5 Common Errors Made by Fabric Building Owners

    5 Common Errors Fabric Building Owners Make
    August 2, 2023 | Tension Fabric Structures

    To succeed, you must first find and discard all the wrong choices before carefully considering the best decision. When it comes to purchasing a fabric building, avoiding certain mistakes is crucial for making the best decision possible. 


    1. Neglecting to Ask about Tensioning 

    One common mistake made when buying a fabric building is failing to inquire about tensioning and retensioning the fabric cladding. In many cases, fabric structures require periodic retensioning or restretching of the fabric over the frame throughout their lifespan. However, Legacy's tension fabric structures stand out from the rest. 

    Legacy employs a patented tensioning process that works seamlessly with its proprietary ExxoTec fabric, rendering retensioning unnecessary. This innovative technology tightens the fabric over the frame, enhancing the building's appearance and longevity. Minimizing fabric movement during high wind events extends the lifespan of the fabric. Additionally, reduced friction between the fabric and frame prevents areas of wear, contributing to the longevity of the exterior cladding. 


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    2. Failing to Check Local Building Codes 

    Some buyers think fabric structures don't have to follow local building rules, so they don't check or follow them. Legacy's buildings have strong steel frames and comply with all local  building codes. 

    As building codes increasingly require fire suppression systems, Legacy engineers the frames to support such systems and other necessary safety measures. Ensuring compliance with local building codes is essential to avoid potential legal and safety issues down the line. 


    3. Buying Off-the-Shelf Structures 

    Opting for off-the-shelf, standard prefabricated buildings might seem convenient, but this approach may not meet your specific requirements and needs. Legacy emphasizes offering customized buildings constructed with the most durable materials to ensure structures last decades. 

    Making a big investment in buying a building requires getting exactly what you need and want for the future. Legacy customizes buildings to meet customers' requirements, creating a personalized and ideal solution instead of forcing your operational needs to fit standard structures. 


    4. Shopping Based Solely on Price 

    Making decisions solely based on price per square foot oversimplifies the complex considerations involved in purchasing a fabric building. Focusing only on price when buying an industrial fabric structure can compromise quality and important features. 

    Instead, Legacy advises shopping with a comprehensive budget that considers multiple factors. Considering all costs, maintenance, warranties, insurance, and a building layout that improves efficiency and guarantees a cost-effective investment. 


    5. Thinking Too Short-Term 

    In the past, fabric structures had shorter lifespans, but technological advancements have changed that. Legacy has been at the forefront of these advances, ensuring their fabric buildings offer longevity, durability, and quality. 

    Thinking beyond short-term needs allows customers to explore various options and opportunities for their future. Fabric buildings last long, so owners can invest confidently, knowing they will serve them well for years. 



    Avoiding mistakes during the purchasing process of a fabric building is essential for securing a successful and enduring investment. Buyers can confidently choose Legacy's tension fabric structures by considering tensioning, local building codes, customized solutions, budget, and long-term thinking. These structures embody innovation, durability, and reliability. Legacy's Buyer's Guide helps buyers choose a fabric structure by providing information on options and design decisions. 


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