Incompetent or Best Tensile Fabric Structures Company

How do you differentiate the best tensile fabric specialist with the incompetent one? Given all the information and visual representation of what you need in a tensile fabric structure, it is still hard to evaluate which one is better than the other, and which one is legitimate and not. Often times some contractors are very good at project bidding but not really at the top of their game or even doing good in designing and installing tensile fabric structures. What makes it even more worse, they work beyond their comfort zone.

Choosing an incompetent tensile fabric specialist possesses a high risk on your structure and can greatly impact the project as a whole. Working with unqualified design engineer and architect may give you a stunning design can make you think that you got yourself a great deal of a contractor. But in reality, the design itself is a hoax and may not work in the engineering and materials limitation and may have even failed all series of structural tests such as finite element analysis, load analysis, form finding and many others. Incompetent contractors can even give you construction materials or claim to be equalvalent materials with much lower price that have not undergone quality control and test of time. Another problem you may face once the project fails is that the company you hired may not agree to redo the project after it is completely turned over. This will double your expenses by correcting the error than making everything right from the start. Some providing an incomplete scope of work  and costing with many exclusion of work in order to provide a false impression of low price.

Now, how do you know if the tensile fabric specialist is not qualified to do your project?

Accomplished Projects – An incompetent specialist may not have a proven record of a finished project, or if they did, it can be a structure that have not passed any quality standard. Pay attention to those contractors who takes credit on other’s work and accomplishments. You may not want to deal with a contractor that steals ideas from others. Chances are, your design and ideas will end up on another client.

Giving Extra Mile – Experienced and thrust-worthy tensile fabric specialists may even give you better suggestions to make the project even more successful without adding further cost by doing value engineering in tensile fabric design. This shows how dedicated they are with their work and values their clients. Incompetent contractors does not carry this principle at all.

Does Not Go for Options – Does your contractor just offers you a standard tensile membrane structure design ? Or automatic statements of safety? This may mean that they have not weighed their options and practiced a detailed methodology or risk assessment in the execution of tensile fabric structure. You would know if you pay closer to the details of their proposal.

Standard Price for All Projects – Incompetent tensile fabric specialists have standard price for small-scale and large structural projects. Only one estimator presents the price and just have all the departments from design, fabrication and manufacturing, installation and maintenance to have their budgets adapt to the standard price provided, never consider the complexity of design, fabrication and installation.

Strong Team – Experienced tensile fabric specialists comes with key-persons from each department from engineer, designer, project manager and rigger. They all sit down with you to present all the details, project expectations and everything you need to know to get the project done with quality in tensile fabric structure.

What Services Do TE Membrane Provide?

What services does TE Membrane bring?

TE Membrane has high specialization with tensile membrane structures which makes all our designers, architects and structural engineers expert in this field of engineering. We provide full architectural tensile fabric solution such as the following:

  • Complete Custom Tensile Fabric Structures
  • Complete Standard Tensile Umbrella Structure
  • Design & Engineering of Tensile Fabric Structure Consultancy
  • Fabrication Services for Fabric Plotting and Welding
  • Fabrication Services for Structural Steel
  • Cleaning and Maintenance Services for Tensile Fabric Roof
  • Repair Services for Tensile Fabric Structure
  • Inspection, Integrity report and Assessment Report

The five architectural membrane types we work with are:

✓ PTFE coated fibre glass membranes;
(Polytetrafluoroethylene coated fibre glass membrane)
✓ PVC/ polyester PVDF coated membranes;
(Polyvinylidene fluoride coated Polyvinyl chloride membrane)
✓Silicon Coated Glass Fibre Fabrics
✓Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene, ETFE
✓ Architectural grade shade mesh, HDPE fabric

In general, TE Membrane works its best to offer you all kinds of services concerning tensile membrane structures. We never stop innovating our services to give you the top quality tensile membrane structure which can be one of the world’s most remarkable structures for all time. Learn more of our tensile fabric services.

