FastCover Fabric Structures continues to be “Open for Business” during this pandemic. We are being very diligent with respect to the safety of our staff and clients. With Sales, Administrative and Certified Engineering Technologist staff working remotely, we continue to be fully capable of providing service to you on a regular basis. Our manufacturing facility is currently only producing building components for customer orders and our installation teams are adhering to the requests and requirements of our customers to ensure their and our safety during this time.
Many of our FastCover clients wish to insulate their new FastCovers so that they can store or maintain equipment, protect inventory in or do some light manufacturing. There are a number of ways that this procedure can be done with various aspects to heat retention. Rigid board or fiberglass are the most common methods although spray insulation has been used. Spray insulation, although an excellent source of heat retention does render the high density polyethylene fabric to become permanently rigid. In light of the fact that many of our structures are portable they are often disassembled and re-erected at another location, making spray insulation a somewhat less desirable option.
Rigid board insulation is one common method of heat retention for FastCover structures. The combination of R value and dead air space between the exterior fabric and the interior rigid board can provide adequate heat retention with electric or temporary propane heat. Most rigid board insulation has a foil interior cladding that not only provides rigidity but reflects heat from the source, back into the building, making it an excellent source of heat retention. Couple this with sealing the edges of each board to create a continuous envelope adds to its value. Rigid board can be attached to the inner chords of the truss with horizontal wood strapping (1x4s are commonly used) or with factory supplied “U” channel adhered to the truss. FastCover fabric covers transmit approximately 80% of the exterior daylight. When combined with rigid insulated boards a light source is now required. When considering this option always take into consideration your available power source and lighting requirements and remember service and maintenance is slightly more time consuming and some boards may need replacement.
Fiberglass insulation is also an excellent form of heat retention. This method although more labour intensive, is quite cost effective. FastCover commonly uses fiberglass insulation in roll form. Structures need to be strapped horizontally and the roll insulation is applied up and over (side to side width-wise). The R value of the insulation may be dictated by the depth of the truss and space available for thickness of the insulation.
R12 is very common and adequate for our single truss structures as the rolls are 3’ in depth. As truss depths increase with building widths it is common to see R20+. Once insulation has been placed many of our clients finish the interior of the structure with our fabric liner. This protects the insulation from damage or movement yet still provides a reasonable amount of light transmission into the structure. Service and maintenance is the simplest with this type of application.
A very popular heat retention option is to install an interior liner and create a dead air space in between the exterior and interior liners. The depth of the truss between the outer and inner chords of the truss will determine the amount of dead air space and the heat retention provided. Light transmission is only slightly reduced in this economical option.
One more option called thermofoil is commonly used in far north applications where heat retention is a higher priority than the light transmission through the fabric. The material comes in rolls and can be used in a similar fashion to a fabric liner.
It’s like a high tech version of a good ol fashioned barn raising. Drive past the farm yard on a Friday afternoon and you can see a front end loader off-loading the trusses and crates from a flat bed trailer. Drive past again on the following Monday morning and that pile of steel and crates has turned into a 38 foot x 80 foot FastCover fabric covered storage building ready for use. This is a common sight happening all across North America. The FastCover Portable Engineered Truss Structures are becoming a popular choice for farmers and ranchers who need more covered storage space but don’t have the time to spare to fuss with weeks of building a traditional material structure. These fully engineered portable buildings provide the strength and portability that is required to meet the varied storage needs, from equipment storage to hay and feed storage.
A Weekend is All You Need
FastCover buildings are manufactured and shipped in modular components.
A full truss span will consist of 4 to 6 truss pieces which are then bolted on site and stood in place. Repeat the process and connect each truss with the cross member support purlins and continue until your steel superstructure is in place. The fabric cover is then secured to the base on one side of the building. Using guide ropes slung over the building’s frame work, the fabric cover is pulled into place and secured on the opposite side and ends. While the building installation instructions are quite a bit more detailed than this high level overview, this installation process is intended to take several days, as compared to several weeks, stretching in to a month long project, for traditional building materials.
