Tensile Structures

Tensile Structures

What are tensile structures?

Lightweight Manufacturing and Design specializes in Tensile Structures, Tent Structures, Tensile Architecture, or Tensioned Membrane Structures. Meaning, from engineering and design to fabric selection to manufacturing the final product, Lightweight offers all the tools and experience necessary to partner with awning companies or contractors for your project.

Advantages of tensile architecture

Shorter build times

Much of the structural components can be manufactured off-site, meaning there is less interruption time on-site.  As a result, making them easier and quicker to construct than more traditional buildings.

Less materials

Tensile structures require less material and cover larger spans.  Therefore, making them more sustainable and cost-effective than traditional buildings. Other advantages can decrease the amount of spening even further.

Natural light source

The translucency options available in the wide variety of architectural and industrial fabric choices allow for natural light and light control effects without extra equipment and costs when considering artificial lighting.

Simple repairs

Tensile structures are generally easier to maintain, repair, and is capable of adapting to changing conditions and opens the possibilities to new or existing materials. 

Tensile structures

Tensile Structures are versatile for a variety of different applications. They cover large spans of space or small areas. Some larger examples include event spaces, sports complexes, performance venues, and even military structures.

Smaller examples include outdoor restaurants, rooftop bars, sunshades, and awnings. For this reason, they are ideal for any place requiring an outdoor atmosphere but also providing shade and weather protection.

Designed for durability, and once installed they last years. They can withstand extreme environments because of their quality of design and materials. Furthermore, tensile structures are designed for all the loads required by the local building code.  

If required, our experts will provide reactions on foundations or attachment structures so that your local engineer can design these for the same loads per the building code. They never have to be taken down, meaning your customer will get years of low-maintenance use out of their new canopy. 

¬†On occasions when maintenance or repair is needed, we offer products to help maximize your building’s lifespan such as¬†Renew Keder¬†and¬†fabric replacement.¬†

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