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At WeatherPort Shelter Systems, we understand the tension fabric structure market can be a crowded and sometimes confusing place, especially for people without construction backgrounds.

For more than 40 years, WeatherPort has produced the world’s finest fabric tension structures. We engineer and design all our product lines to meet or exceed area-specific and International Building Code (IBC) standards for safety. But we don’t stop there.

Expert third-party sources independently verify the quality and safety of our engineering. Ask the other guys if they do the same. Additionally, our sales staff, engineers, designers and project managers will be there for you every step of the way, from selecting or designing the right structure to installation.

Engineered for Durability, Versatility and Long Life

WeatherPort uses high-strength polyvinyl chloride (PVC) fabrics in all of our buildings. Compared to the polyethylene (PE) products the other guys use, our PVC fabrics offer greater abrasion resistance, snow shed and ease of repair.

We can engineer our structures to meet your exact specifications for wind and snow loads, ground conditions and performance needs. Our PVC fabric buildings are engineered to last, with an average field life of 15 years. No tension fabric structures are tougher in extreme environments with temperatures as frigid as minus-80 degrees Fahrenheit or as blistering as 130 degrees in the shade.

WeatherPort PVC fabrics also allow for additional processing, which includes adding laminated custom logos to help you increase brand awareness. Available in a variety of colors, our tension fabric structures have the ability to blend in with their surroundings or stand out in a crowd.

WeatherPort Frames Provide Unbeatable Support

A fabric tension structure is only as good as its frame. At WeatherPort, our budget-friendly aluminum and steel framing is engineered to meet any challenge, from structure size to climate.

Our lightweight aluminum frames are perfectly suited for highly portable building applications. WeatherPort’s high-quality 50-kilipound-per-square-inch (ksi) yield aluminum and 55 ksi tensile steel is ideal for large and small fabric buildings and heavy-duty construction.

WeatherPort offers two frame types based on the size and specified wind and snow load in your area. Square tube single arches are generally used on smaller buildings such as yurts, camp tents, and canopy’s. Trusses using square tubular steel are used on larger buildings such as warehouses, workshops, and large event pavilions. We use square tubing instead of round tubing or I-beam configurations because square tube has more surface area and a greater resistance against deforming.

WeatherPort offers three standard levels of corrosion protection for all our metal frame components: 99.9-percent bonded pure zinc, chromate conversion coating and a clear organic polymer coating. We also offer powder coating as a fourth level of protection.

In-House Powder Coating

WeatherPort is the only fabric tension structure manufacturer in the marketplace with in-house powder coating facilities that cut down on production time and cost while improving quality. Our automated electrostatic application method is superior to traditional spray-gun applications because it ensures uniform surface coating on our already rugged framing materials.

Our powder coating process has a number of other benefits. It provides an added level of protection from rust, salt air, oxidation, humidity and other environmental factors. Electrostatic spraying also allows for better coating of materials other than metals. Available in a variety of colors, WeatherPort Powder Coating is perfect for custom color schemes that add to the attractiveness of your tension fabric building.

Erect Your WeatherPort Fabric Building on a Variety of Foundations

The design of our fabric tension structures provides you with an extensive variety of foundation options to meet each project’s requirements. Among the materials ideally suited for use with a WeatherPort are:

  • Concrete
  • Building Pads
  • Wood Platforms
  • Intermodal Shipping Containers (ISO)

Concrete foundations are a superb option for creating a clean ground surface and maximizing the stability of your fabric building. You can easily attach our fabric tension structures to concrete foundations by using concrete wedges, sleeves and/or expansion anchors.

If you plan to keep your WeatherPort building in one place for an extended period of time, our engineers recommend you use concrete in any of these forms:

  • Precast Concrete Blocks (Ecology Blocks)
  • Poured-In-Place (PIP) Concrete Walls
  • PIP Concrete Slab-On-Grade
  • Precast Slab Sections
  • Subgrade Continuous Footers
  • Subgrade Pier Footers

Not every project requires concrete foundations, and WeatherPort offers other safe, strong and field-tested anchoring options. One-half-inch (1/2”) diameter spikes and/or duckbill anchors are popular options for anchoring directly into the ground.

Wood is a solid choice as foundation platform for camp tents and temporary housing, and you can easily attach a WeatherPort Fabric Building using leg bolts. If your project requires fabric tension structures to be anchored to shipping containers, skids or trailer, you can easily bolt or weld a WeatherPort to the supporting structure.

Insulation Engineered for Comfort in Any Environment

WeatherPort makes insulation systems for use in all our high-quality structures. Our integrated product approach allows us to create insulated fabric buildings that are highly portable, pack small for low-cube shipping, and easy to erect quickly, no matter your skill level. Despite being easier to install than metal or brick-and-mortar structures, WeatherPort Fabric Building can be insulated to any R-value of thermal resistance, and we’ve designed several insulation systems that provide comfort while using a lower volume of material than traditional fiberglass products.

Easy-to-Install Electrical Systems

We use a ‘plug-and-play’ design in all our electrical systems to cut down on the amount of time and manpower required for setup. We also prebuild our systems before we ship them, allowing general laborers to install them on-site. Depending on construction rules in your area, skilled electricians may only be needed when connecting the electrical system to a power source. WeatherPort Electrical systems are built using materials and components that meet National Electrical Code and for use as a temporary installation per NEC Article 590, and your fabric building can be fitted for United States North American or European Union power distribution systems.