Robust, tear-resistant, UV resistant fabric

Stabl Shelters Fabrics

The primary difference between a tension fabric building and other types of buildings is the fabric!

The primary difference between a tension fabric building and other types of buildings is the fabric!

Although buildings can be constructed of steel or wood framing, only a structure fully covered with fabric will produce enough natural light to work by. These steel and fabric buildings are also able to accommodate an inner fabric liner to cover insulation or wiring.

Stabl Shelters uses polyvinyl chloride (PVC) fabric because it is a more robust, tear-resistant, UV resistant fabric in fabric buildings

PVC fabric has translucency up to 12% (which may eliminate the need for artificial lighting during the day). PVC fabric is sturdy and long lasting.

Fabric buildings also have a naturally high albedo (solar reflectance). Higher albedo means that more sunlight is reflected off the building, keeping the inside a comfortable temperature in hot weather.

Polyvinyl chloride fabric has long been used for athletic facilities as well as military and aviation structures. PVC fabric is available in a wide variety of weights and colors. PVC fabric is available in the following weights:

  • PVC 450 grams = 15 oz
  • PVC 610 grams = 21 oz
  • PVC 750 grams = 27 oz
  • PVC 900 grams = 32 oz

Additional Fabric Information:

  • The PVC number refers to the weight in grams per square meter.
  • The ounces are the old imperial measurements.
  • It is a measurement weight. Heavier fabrics have more PVC coating.
  • PVC coating is what helps the fabric shed water, be fire resistant and stand up to UV ray breakdown.
  • The fabric weight is not a factor in snow or wind load ratings.
  • The heavier the fabric, the harder to cut, and the longer it stands up to UV rays.

The lifespan of our PVC fabric ranges from 4 to 12 years, depending on fabric weight, installation, UV rays and maintenance.

However, determining exactly how long the fabric will last is like knowing exactly how long an exterior paint job will last. Like paint, if more coats are properly applied, the paint job will last longer. How long an exterior paint job lasts, without needing to be repainted, not only depends upon how it was applied, it is also dependent on the weather conditions, use, and maintenance. The same applies to our PVC fabric.

During installation, either yourself or an experienced crew will apply the chosen fabric to a rigid steel frame using tensioning to keep the cover watertight, wrinkle-free, durable, and attractive. All our fabric covers are specially applied with a process that keeps the building off the steel frame, reducing the risk of tears.

Your building will be specially customized to meet your needs – right down to the type and colour of fabric and trims (you can choose from white, gray, and green). From enhancing your comfort to building your brand, the fabric is an integral part of your tension fabric structure.


Fabric weight will determine the lifespan of your Stabl Shelter.

PVC 450 Fabric – 4 to 7 years
PVC 610 Fabric – 5 to 8 years
PVC 750 Fabric – 6 to 10 years
PVC 900 Fabric – 7 to 12 years