Your dome shelter is there to protect your equipment, goods and workers from the elements, so you want it to be weatherproof. Openings in your shelter can allow rain and wind inside, which could cause damage to your goods and equipment and affect the productivity and safety of your employees.
Unfortunately, many dome shelters are fairly basic, which makes them vulnerable to harsh weather conditions and open to exposure. There are a few ways you can weatherproof your shelter to help make sure that your machinery, goods and people are as well protected as possible. As many shelters on the market just consist of a roof and sometimes a non-engineered endwall, adding an engineer-designed endwall or door system can help keep the weather out, and maintain a safe and pleasant protected environment within.
Here’s how you can weatherproof your shelter and enjoy the benefits of extra protection:
Full endwall systems
Full endwall systems are suitable for most shelter types. They work by enclosing one end of the shelter completely. Endwalls are fixtures that are made of the same polyethylene fabric as the rest of the shelter, which is then stretched over a steel supporting framework. Endwalls are engineered so they can withstand the high wind pressures that they may encounter as a large flat surface area. Endwalls are not easy to remove and they don’t come with entry or exit points.
Partial endwall systems
Partial endwall systems are self-supporting and they are designed to partially enclose one end of a shelter, still leaving a gap. As they are a fixture, they are not easily removed and generally they are placed in the arch of the shelter to fill it in, while leaving the underside open. Containers or portable buildings can be placed in this gap to form a “courtyard” area. Partial endwall systems provide a degree of weatherproofing while allowing easy access.
Doorway endwall systems
These are suitable for most shelter types and they are the same as a full endwall system, except that they come with a doorway opening for easy access. This opening can either be left open, or doors can be fitted. Like a full endwall, these systems are made from polyethylene fabric stretched over a supporting framework, and they are specifically engineered to withstand high wind pressures.
For the best possible weatherproofing, it’s advisable to have doors fitted to doorway endwall systems. There are a few options available, depending on the width of the doorway.
- Bifold doors are multi-section doors that fold back to the sides and are guided and supported with a track system on the top. These are mostly used for wider doorways.
- Barn doors are single or double doors made in one piece and hinged off the sides. They are held in position with sliding bolt locks and are mostly used for doorways of up to 5 or 6 metres wide.
- Sliding curtains are made of single heavy-duty fabric membrane and are usually fixed to one side and tensioned to the other side. They come with supporting straps across their width.
There are plenty of options available if you want a bit of extra weatherproofing in your shelters. No matter what the size and type of shelter you’re using, and what your operational needs are,talk to us at Allshelter. We can work with you to find a solution that suits your particular needs.