Tensile Structures

Tensile Structures

Tensile Structure
Tensile Structures, Fabric: Tenara 4T40HF

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

Tent Structures use lightweight fabric and building materials in tension creating unique and efficient structures. Additionally, they have a variety of benefits and uses and are ideal for both temporary and permanent applications.

Shorter Building Times

Ideal for creating durable and uniquely designed buildings without extended construction 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 Material 

Tensile structures require less material and cover large spans.  Therefore, making them more sustainable and cost-effective than traditional buildings.

Tensile Structures Light Effects

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. 

Easy Repair and Adaptability

Easy to maintain, repair, and adapt to changing conditions and new materials. 


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. 

Reskin, Fabric: Ferrari 1202
Tensile Structure Reskin,
Reskin, Fabric: Ferrari 1202
Tensile Structure - canopy
Tensile Entrance Canopy, Fabric: Ferrari 1002

We have what you need for your next project.

We want you to use the highest quality materials to create your projects.  This is why we offer Keder, Keder Railsfabric panel manufacturing, and industrial fabric options, such as PVC coated fabricsmesh fabricspolyethylene fabrics, and PTFE glass.  

Happy to help you find the best solution for your tensile structures.

Do you have questions, need custom manufacturing services, or engineering and design services?  For a free consultation or quote, please fill in the form, email us, or reach out to one of our experts at (610)435-4720