Flexible Foundation Options
With FastCover’s ingenious Base Rail system, the options are nearly endless regarding building location and foundation choices. Some farm/ranch owners choose to build their storage building mounted on wood or concrete posts, some are built mounted to the ground, others on a temporary concrete block wall. one of the common storage building installation techniques is use engineered ground screw anchors which are located to match the connection points for the building. This results in both a building and a foundation that is portable and can be re-used at another location.
Flexible Storage Space
A FastCover fabric covered storage building is well suited to a wide variety of
storage uses. Many times the building will serve dual purposes. One end of the building is utilized as an equipment / machinery storage and maintenance building. The clear-span space with no internal columns to restrict movement is ideal for a weather protected storage area and the fabric covers bright allow a tremendous amount of natural daylight to pass to the interior of the building. This makes for an excellent location to perform repairs and scheduled maintenance to your equipment. While one end of the building is utilized by machinery, the other end is used for hay storage, feed storage, fertilizer storage, or crop storage. The weather-proof covers keep materials dry and with properly designed ventilation the buildings are ideal for crop / feed storage.
Got your weekend plans ready? Take advantage of the FastCover QuickShip program to get an available building on it’s way to you right away.
When making your next building purchase, there are many financial considerations. There are many ways a fabric building from FastCover Buildings can help you save money as described below.
Cost of Land and Taxes
Land is expensive and location factors often dictate the price. When making the decision on where to locate your building, sometimes you have the option of several locations. No matter what, there is a value to the land where your building will be placed. Because of the unique characteristics of a FastCover building, it will often qualify as a temporary structure, even though it is built to meet the local building code requirements for factors such as wind and snow load. When classified as a temporary structure, it will most often incur a lower property tax as it is not considered a permanent improvement to the property.
As will be described below, due to foundation options, a FastCover building can be erected on a wider range of terrain that may not be suitable for other building types. This means less suitable land, possibly less expensive land, can be selected.
Related to the above, one of the features of FastCover fabric buildings is the ability to be erected on a wide array of foundation types. From permanent foundations to concrete block foundations to large engineered screw anchors. The continuous outer base rail frame included in the FastCover building design allows the structure to be built almost anywhere.
Assembly Construction Time
Would you rather be using your building, or waiting on construction to be completed? A FastCover fabric building can save you weeks to months on labour and equipment expenses. A typical FastCover building installation is often measured in days. Because the buildings are shipped in large component pieces, including truss sections, purlins, cross bracing, winches, and cover sections, the assembly of a building occurs rapidly. Truss sections are bolted into completed trusses then raised into place and secured with bracing. When all trusses are standing and braced, the fabric cover is pulled into place.
The time frame for expensive lift equipment rental is minimized along with the overall construction time.
Shipping and Logistics
Logistically speaking, the component pieces, from trusses, to covers, to hardware, are all sourced from the FastCover manufacturing facility. When the building shipment arrives, it is ready to be built. As compared to other building styles, the component pieces may be sourced from multiple suppliers, often causing construction delays when materials do not arrive in the correct sequence or on schedule.
Interior Finishing – Lighting
As buildings have their outer shell completed, attention turns to the all-important inside of the building where actual business activity is planned. Most buildings require interior lighting so that people, equipment, and goods can move around inside the building. For a FastCover building, the fabric offers a tremendous advantage of transmitting a high amount of the outside daytime lighting to the building’s interior, usually eliminating the need for daytime artificial lighting. For a conventional building to achieve the same result, a very large number of windows would be required, increasing construction time and construction costs. For early morning or nighttime lighting, the bright white underside of the fabric cover helps to disperse artificial lighting further and more evenly requiring fewer light fixtures and lower on-going electricity consumption.
