The different elements of fabric structures
The use of fabric structures is increasing, with more companies realising how easy to install and effective they are. Tensile structures can be erected in a range of different areas, including both inside and outside spaces, and they can instantly transform a space and create a whole new environment. These types of structures are popular largely due to the many different attributes they can bring to a project. Here are some of the important points you should factor in to the design of your fabric structure.
Generally tensile fabric structures provide a cover over spaces that are not heated; however, if you want to boost the insulation properties of your structure, you can build up the layers to create an extra layer of warmth. This features both an outer and inner fabric skin and an additional insulation layer. Creating a more insulated skin can often take away from the translucency of the fabric; therefore, it is important to understand which of the elements is more important for your design.
All the fabrics that are used to create these structures have a fire rating attached to them; however, the different materials will have varying properties that change how they react if a fire starts. It is important to factor in these reactions when you are sourcing the right type of structure for your space, as this could have an effect on the material that you choose. As an example, polyester that is coated with PVC will melt away from the source of the heat, which can help to vent the smoke and flames. Coated glass fibre fabric, on the other hand, will create less smoke and remain together until it reaches an extremely high temperature and falls apart.
Fabric is not the ideal material if you want to create a space that absorbs sound effectively. If you require a fabric architecture with good acoustic properties, you should go for a mesh fabric that has an acoustic quilt at the back.
Fabric structures enable you to create a simple but effective covering for your space, either as a temporary or permanent finish. In addition to understanding how the different materials and designs will affect the finished look, you can also adapt your structure through the use of colour and lighting to make it into a focal feature.