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Comparison Matrix

We have developed an at-a-glance comparison matrix that demonstrates the different ways that Sprung tensioned membrane structures outperform and outlast pre-engineered metal and conventional construction buildings.

How Does a Sprung Structure Compare?

Feature Sprung Structure Pre-Engineered Metal Building Conventional Construction
Delivery Normally 3 weeks from order 6-16 weeks from order 8-12 months
Shipping Compact shipping: up to 15,000 sq.ft. can be shipped in one 40′ ISO container or on one 48′ flat bed. 6,000 sq.ft. per load n/a
Foundations If appropriate soil conditions exist, concrete foundations are not required on structures up to 160′ wide Yes – no exceptions Yes – no exceptions
Construction time on building envelope 500 to 2000 sq.ft. per day depending on options complete with finished interior After foundation is in place, up to 8,000 sq.ft within 4 weeks  12-18 months
Overall fast track construction timeline. Ground breaking to completion. 1-6 months 6-9 months 12-18 months
Maintenance schedule Rust free aluminum substructure. Patented tensioning system does not require any retensioning of membrane panels for the life of the structure. A standing seam metal roof is prone to large thermal movements. This causes leaks and requires continuous maintenance, especially at penetrations. Regular maintenance is required.
Expandability Adding additional modules is easy Renovation required Renovation required
Exterior color options Unlimited Limited Limited
Flexibility to relocate Yes No No
Daylight panels Standard feature: daylight panels in peak provide an optimum amount of natural daylight Significant extra cost Significant extra cost
Airtight building Envelope Efficiency Air permeability is almost 0, resulting in superior energy performance. Poor air-tightness Moderate air-tightness
Acoustics Excellent acoustical properties with our comprehensive insulation package and “soft wall” interior membrane Significant additional costs associated with acoustic treatments needed to make a metal building acceptable for any application where acoustics are a concern (gymnasiums, public assembly, churches, casinos, offices etc. Limited performance
Lifespan Indefinite lifespan simply by replacing exterior membrane every 20-30 years depending on membrane selection 15-50 depending on quality level Replace roof every 25+ years

We invite you to contact us to discuss how we can help you build faster and better.