Summary of Building Purchase Savings
When making your next building purchase, we encourage you to go beyond just the invoice cost of the building itself. Consider the value of the land required, the foundation requirements and preparation, the expense of construction time, the cost of potential delays, and on-going costs such as electricity to light the buildings interior. We believe the choice of a FastCover fabric building becomes more obvious.
Reducing maintenance and utility costs associated with your storage buildings is a smart way to improve the operational efficiency of your business operations. Making a smart purchase decision includes not only taking into account the upfront capital cost of the building but also the on-going operational costs of the building.
Save on Construction Costs/Time
Setting aside the capital outlay for the building, there are a number savings that a FastCover fabric building will provide which may not be immediately obvious. The first is the time and expense saved to erect the building. Because the building is shipped in modular components, on-site construction time is drastically reduced where buildings can be completed sometimes in days as compared to weeks or months with buildings which must be completely constructed on-site. This also means your building is finished and ready for use in your business sooner.
Save on Your Lighting Bill
Now consider the post-construction state of your building, as this is expected to last for many years. You will have recurring monthly expenses for utilities and maintenance on any style of building. A FastCover fabric building can help to reduce a number of monthly expenses due to the nature of the materials used to manufacture the building. The most obvious difference between a fabric building and steel or wood construction building is the use of a fabric cover. This fabric cover offers numerous advantages. The first is that it allows a tremendous amount of natural daylight to pass through the cover to the building’s interior, virtually eliminating the need for daytime artificial lighting. Even on cloudy days, there is often ample light to perform most activities inside the building without flicking on the light switch and having the power meter spinning. In early morning hours and nighttime when we no longer have the free benefit of the suns light, artificial lights can be used more efficiently as the bright white underside of the cover reflects and disperses light so that typically fewer light fixtures are needed.
Less Heat/Cold Exchange
Unlike a metal roofed building often used for storage buildings, a fabric building cover will not radiate the heat and cold of the extreme weather conditions we experience. Combine this with a cover that is effectively a one-piece sealed membrane and there will be substantially less air through cracks and perforations traditional buildings tend to have.
Maintenance Costs on Your Roof
Some building styles require that the roofing and siding materials such as roof tar or shingles and exterior wall paint must be frequently maintained or replaced on a periodic basis. With a FastCover fabric building chosen for your storage building, there is no need to paint or shingle the roof and walls. The covers should be checked for tension periodically but are otherwise virtually self maintaining. Dirt and dust have a difficult time adhering to the polyethylene fabric and normally wind and rain are enough to blow off or wash off any that does manage to sit on the covers.
The building’s steel superstructure is post-weld powder-coat painted in our own paint booth. The extremely smooth finish helps to prevent cover wear and protects the steel framework from rust and corrosion.
Value You Can Re-Use
One cost saving factor that few other storage buildings can match is the ability to take your investment with you if your business circumstance result in a move of locations. A FastCover building is designed with an exclusive continuous base rail frame system which affords it a tremendous range of options in regards to foundations. So flexible are these options that the foundation itself may be temporary and if the need arises, a FastCover storage building can be disassembled, building and foundation moved, and re-erected at the new site.
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In what instances does purchasing a fabric building make sense for you or your business? This is hard to say, but a fabric building from Fast Cover isn’t the best building for all building uses. Fabric buildings do not make good multi-floor office buildings. Fabric buildings do not make good houses or good apartment buildings. But when you are putting together your construction plan for these types of projects, consider how a fabric building as a Temporary Construction Warehouse can be an invaluable asset to your plan.
Protect Your Inventory
For a large-scale building project, you likely have a large-scale timeline, stretching into months, or more. During your construction project, you have many types of materials arriving on-site, some for immediate use, some for future stages. Similarly, you have many types of equipment on-site, some are needed continuously and some less frequently. With the climate we experience here, your materials and equipment may be exposed to UV rays from sunlight, wind, dust, rain, snow, and hail, maybe even all within the same week. With a temporary construction warehouse, you can have a secure on-site storage facility to protect your inventory and equipment from weather damage, theft, and accidental damage.
