Tensioned membrane structures are a unique architectural solution that allows designers and builders to design and build custom, innovative, sustainable structures. These versatile and flexible systems can be used in a variety of climates (-30deg C to +70deg C) and are ideal for a wide range of applications including covered walkways, car park structures, entrance features, playgrounds, sports court enclosures and event spaces.
Unlike traditional construction materials, tensioned membranes are designed to be lightweight and durable. Their strength properties enable them to withstand a variety of weather conditions, from freezing temperatures in the Arctic to scorching desert heat.
How to Choose the Right Material
A fabric tensile structure is typically constructed from one or more layers of PVC, or other specialized fabrics that are bonded together by means of a welded seam or a mechanically fused adhesive. Depending on the project, this type of fabric may be coated with a protective acrylic or PVDF top coat to extend its durability. This is particularly important when the area under the tensile membrane will be exposed to high levels of UV rays, as these membranes will deteriorate over time if left untreated.
These coated fabrics can also be infused with various chemicals, such as anti-soiling fungicides and UV light inhibitors to protect them against the effects of harsh environmental conditions. These coatings will vary based on the application, but are generally designed to provide the highest level of resistance against abrasion, dirt adherence and aging.
PVC Fabrics Are Available in Hundreds of Colors and a Large Range of Sizes
A wide variety of colors and sizes are available for PVC fabrics, including low-porosity, medium-porosity, high-porosity and woven textures. These tensile fabrics are typically sold in cut yardage, which makes it easier to order just the amount needed for your project.
Many fabrics are able to be printed and customized to create a unique look for your project. This can be an excellent way to promote brand identity and help make your design stand out from the crowd.
Some fabrics are able to be designed for partial translucency, which allows for natural daylighting and enhanced textural interest. These can be especially useful in commercial and industrial settings, where a combination of light and dark spaces are desired for visual appeal.