Benefits of ETFE Membrane Roof

ETFE is known as Ethylene Tetraflouroethylene which is a polymer compound, also known as plastic material, has the following tremendous core qualities, that if used for tensile fabric structures, can create a very remarkable roof system:

  • ability to endure heat due to its high melting temperature threshold
  • can withstand radiation
  • resistant to chemical and electrical properties

With the above nature and behavior of ETFE, it is tagged as the most efficient roof material to date. In fact, it is the future of all structural needs. It has a wide variety of applications such as agricultural, industrial, government, hospitality, schools and universities, streets, parks and recreations and many more.

Here are some advantages of using ETFE on tensile fabric structures:

Very Lightweight
ETFE comes in foil or film which is very lightweight. This is a good material which only require less steel framework to support its weight. Hence, reducing the cost for the materials. Since it is very light, it also almost does not add any load that may impose stress on a building if it is decided to be built as an addition or an extension. This is why it is considered as roof of the future because of its free-form characteristic.

Safe, Reliable and Cleaning Efficient
ETFE roofs are safe and reliable. Given proper care and maintenance, ETFE materials can last longer up to 30 years. It can be self-cleaning as well since dirt and debris do not easily retain on the ETFE surface and can be washed by rain water.

Good Insulation Quality
ETFE roofing is also great to use in any kinds of climate due to its insulation characteristic. On winter or cold seasons, ETFE maintains the heat, creating a warm feeling in its covered areas. In contrast, during extreme heat conditions of the summer season, ETFE keeps off heat away from the structure, creating a humid and lowered temperature inside the structure. It tries to obtain 0.1W/m2k U-values for a roof which is impossible for other roof systems.

Thermal and Solar Control
Solar radiation is of great concern as occurrences of heat waves are now apparent in any parts of the world. What makes ETFE an advantage in roof systems is its capability to repel heat from the tensile structure. There are several ways on how ETFE can perform this behaviour such as tinting and surface treatments. This makes ETFE films and foils to be a form of thermal control. It keeps off heat at a certain time during day time.

Pro-Green Campaign
Since ETFE is safe to environment, construction of tensile fabric structures are very eco-friendly and impose no harm to environment through materials fabrication, manufacturing and installation stages.

Natural Lighting
ETFE fabrics can mimic a glass-like characteristic of a roof. What is more amazing with ETFE is that it allows about 90% of natural light of the day which is more than what a glass roofing can allow which in reality block about 30% of natural day light. All people who have gone to an ETFE roofing is known to have help improve with Seasonal Adjustment Disorder.

What Is The Frequency Of Cleaning & Maintenance for Tensile Membrane Structure?

Cleaning & Maintenance of tensile membrane structures are not very hard. It only needs a proper cleaning program and all be well. The location of the fabric structure determines the frequency of cleaning. Other locations are vulnerable to dust and debris and others have mild pollutants. Structures that are built in urban places where dirt and grime coming from various air pollutants such as vehicle smoke, smoke coming from factories and others, they require an every 6-months cleaning frequency. For other structures that are far from busy cities can have annual cleaning program for fabric structure.

Method of cleaning of the membrane structure  involves washing down of fabrics using soapy water and soft brush. Soapy or detergent that approved by fabric materials manufacturers.  The cleaning covers the exterior and the interior parts as well. What needs to be checked are any discoloration on the fabric surface, leaf and debris accumulations, removal of dusts and make sure that the overall build of the tensile fabric structure is thoroughly cleaned. The lift equipment to be used will depend on the location and tensile fabric design as well since some structures have higher roof levels and others have limited access, thus requiring a lift with higher reach.

What Are The Applications of Tensile Membrane Structures?

Tensile membrane structures can be used in many areas and application. In fact, it can be used whenever and wherever. With its easy and fast installations, tensile membrane structure applications are limitless. It can be used as a facility for government, hospitality, schools and universities, industrial, sporting events, arenas, walkways, restaurants, gardens, residential, retail outlets and many more! What’s even more exciting is that tensile membrane structures are more convenient and economical to use that is why most building owners decide to go for tensile structures. The lightweight structure also easy to mix with old or new architecture.

TE Membrane can help you with your roof system needs. Let us know your requirements and we will give you the best advise on your tensile membrane structure. Contact us!

Are Tensile Membrane Structures Free of Vandalism?