Fast Cover fabric buildings are built with their unique continuous base rail system. This feature results in incredible flexibility in both where and how buildings can be erected. The foundation options range from ground mounts, screw anchors, temporary concrete blocks, and more. In fact, the whole building, foundation, steel trusses, fabric cover, end walls, and doors can all be assembled, disassembled, and moved to the next project location. This also makes the location of the temporary construction warehouse an easier decision to make as you have more flexibility to locate it where it is most suits your needs.
Rapid Assembly/Disassembly Time
One of your concerns may be the additional time needed to erect a warehouse only to have to remove it at the end of the project. But consider how having a temporary warehouse on site will give you the flexibility of scheduling material deliveries and eliminate delays due to any weather damaged materials. Now also consider that many Fast Cover buildings, which are shipped in modular components, can be erected with a week, often less, including placement of foundations such as concrete blocks.
A Fast Cover building as a Temporary Construction Warehouse will pay for itself many times over as you use it for future construction sites.
When most people think of vehicle storage buildings often the image that comes to mind is a dark garage, cramped and dingy. Wouldn’t you rather have a bright, wide-open space? When you are looking for your next vehicle storage building, your wish list is not as difficult to achieve as you might think.
Start with a Fast Cover building in mind and the first thing you will notice is how the fabric building covers permit a
tremendous amount of daytime lighting to enter the building interior and seems to fill up every corner with soft pleasant light. So much light that there is no need for turning on the artificial lights, even on a cloudy day. When darkness falls, the bright white underside of the covers helps to spread the light further, reducing both the number and size of light fixtures needed to light your building. The covers include UV ray blocking properties to reduce the exposure to sunlight fading for your vehicles.
All Fast Cover buildings are built 100% clear span. The steel super-structure has no internal columns or low hanging rafters to obstruct your maneuverability. Our building walls gain height very quickly leaving a maximum amount of space available for your storage needs.
Designed for Access
Our building designs provide for flexible door locations, from large overhead doors to personnel access doors. Configure your access need according to your traffic flow.
Sized to Meet Your Needs
The Fast Cover product line has buildings available in widths from 18’ wide to 86’ wide and can be built to any length required. We can even add on to most existing building if your storage needs grow in the future.
Put it Where you Need It
The unique Fast Cover Baserail system means tremendous flexibility regarding where the building can be erected and foundation options that range from screw anchors to concrete blocks to more permanent concrete bases. If your business needs evolve and you need to move or re-configure your vehicle storage, a Fast Cover building can be relocated, preserving your building investment.
Our steel superstructure is powder coated at the factory after all welding has been completed to provide you with a corrosion resistant building. The polyethelene building covers are made to withstand our harsh climate and will not rust.
Contact Fast Cover Buildings to learn more about the many advantages for your vehicle storage building.
Whether you are raising beef cattle, exotic livestock, goats or sheep, or running a dairy farm, the comfort and health of your herd is of critical importance to your farming operation. A healthy herd leads to a more efficient farming operation which can contribute to the bottom line of your business. When it is time to invest in your next building for housing your livestock consider all the ways a Fast Cover fabric building can help keep your animals in greater comfort.
Better Light Day and Night
The semi-translucent covers on a Fast Cover building allow for a tremendous amount of natural light to pass through to the interior of the building, while block much of the UV rays of natural sunlight. Daytime lighting fills every inch of
the building and eliminates shadowy areas. At night, the bright white underside of the covers helps to spread artificial light throughout the building, often with a lower energy requirement and few light fixtures than a non-fabric building. This means in the short days of our winter months it is less expensive to extend the lighting period within the building.
Ventilation & Air Volume
A properly designed building should promote good fresh air exchange. A Fast Cover fabric building is designed with a ceiling height resulting in a large air volume inside the building. With properly placed exhaust vents, the warm moist air common in animal housing buildings will rise upwards and be exhausted out the vents. Cooler, fresher air is drawn in from below in what is known as the venturi effect and helps to reduce the air borne pathogens in the building air.
