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Q. How are Legacy fabric structures different?

A. Our fabric buildings are constructed on a solid steel frame using a patented keder attachment process. Each fabric panel is individually attached to the frame and tensioned vertically and horizontally, unlike other fabric building covers that skip over interior frames and are attached only at the ends. Each building is designed to spec, and the sturdy frame allows endless customization.


Q. What materials do you use?

A. Each building consists of a solid web beam frame, a foundation and fabric.

The steel frame may be hot dipped galvanized (HDG), red or grey primed, or powder coat or wet painted any colour.

Fabric options include polyethylene (PE) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Flame-retardant fabric is also available, as well as several colours.


Q. Are Legacy buildings designed for exposure to the elements?

A. Yes. The fabric contains a special coating that protects it from UV rays. Each building is engineered to meet or exceed local codes for snow load, windspeed and seismic activity.


Q. Is fabric a green building material?

A. PVC or PE fabric may be recycled where facilities are available. Because the fabric lies flat and is lightweight, it is easy to roll up for shipping to a recycling centre.


Q. Why should I choose a fabric building?

A. Fabric buildings have several advantages:

  • Fabric’s natural translucency allows sunlight to stream in through the walls and ceiling. With up to 70% of the sun’s natural light available inside the building, you’ll save money on electric lighting systems.
  • Fabric cladding will not corrode. Corrosive environments and stored materials will have no impact on architectural fabric.
  • Fabric is a climate-responsive building material, keeping the inside of the building warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
  • Sturdy fabric will last for decades. If fabric panels must be repaired or replaced, the cost is lower than repairing a similar steel building.


Q. Can I protect the building frame from corrosion?

A. There are several ways to protect the steel building frame from corrosion. Hot dip galvanized steel has a layer of zinc applied to protect the steel. The zinc coating is uniformly applied to the entire surface of the steel frame, keeping the steel out of contact with the corrosive elements.

For the ultimate corrosion protection, seal the building from the inside out with a secondary liner. A secondary liner is a layer of fabric added to the inside of the building frame. The steel frame is completely sealed and out of contact with the corrosive elements, including environmental elements and stored corrosive material.


Q. Are custom fabric structures available?

A. Yes – each building is engineered to meet your specific project specifications. Customization starts with building size and height and includes features such as doors, overhangs, insulation and more.


Q. How much will my building cost? Is the price comparable to other types of structures?

A. The cost of each custom building varies by size and features. Your salesman will give you the most accurate building price.


Q. Are free span buildings available?

A. Yes – buildings with no interior supports are available over 100 metres wide.


Q. Is there a maximum building size?

A. No. Free span structures are available over 100 metres wide, and any length is possible.


Q. What type of foundation is required?

A. Depending on the size and loads on your building, several foundation options are available. Cast-in-place or precast concrete foundations are the most common, but other foundation types including helicals and ballast blocks are available.


Q. Is Legacy able to design and install a building in my location?

A. Yes. Our fabric structure installation crews travel to any location for building erection. Our engineer is licensed in five provinces and 23 states, and we work with engineers in other jurisdictions to provide stamped building drawings before construction.


Q. Will I receive engineered building prints?

A. Yes.


Q. What is the lifespan of a fabric structure?

A. Depending on your location, building use and a few other factors, the fabric cover will last 15-30 years or more. The steel frame and members typically last several generations. Each building comes with a warranty on the fabric, steel and assembly.


Q. Are the buildings relocatable?

A. Our buildings are designed as permanent structures, however they can be expanded, reconfigured and relocated as needed.


Q. Are climate control systems available?

A. Yes. Insulation packages as well as HVAC systems can be added to your building to create a comfortable interior all year long. And fabric is a non-conductive building material, which better holds the inside temperature rather than magnifying the outside conditions.


Q. How are your buildings installed?

A. In most cases, experienced fabric building crews travel to your location and install the structure atop the foundation. There are two other options available if you prefer:

  • A technical representative is onsite to guide local contractors in the installation.
  • We provide complete plans and guidance for local installation crews.


Q. Do you repair and service other buildings?

A. Yes. Our staff repairs all brands of fabric buildings, including Cover-All. In addition to fabric building repairs, upgrades, installation, relocation and maintenance, we can usually provide engineering reviews, maintenance questions and information about the value of the building.


Q. How do I maintain a fabric building?

A. Your warranty requires a periodic visual inspection. If you notice any problems with your structure, contact us to tighten the fabric or do other maintenance. You never have to tighten the fabric or do other maintenance yourself.


Q. Can I replace the fabric cladding with steel sheeting?

A. Technically, it is possible to add any type of material to your structure. However, after using a fabric structure you won’t want to go back to steel-clad construction.


Q. Will my building rust or corrode?

A. Fabric is a non-corrosive building material in any environment. A steel frame that is hot dip galvanized or protected with a fabric liner will also be protected from corrosion. Legacy offers a complete warranty in corrosive environments.


Q. What should I do if my building is damaged in an accident or severe weather?

A. It is easy to repair or replace a fabric structure. The fabric cover consists of a series of panels, which can be replaced at about 1/3 the cost of steel sheeting.


Q. Are Legacy buildings insurable?

A. Yes.


Q. What is your scope of work?

A. Legacy’s scope ranges from simple building design to full construction services. Typical projects include design, manufacture, engineering, installation and maintenance.


Q. Do you offer financing?

A. Legacy does not offer financing for our buildings. We would be happy to refer you to firms who have a history of financing for our customers.


Q. Can you install in my location?

A. Yes. Legacy buildings have been installed in Canada, the United States, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.


Q. I would like to tour one of your buildings. Can you help me arrange that?

A. Contact us – if one of our buildings is in your area we may be able to arrange a tour.

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