Time To Upgrade Your Storage Tent? Choose A ClearSpan Fabric Storage Shelter

Often times, businesses find themselves stuck with an inadequate storage area that doesn’t fulfill the needs of their operation. From outdoor storage to more traditional options that are basic in nature, it can be difficult to find a cost-effective space that maximizes storage capability.

Fabric structures are designed to solve this issue, supplying operations with abundant storage and the ability to customize the structure to their exact needs, while still being competitively priced. With a ClearSpan storage tent, operations can obtain a greater overall storage solution, whether they need a temporary space or a structure that lasts decades.

Through a wide selection of custom features and structural components, operations can ensure their structure meets even the most demanding storage applications. When a business decides to upgrade their storage area with a ClearSpan fabric storage shelter, they gain superior protection, steel frame designs that maximize space and versatile foundations that limit construction timelines and excavation costs.


With any storage space, operations are going to want to ensure their equipment and valuables are well-protected. ClearSpan’s cladding options make a fabric structure a superior choice for a storage tent, helping shield stored goods from the elements year-round.

The standard cladding choice is a 12.5 oz. polyethylene cover, which offers operations a number of benefits for their storage space. This fabric is manufactured with a rip-stop weave to significantly extend its lifespan, and the high-quality design helps keep a structure’s interior safe and dry, regardless of any severe weather it may face.

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In addition to maintaining a dry interior, the fabric is also climate-sensitive, which allows the inside to be ten degrees cooler in the summer and ten degrees warmer in the winter. With more regulated temperatures, operations can create a suitable year-round environment for their stored goods, without running extensive HVAC systems.

While this helps keep energy costs to a minimum, the fabric cover also goes a step further, flooding a storage tent structure with natural light. Not only does this mitigate the need for artificial light fixtures and reduce electricity consumption, but it creates a well-lit environment for when businesses need to access their space as well.

For businesses that need a structure with additional strength, a second fabric cladding option is the exclusive Armor Shield Cover. Designed for the toughest applications, this 29 oz. architectural vinyl covering is constructed with seven layers of material to withstand nearly anything thrown its way.

The base fabric provides necessary strength and supports a long lifespan. Its additional layers work to secure the cladding together, offer increased durability and help repel dirt, creating a heavy-duty cover that supplies storage tents with the utmost protection.

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As businesses attempt to figure out their storage solution, they are faced with a unique problem: maximizing storage room without spending a fortune on a larger structure. A ClearSpan warehouse or storage tent is designed to provide the most usable space possible, at any size, and still be cost-effective.

Available space begins with the fabric structure’s frame design. Operations can choose between the Truss Arch Frame or the I-Beam Frame, which are both constructed to offer wide-open interiors and high clearances.

The Truss Arch Frame is constructed with triple-galvanized structural steel and takes advantage of the triangle’s natural strength, allowing it to distribute weight across the entire truss. With this design, a storage tent can be built up to 300’ wide and to any length. Meanwhile, the arched shape creates naturally high clearances, so businesses can store even the tallest equipment or machinery.

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ClearSpan’s I-Beam Frame is intended to provide operations with superior strength and dependability, at any size. The I-Beam uses the highest-quality materials during construction, including grade 55 steel that makes up the frame, purlins and secondary framing. By not using excessive steel in its design, this frame produces a cost-effective building, while still offering unmatched structural integrity and maximum storage space.

Since neither of these frames require interior support posts, they don’t create any obstructions throughout a storage tent. This helps operations truly get the most out of their square footage.

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How Long Do Storage Tents Last?

Between their steel frames and durable cladding options, storage tents can last decades without breaking down. ClearSpan’s truss and I-beam frames are supported by 50 year warranties, so businesses know their fabric storage shelter will provide them with exceptional longevity. Additionally, these frames can be designed around any regional building codes, ensuring operations get a structure that’s tailored to the unique requirements of their location.

Likewise, ClearSpan’s fabric cladding options are also backed by industry-leading warranties. The standard 12.5 oz. polyethylene cover features a 20 year warranty, while the Armor Shield Cover’s is 30 years. With either choice, these materials are tested extensively to guarantee an optimal price to performance ratio, equipping fabric storage shelters with a reliable, yet cost-effective cladding solution.


Compared to a more traditional storage tent, a fabric structure offers operations far more versatility, along with features that make acquiring one more convenient. These benefits start with a wide selection of foundation options, including two of the most adaptable: helical anchors and shipping containers.

The innovative helical anchor foundation allows any fabric storage shelter to be permanent or temporary, depending on the needs of individual operations. Helical anchors drill directly into the ground and require minimal excavation, which makes installation and removal far simpler. Whether businesses need their storage tent in one location for an extended period of time or have to relocate their facility to different sites, helical anchors provide a durable, yet portable foundation that’s capable of both.

A shipping container foundation presents a more unique way to upgrade a storage tent. Along with creating a sturdy foundation, shipping containers offer a convenient, secure way to bolster an operation’s storage.

Fabric Structure With Pre-Stressed Concrete Walls

ClearSpan fabric structures are inherently designed to be more convenient than other storage solutions, beginning with manufacturing, and continuing throughout the purchasing process. Regardless of what frame businesses choose, their storage tent is made in pre-engineered parts that are shipped directly to the requested site.

These pieces can then be erected quickly, and ClearSpan can even send a construction crew to assemble the building, or a project manager to oversee an existing team. The streamlined manufacturing process allows for quicker construction timelines and lower construction costs, helping operations get their building quicker, and at a lower price point.

Any desired customization can also be done through ClearSpan, so businesses don’t have to work with multiple vendors to get their ideal storage tent. To significantly improve a structure’s strength and storage capacity, operations can acquire ClearSpan’s Pre-Stressed Concrete Walls.

These supplemental walls allow materials to be stored against the edges of a storage tent, while helping to reinforce the structure’s sides. As an added convenience, pre-stressed concrete walls can be installed during the winter because the concrete has already been set, unlike high-walled poured concrete.

If operations need to upgrade or replace their storage space, a ClearSpan storage tent offers the perfect opportunity to do so. Compared to other, lower-quality options that may offer a 15 year lifespan or less, these fabric storage shelters include more usable space, higher clearances and longer-lasting durability, allowing businesses to significantly increase their available storage for years to come.

Looking at new commercial storage tents for your business? Call or Request a Quote today and let a ClearSpan fabric structure upgrade your storage capabilities.

This post was originally published in March, 2022 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.


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