Quiet, Hushed Atmosphere
A building with walls constructed of metal brick or wood can often be noisy inside with all sounds of machinery operations or other noises echoing off the walls. In a Fast Cover building, sounds do not echo and are dampened
by the fabric walls and roof cover. This quiet, hushed atmosphere is also easier on people working within the building making it easier to communicate over distances within the building. Buildings with metal roofs can also be quite noisy during rain storms with a metallic “ping” sound from every rain drop and a deafening sound during a hail storm which can be quite upsetting to many animals. Rain makes a quiet hushed sound and hail bounces off without a clang.
Many building materials will quickly radiate heat and cold from the outside of a building to the interior making it quite uncomfortable inside especially during extreme hit and cold. The fabric covers on a Fast Cover buildings have thermally non-conductive properties which help to moderate the temperature inside.
More Comfort, Better Herd
A more content, low-stressed herd will feed on a regular basis which promotes weight gain.
For dairy cattle or any animals raising young, natural light and ventilation can contribute to higher milk production helping the off-spring gain weight and strength early in life.
Contact Fast Cover Buildings to learn more about the many advantages for your farm.
Business operation in remote locations pose a number of challenges to many organizations, including those in the resource sectors such as Oil & Gas, Mining, Agriculture, Surveying, or Transportation. Modern building technologies such as FastCover Fabric Buildings offer a number of unique advantages that are well suited for use in remote locations with limited access to resources and labour.
1. Portable Modular Building Design
A FastCover fabric building is made of modular components, steel truss sections, end wall and frame components, foundation connections, and a fabric cover. All of these components are designed to be transported efficiently to almost any location and then assembled on site. The steel truss components are all factory welded and then are bolted together on-site meaning no requirement for on-site welding or steel fabrication. FastCover buildings can also be disassembled back to their component parts and then re-assembled at a different location. This portable aspect of FastCover buildings allows them to be a valuable asset as work operations move from one site to another. See More.
2. Flexible Foundation Options
FastCover buildings feature the exclusive continuous Base Rail system so in many applications they can be installed without a permanent foundation. This results in numerous foundation options to suit the building location and purpose such as using high strength screw anchors for ground mount applications or many temporary foundations such as concrete blocks or pressure treated posts using the Base Rail bracket. If the build is later required at another location, often the foundation or anchors can be reused as well. See More.
3. Quick Installation by Our Team
A workshop or lumber building that normally takes months to complete takes days with a fabric building. Our crew comes to your location to level and install your fabric building under your specifications. Time is money, don’t let construction put a restraint on your productivity or a strain on your resources. See More.
4. Low Electrical Requirements
Unlike other buildings, FastCover fabric structures use a material that is weatherproof, retains temperature, and also lets natural light through. This reduces the need for lighting during the day and temperature regulation. For many building uses in remote locations such as warehousing, equipment storage or equipment storage, the light transmitted through the cover during daylight hours is often enough and the bright white underside of the covers helps to distribute artificial lighting lessening the number of lighting fixture and power requirements. See More.
5. Rugged and Durable
FastCover fabric buildings are designed and built in Manitoba, Canada and are ready to stand up to the harsh environmental
conditions of some remote locations. Weather factors such as extreme winter cold or blazing summertime heat are no concern for the engineered fabric covers of the buildings. Elements such as water, dust, sand slide off the building so little maintenance is required on the building covers. The building’s steel superstructure is welded in factory conditions and then post weld powder coat painted to protect from exposure to harsh environments, inside and outside the building. See More.
Making the decision to build a FastCover fabric building in your remote locations means you have chosen a building that will prove it’s value through savings in time and money and will perform beyond your expectations.
FastCover Grows with Your Business!
