Maximum Amount of Shade – Due to their symmetrical shade and lack of a catenary curve, framed structures provide the most amount of shade when compared to our other products. This ensures the maximum amount of protection from UV rays and provides the largest return on investment.
Less Extensive Footings & Posts – Because the force of the tensioned fabric is spread throughout the steel frame, the required footings are much less extensive than a free-span structure. For applications where the structure is installed on a substantial surface like concrete or asphalt, we can bolt the steel frame to the existing surface. For less substantial surfaces like grass, smaller footings are required but significantly smaller than the size of those of a free-span structure. In addition, the steel used for framed structures is much thinner than those used for a free-span structure.
Ease of Engineering & Design – Because the design options are limited on a framed structure, the design and engineering process is much less extensive, meaning the time to installation is faster and the cost of the structure is less.
Retrofit possibilities – Because these structures require less extensive engineering, they are much easier to retrofit into an existing facility. We are often contacted by those who need shade for their existing space quickly, due to the facility being unusable during the summer. Framed structures are compatible with a much wider range of existing spaces and are quick and easy to install.