shingles do need to be replaced over time, and the space needs ventilation to prevent mold. While it is an economical option, it may not always be the best option for every client.

Fabric Type Storage Buildings

Fabric covered buildings are those that are constructed of galvanized steel and covered in durable fabric material to provide protection from the elements. These buildings can be a variety of shapes which let you decide which you want for your project.

The advantages of fabric buildings are that the material makes them energy efficient because the temperature is naturally regulated, they’re lightweight (but durable) so they can be relocated, and they can be accessed through multiple locations.

The disadvantages of a fabric building are that they are not made of traditional materials like shingles and siding so they may be hard to come by if you do not have a trusted company to work with, it’s a new idea to get used to from the classic dome structure, and if the steel is not properly manufactured it can be brittle and break.

Accu-steel offers a variety of different options for fabric covered structures, and they are all produced in Templeton, IA for a Made in the USA product. Our steel is hot dip galvanized to completely encase the steel in zinc so that it will not be susceptible to breaks or bends. Call us today to discuss what would work best for your home or business!




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