When your business, farm or enterprise is growing at a rapid rate, it is generally a result of you, as an entrepreneur, pouring all your energy into that growth. Attempting to determine what the next step is to house all that growth can be a daunting task. Do I add onto my building, do I move to larger facilities, how do I become more efficient, are all questions swirling through your mind. As your business grows, plans change, and you need to be able to shift your thought process just as fast. The beauty of a FastCover portable structure is that it allows you to accommodate the need today and be re-located, added onto, or re-configured to accommodate tomorrow’s needs. At FastCover we grow with your business!
As a family owned privately held business, FastCover understands that cash flow and your passion drives growth and that there is not always an abundance of free cash to renovate, upgrade or purchase / rent new facilities. Leasing a New FastCover can assist you by providing excellent space for light manufacturing and assembly, or storage of raw material, parts, equipment and finished goods. Leasing allows you to budget for a reasonable fixed “no surprises” payment schedule where all payments can be fully expensed by your business, farm or enterprise.
Call FastCover today to discuss your fabric structure project with us. We always appreciate the opportunity to be taken into consideration to work with you assisting in the right solution for You!
A big Thank You to all those attendees who stopped by the FastCover booth
Manitoba Ag Days held in Brandon, MB is an annual event showcasing new and innovative products and services specifically designed for the Agricultural Sector. It is always well attended, as a no cost entry fee enables the show to draw from a very large surrounding area including other Provinces and States. It was an exceptional show for FastCover with new and existing customers looking at and making commitments to purchase new FastCovers. It is always satisfying to have existing owners of FastCovers bring acquaintances to our booth to talk about their positive experiences with their structures. There is nobody better than FastCover building owners to “sell” the benefits of FastCover ownership to new customers! Our booth was a 20′ wide x 15′ long FastCover fabric building complete with three styles of steel truss arches and the same fabric we use on agricultural and commercial buildings. We can demonstrate the real-life components of our fabric buildings and you can fell the sturdiness of the powder-coated, welded, truss building super-structure.
We are excited as to how the new year is starting with the opportunity to serve the Canadian and upper United States market. FastCover is currently serving clients in the Agricultural, Mining, Commercial/industrial, Oil/Gas, and Commercial Fishing sectors. In the event you or your business require a reasonably priced, long-lasting, Portable or Permanent Fabric Structure, we would greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with you on a solution that meets your needs.
See More Information on Fabric Buildings for the Agriculture Industry. These portable fabric buildings can be used as a livestock shelter, equipment storage, riding arenas, and so much more.
Canadian Western Agribition Details
Canadian Western Agribition, located in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, is the best beef show on the continent and the largest livestock show in Canada. The show is anchored by beef cattle and features horses, bison, sheep, goats, and an extensive agribusiness trade show. Canadian Western Agribition is a blend of agriculture, Indigenous culture, and festive entertainment, featuring live music, shopping, and food. The event also hosts evening pro rodeo performances for action-packed entertainment! The event is an international hub of agriculture excellence, hosting over 1,200 international guests from over 75 countries. CWA is where the world meets.
At FastCover we have and continue to be extremely busy supplying and installing FastCover Fabric Buildings. Being the manufacturer with full in-house installation services, and with the advantage of full portability of many of our structures, we have the ability to erect structures throughout the winter months. So don’t be afraid to make a good buying decision today and purchase your FastCover, Factory Direct… because it looks like it’s going to be another long Winter!
Sales & Show Specials
Ask about our special Winter booking Sales starting on November 19th that will save you BIG MONEY when you order any complete FastCover before December 15, 2018 for immediate or Spring delivery and installation. Call 1-866-657-7172. Please refer to “Winter Booking Sale” when calling in.
Check out our Show Specials during the show. These can be 1 only New or Display buildings that have been drastically reduced to sell and are only available in person at the show or by calling this number only: 1-204-224-3269. Please refer to the “Agribition Show Special” when calling in. We’ll see you at AffinityPlex, booth #800 at the 2018 Canadian Western Agribition.