For operators of commercial and industrial projects with a need for high quality shelter solutions, it may come as a surprise to know that there is a viable alternative to permanent bricks and mortar construction, in the form of custom-made fabric shelters. If you have long-term shelter requirements, you may wonder why you would you choose a fabric building solution over a solid building.

It’s important to realise from the outset that quality fabric shelters are a lot more elaborate than big tents or marquees. For example at Allshelter, all of our fabric shelters are fully engineered for all kinds of weather conditions and terrain. And that’s just the start – there are many more reasons to choose a custom fabric shelter over a bricks and mortar building.

Speed and time savings

As you might imagine, fabric shelters can be erected a lot quicker than a solid building, and you also save on the time required for planning permission and building permits to come through. Fabric shelters can also be dismantled in a short space of time, and moved elsewhere if required – something that wouldn’t be possible with a bricks and mortar building!

The speed of assembly with a fabric building also means that your business can keep operating rather than experiencing long periods of downtime while construction takes place – which in turn means less loss of time and income for your project. And lastly, there are fewer repairs and maintenance required than with a solid building, saving you from losing even more time out from your project.

Cost effectiveness

With a fabric building, the costs are reduced, as there is less requirement for the materials, site preparation, trades, and labour hire that is needed for a solid building, or for building upgrades and extensions if your needs change over time.

Less rules and regulations

Construction of bricks and mortar buildings requires various permits and inspections and complying with all kinds of complex legal requirements that generally aren’t required with a fabric shelter.

High level of weather protection

While you might think you need a solid building for weather protection, quality engineered fabric buildings can provide excellent protection for stock, machinery and people, including during extreme weather conditions. They can be wind-rated for the region your project is situated in up to 300kmh, and also adapted to all kinds of terrain, even mountainous alpine regions.


Quality fabric buildings are not only fully engineered but also come with non-corrosive steel frames, which means there is no need to worry about rust if the weather becomes inclement.

In addition, the sturdy polyethylene covers are designed to withstand all kinds of weather and wind speeds – so you don’t have to be concerned about them blowing away as soon as a bit of a gust comes or even a cyclone.

Natural light

Our fabric buildings at Allshelter provide UV protection while also allowing in plenty of natural light during the day, even when it’s grey and overcast outside. This feature reduces the need for artificial lighting, in turn reducing running costs and improving energy efficiency compared to a solid building.

Greater flexibility

Fabric buildings are not all the same, nor are there only fixed designs available. If you choose a custom shelter solution, you have the option of shelters that have been designed, engineered and manufactured to suit your specific needs or unique operations in terms of size, shape, clear span, access, vehicle movement, climate and terrain. And if your project changes over time and you find you need additional shelters or changes to your existing setup, this can be easily managed with the use of fabric shelters.

At Allshelter, our shelters come with a 10-year guarantee, so you can be assured of the long-term viability of our shelter solutions. Talk to us about your shelter needs if you would like to know more!

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