Hoop Buildings: Advantages and Uses of Clear Span Fabric Buildings

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What Are The Advantages of Clear Span Hoop Buildings?

  1. Clear Span Design: One of the main advantages of hoop buildings is their clear span steel structure, which allows for a more open and flexible work area. Unlike traditional buildings that require columns and support beams, hoop buildings have a steel frame that is arched to create a wide, open space without any interior obstructions.
  2. Cost-effective: Fabric hoop buildings are much less expensive to construct and maintain compared to traditional buildings.
  3. Quick construction: Fabric hoop buildings can be constructed much faster than traditional buildings, reducing the amount of downtime for businesses and allowing for quicker occupancy and use.
  4. Minimal site preparation: Hoop buildings can be erected on a wide range of surfaces, including concrete, gravel, and dirt, and require minimal site preparation. This reduces the time and cost required to prepare a site for construction.
  5. Portability:- Another advantage of hoop buildings is their portability. Hoop buildings can be disassembled and moved to a different location, making them an ideal solution for businesses and industries that require temporary, semi-permanent or seasonal structures.
  6. Customizable: Fabric hoop buildings can be customized to meet a wide range of needs, including different sizes, heights, and can include various features such as customizable doors, flooring systems, lighting, and ventilation systems.
  7. Energy-efficient: The fabric covering of a hoop building allows for natural light to enter the building, reducing the need for artificial lighting during the day, and potentially lowering energy costs.
  8. Durability: The fabric covering used in hoop buildings is designed to withstand various weather conditions, including heavy snow and wind.
  9. Low maintenance: Hoop buildings require minimal maintenance, and the fabric coverings can be easily repaired or replaced if damaged.
  10. Versatility: Hoop buildings can be used for a wide range of applications, including storage, workshops, event spaces, livestock housing, and greenhouses.


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What Industries Use Fabric Hoop Buildings?

  1. Construction: The construction industry uses clear span buildings to provide a large, open space that can be used for a variety of purposes, such as equipment storage, workshop facility, and assembly space with UV protection against the sun and other harsh weather conditions such as high wind and rain.
  2. Agriculture: A hoop building, or hoop barn is often used in agriculture for the storage of farm equipment, crops, cattle, feed grain, manure, and other livestock production. These hoop barns provide protection for your animals during the colder winter months when the outside temperature is less than ideal.
  3. Manufacturing: Hoop buildings can be used as semi-permanent production facilities, storage and temporary warehousing.
  4. Oil and Gas: Clear span fabric buildings are used by oil and gas refineries during turnaround times for lunchrooms and break areas or are used for equipment storage and fabrication shops.
  5. Mining: Hoop buildings are used as storage facilities for mining equipment and storage bulk mined materials. They are often used as temporary facilities such as break rooms, medical stations, or warehousing.
  6. Military and Government: These large fabric buildings have an extensive expanse that is used for aircraft hangars, command and control centers, storage facilities, field hospitals and mess halls.
  7. Sports and Recreation: Clear span buildings are used for sports and recreation facilities, such as indoor sports fields, tennis courts, skating rinks, and horse-riding arenas.
  8. Transportation and Logistics: Hoop buildings are used for DOT equipment storage, sand & salt storage, municipal hazardous material storage, general warehousing, distribution centers, and maintenance facilities.
  9. Emergency Shelter & Medical Tents: Clear span tents can be used as temporary shelters for people who have been displaced from their homes due to a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, tornado, or earthquake. These tents can house medical supplies and can be staffed by healthcare professionals to provide medical care to those in need.


A clear span hoop building is an innovative and practical solution for a wide range of applications. With their durable and weather-resistant fabric covers and their high tunnel steel design, these structures offer several advantages over a traditional metal building or a stick-built wood structure. These hoop structures are cost-effective, portable, easy to assemble, and highly customizable, making them an ideal choice for agricultural, construction, oil and gas industries, and other industrial categories. Clear span hoop shelter offers a range of benefits including their strength, flexibility, and affordability, making them a smart investment for businesses and organizations in need of additional space or a temporary structure.

Contact Southern Comfort Shelters today and let us customize a clear span fabric building to fit your needs. The length of your fabric building can be extended at any time should you require additional space in the future. The tops are overlapped to prevent leaks.