April 8, 2020
Fabric structures are known across dozens of industries as versatile and dependable building solutions, and the fabric building cost per square foot is typically lower than conventional structures. However, as often as this benefit is mentioned, many potential customers may be asking one question: how much do fabric buildings cost?
When it comes to fabric building prices, the building site, size, design, as well as several other factors can all have an impact on the overall cost. This may seem like a lot to manage before getting started on a building project, but by considering all factors, customers are more likely to receive the structure that meets their needs, while also staying under budget.
This resource is intended to provide customers with a breakdown of which factors can affect fabric building prices, and how understanding these aspects can help any business get their ideal structure at an economical cost. Read more below for an in-depth look at fabric structure cost.
Building Sites and Foundation Options and fabric building prices
Fabric structures are incredibly versatile, providing functionality in dozens of industries and hundreds of applications, and because of this versatility, fabric structures need to be able to utilize many different foundation options. The building site may have an effect on fabric building cost per square foot, as well as installation and construction costs, because different land conditions may require additional excavation or certain foundation options for adequate stability.
Fortunately, there are fabric structures that can be built upon a variety of foundation options. Concrete blocks and pads, wooden posts or blocks, pony walls and more can all be used with fabric structures designed for a range of foundations. Every foundation option varies in cost, but there are innovative choices available that can help reduce costs.
Helical anchors are an innovative foundation system that provide long-term durability with the option for easy relocation. They drill directly into the ground with minimal sitework and excavation, reducing the overall construction costs for the building. Helical anchors can be removed and reused, so they’re a great option for buildings that might have to be relocated. Although they can be used as a temporary foundation, they also provide the strength required for a permanent structure and create a stable, dependable foundation for any building application.
Shipping containers are another cost-effective option, as they provide additional clearance and storage space while acting as a stable foundation. Besides being a strong foundation option, they’re also incredibly functional, as operations can lock up expensive tools and equipment in them at the end of the day, creating a more secure jobsite.
When choosing a fabric structure, users can ensure their building’s construction is as cost-effective as possible. There are cities and states that don’t impose taxes on what can be considered a “temporary” structure, so users may also save money in that regard. Manufacturers who offer several foundation options allow their structures to be built almost anywhere, while still helping customers remain within budget.
Building Shape, Size and Materials
Fabric buildings are often available in a number of designs with varying frames, covers and profiles. All of these variables can have an impact on how much fabric buildings cost. The needs of the user should always be the first consideration before examining the cost, as this helps determine the ideal frame and cover combination for a specific application.
Structural design has one of the largest bearings on fabric building prices. Some manufacturers offer several unique profiles for their structures, including round, gable, and open-side designs, each with a different expectation of cost. There are manufacturers with more than one frame options, such as truss and I-beam buildings, which can have differences in price. Regardless of budget, users should always choose a building that is constructed with a high-quality metal, like steel. Triple-galvanized steel offers the most benefits for users, including a longer lifespan and limited maintenance.
Building size is another variable that directly affects fabric building prices. Smaller structures with round designs tend to be more economical, but they won’t be ideal for every operation. Larger structures with clear span floor plans may be a bit more costly, but the improvements in usable space and efficiency will prove invaluable for many operations, like those in manufacturing or warehousing. Certain manufacturers offer frames that can be built to any size, so no matter how large, an operation can get the building they need without breaking the bank.
Fabric structures can also be clad with different cover options, so which fabric users choose can influence how much fabric buildings cost. There are cover options that feature multilayer construction to provide the maximum strength and durability, but there are also more economic fabrics that allow natural lighting to enter the structure for drastically lowered lighting expenses. Users should first consider what is the ideal cover for their operation, but they always have the option to go economical.
Custom or Turnkey Structural Designs and Fabric Buildings Cost
Fabric structures can be available in both custom and turnkey designs, so there are buildings that can meet any specification, including local and regional building codes. When it comes to how much fabric buildings cost, there is a clear difference between turnkey and custom designs, but there is more to consider than just the upfront expense.
Many manufacturers offer several turnkey designs in a variety of sizes. Turnkey designs are a cost-effective choice for businesses in need of a structure without any specifications, but a turnkey structure will generally remain the same, regardless of where it is being built or what it is intended to be used for. This means that turnkey fabric buildings sometimes won’t meet local building codes or wind/snow loads. These structures are ideal for low risk applications in regions with a moderate climate.
On the other hand, custom fabric structures may cost more, but they are designed to the user’s unique building requirements, building codes and local climate, so they will excel in any application that they are used for. There are manufacturers who can customize structures down to the smallest details. In addition to being able to specify the dimensions of the structure, customers can also customize end and side wall options, as well as a wide range of building accessories, from lighting to HVAC equipment, custom doors and pretty much anything else.
Cost-effective Design for Low Fabric Building Prices
In the end, building site, foundations, size, as well as chosen frames, profiles, covers and building equipment and accessories are all factors in fabric building prices. Customers may find it challenging to figure all of the above specifications into their budget. The simplest way to determine the fabric building cost per square foot is by working with a professional who will determine the best structure for any operation’s specific needs.
ClearSpan has years of experience in helping customers with any budget get the structure they need. If you’re curious about a fabric structure for your business, call a ClearSpan Building Specialist or REQUEST A QUOTE today.