Unfortunately, tensile membrane structures are not vandal proof just all other forms of structures. However, TE Membrane works its way to make all our tensile membrane projects vandal-free as possible we could. We always vandalism as a parameter to be checked when it comes to designing tensile fabric structures and is a part of our checklist and design requirement & parameter. We carefully study the location and height where it will be installed and see if it is vulnerable with vandalism.

How Long Can a Tensile Membrane Structure Last?

A lifespan of a tensile membrane structure is dependent on the budget of the project. The budget determines what design and materials are needed for the construction of the tensile membrane structure. For instance on fabric roof systems, there are several fabric types with corresponding lifespan. Silicon coated glass fibre fabrics and ETFE, PTFE fabrics, PVC coated with PVDF fabrics can make it from 20 to 50 years. Some PVC and HDPE Shade Cloth  fabric on the other hand can make it 5 years to 15 years. You can check a full list of fabric types and characteristics on TE Membrane Material Comparison Table.

The budget is the key on how long a tensile structure will last. If the budget is too tight, materials with lesser quality is an option. Some companies tend to go for cheaper materials which may not last longer than expected and compromise the technical requirement of the fabrics.

What Tensile Fabric Construction Codes Do You Follow?

Yes, TE Membrane follows Australian Lightweight Tensile Structure Guidelines & Codes. Our membrane engineering comply with the British Standard Codes to strictly address wind, rain and snow loads tackled under BS 6399 sections 2 and 3. For every structure we design and install, we follow these guidelines to ensure that all structures meet safety loadings. Therefore, our team of designers, architects and structural engineers performs a series of tests and calculations for data analysis to come up with the best design option which can perform in under various climate conditions and works well with the geographic area where the tensile fabric structure will be built in the world. The final analysis result should be in accordance with the construction codes which should be visible in all paperwork.

Not every tensile fabric specialist follows this strict guidelines. Hence, prior to designing the tensile structure, discuss every detail of the location where the structure will be installed such as weather conditions and changes every year and other climate occurrences the structure may face once it is up. This is will help you choose the right material such as fabric to resist the climate conditions and will ensure safety and practical application of the fabric structure.

Are Tensile Membrane Structures Expensive?

The answer is no. In fact, tensile membrane structures is the best architectural solution ever discovered nowadays. It is the future of architectural structures. Compared to common roof systems such as glass, tensile architectural structures can save you half the material cost together with the fabrication of for the framework and construction time cost. Tensile fabric structures are also known for fast and easy installation. Hence, it can help you with reducing your over-all project cost.

Below are the amazing things you will enjoy when go for tensile membrane structures:

  • Low maintenance compared to glass
  • Factory manufacture of the membrane minimizing site interruptions
  • Membrane factory welded into single weatherproof skin eliminating expansion joints
  • Large span with more coverage
  • Designed for rapid construction

What is ETFE Roof?

TE Membrane is one of the leading and world-class tensile membrane structure companies, delivering ETFE roofing to a higher level for architectural solution in the field of tensile fabric. We have the best and well-versed designers, architects and structural engineers who have accomplished and completed numbers of tensile fabric structures both local and international.


Scientifically known as Ethylene Tetraflouroethylene, ETFE is a plastic material based on flourine.

ETFE on Tensile Fabric Structure

When used as a fabric material roofing, it is discovered as the most efficient material there is. ETFE comes as a flexible film or foil which makes it lightweight and transparent that makes it an energy-saver. It is very effective alternative to glass roofing.

With high susceptibility to heat, ETFE can neither shrink nor expand. It also has very high melting point which is why it is desired in countries with higher climate temperatures. In contrast with heat, ETFE fabrics can also endure extreme cold and works well in countries that experience autumn spells.

ETFE roofing is easy to clean and maintain and thus makes it cost-efficient. In fact, it requires less to no external cleaning since it can easily be washed by rain water. Dirt and debris do not build up easily on ETFE surface.

ETFE is lightweight and if used as a part of a roof system , it does not pass any weight on the main building. Hence, it is very ideal to use as an extended roofing, an add-on on buildings for long span design.

Lifespan is another factor to consider during the design phase of a tensile fabric structure. ETFE can last up to 35, given proper care and maintenance

Lastly, ETFE roof systems promotes green campaign to protect and preserve the environment.


Should you be interested on ETFE fabric for your tensile fabric structure, consult with us and we would be glad to help out!