Flexible membrane or metal building: make the right choice

Do you need a building to store equipment, raise animals or simply for recreational activities? Whatever your sector, there are many choices open to you, and they may make you hesitate. Should you opt for a metal building or a canvas-covered building?

Learn more about the advantages of canvas membranes, a more durable, high-quality option requiring less maintenance and installation time.

Membranes, particularly durable

When purchasing any building, durability is an important criterion: after all, you don’t want to incur repair or replacement costs in the short to medium term.

In fact, both membranes and metal roofing can boast a long service life. In particular, metal membranes can be coated to improve their resistance. On the other hand, the risk of corrosion persists with these materials.

For this reason, the warranties provided with this type of building often include a number of restrictions, including on the storage of agricultural or potentially corrosive materials:

  • Salt
  • Wet environment
  • Waste
  • Organic matter such as animal excrement
  • Recycling
  • And many more.

So not only do you run the risk of corrosion, you also run the risk of not being covered for this damage. This is a major disadvantage when you think of the lifespan of a metal building; its durability will depend, among other things, on what you store inside it.

One of the advantages of a canvas dome is that the membrane is not a corrosive material. What’s more, if you opt for a galvanized steel dome structure, like our 800 Series buildings, you’ll never have a problem with rust. As a general rule, flexible membrane buildings have a lifespan in excess of 20 years.

Less maintenance for lower costs

For these reasons, metal roofs require more frequent repairs. The use of screws creates surfaces vulnerable to the development of rust, and Permodome buildings don’t use any.

This is not the only reason why metal roofs require more maintenance: they are also more at risk of water infiltration. This is because the panels evacuate water, but are not watertight.

So you’re not safe from seepage, unless you install a waterproofing system, which will incur additional costs.

NOVASHIELD flexible membrane is perfectly waterproof. It’s also highly resistant to tensile stress and doesn’t damage easily! Should a tear occur, maintenance is quick and inexpensive, unlike metal roofs.

Improved acoustic and lighting quality

You guessed it, metal buildings tend to be darker than a membrane that lets in daylight. What’s more, you only need to have heard the rain falling on a metal roof to know that metal roofs can create a noisy environment!

The flexible membrane responds to these problems with an environment that’s both hushed and bright. The atmosphere created by this type of building is not only more pleasant, it also includes several advantages:

  • Better ventilation
  • Lower lighting costs
  • Energy savings
  • Increased UV protection
  • Better animal health

In fact, the agricultural dome is far more advantageous for your animals, who benefit from a more natural atmosphere and temperate climate. Among other things, this guarantees better reproductive health and weight gains.

If you run a riding school, the subdued atmosphere will also be beneficial for your horses’ concentration. During thunderstorms, metal roofs tend to be disturbing – and not just for you!

Faster installation

To maximize your profits, quick installation is a must. Buildings with domed tarpaulins for sale offer this advantage; installation is often twice as fast! There are several reasons for this:

  • No screws or fasteners
  • No panels or sheets
  • Additional steel delivery times

With Permodome, the design and installation of your building is done quickly. We even offer you two options: we can install it ourselves, or we can supervise your team.

With Permodome buildings for sale, find the ideal solution for both the industrial and agricultural sectors. Permo Industries in Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, near Longueuil, Chambly, Saint-Hyacinthe and just a few minutes from Montreal, offers you customized buildings. Contact us to get started on your project!