Modern Fabric Structures: Distant Relatives of the old “Big Top”

If you are like most people of this age, your knowledge of the “Big Top” circus tents of yesteryear is limited to storybook tales. But from those tales come a valuable lesson for today: the strength, durability, and flexibility of fabric structures. Today’s fabric structures may not resemble the colorful construction of the old “Big Top,” but they offer many of the same advantages with added benefit from the technology of today. Research has given lighter materials without sacrificing important structural features, making these structures fantastic solutions for many temporary shelter needs.

 Timeless Tradition Improved

So, what makes today’s fabric structures different from those of yesteryear? While the list may be long, consider these distinctive features that give a whole new meaning to the word “tent:”

  • Coated Material – anything exposed to the ravages of sun, wind, and rain will fade, weaken, and disintegrate with time. Today’s best structure coverings are coated with acrylic or PVDF top coats, making them resistant to mildew and extending their lifespan. The best carry warranties of up to ten years.

  • Galvanized Frames – a structure is only as strong as its framework, and today’s fabric structures depend on well-designed systems that provide incredible strength, allowing for large spans without interior posts.

  • Easy Installation – ratchets, straps, and other design elements make it easy to put up a cloth covering that is tight and smooth. Sags and flapping edges are not in the vocabulary of today’s quality portable shelters.

  • Custom Design – whether you plan to start a circus, or simply create an outdoor conference center for your business, beautiful, modern structures can be created to meet your specifications and needs.

Beauty, Flexibility, and Durability

The fabric structures of today can be an integral part of your grounds design. Not only are they practical and functional, but their appearance can actually add eye appeal to their surroundings, helping to break up the look of brick, steel, glass, or cement, and provide an easy solution for your temporary structure needs.

Gabriel Chaleff