Please check below to answers to commonly asked questions:
With tensile fabric structures there are may possible styles, shapes and colours that can be adapted to individual specifications. In other words, there is much more flexibility when it comes to designing tensile fabric structures as opposed to alternatives such as polycarbonate clad structures.
We have a library of over 50 pre-designed models capable of covering areas from 10m² to 1,000m² and beyond!
A very long time. In fact, a plastic bag will degrade quicker! All ArcCan structures are engineered specifically for each location and made with only the highest quality materials. Every ArcCan shade comes with a 10 year warranty and an estimated lifespan of at least 25 years. PVC fabrics are all recycliable so at the end of their life they do not impact the environment.
Most of our structures are fitted with PVC coated polyester fabric which provides year-round protection from the most inclement weather conditions with an expected lifespan of 20-25 years. The waterproof fabric that covers our tensile canopies and umbrellas provides total protection from the sun's harmful rays. A more economical alternative is to opt for a shade only fabric that is semi-permeable, these provide up to 98% UV protection dependent on the colour chosen. For shade sails we recommend removing the canopy during the Winter months to preserve the life of the sail as they can be damaged by high winds or snow.
Usually, planning permission is not required however we would always recommend checking with your local planning department as council regulations vary greatly. Some structures can be easily dismantled, making them a temporary installation, but the interpretation of 'temporary' varies - always check.
The price of a tensile structure tends to range from £200 - £500 per square metre. This includes structural supports, cables and fittings, foundations & installation. Costs vary due to complexity of design, local wind or snow conditions and the size of the structure required.
The lead time for our standard products is 7-8 weeks depending on the time of year. For projects that contain bespoke designs or large structures the lead time is usually 10-14 weeks. Please note that the Winter months are usually our quietest months and the Summer months and school holidays are our peak periods.
The timeline for groundworks and installation varies although for most projects the groundworks can be completed within 3 days and installation within 1-2 days after allowing up to 28 days for the concrete to cure.
Our installation team is DBS checked to ensure the safety of school pupils, we also take care to leave the site as tidy as when we found it.
Cleaning and maintaining a tensile fabric structure is absolutely essential, just the same as any building needs to be looked after to ensure that it does not deteriorate. To maintain your tensile fabric stricture, we recommend that the roof is cleaned every 9-12 months with a solution of warm water and non-abrasive cleaner. ArcCan offer a cleaning and maintenance service so call the office for a quote.