Insulated Sports Training Facility

FastCover builds a few hundred fabric covered buildings every year. The list of applications for our buildings seems to be never-ending and we tackle each building project with the attention to detail and dedication to manufacturing quality that our customers expect. The vast majority of fabric structures that FastCover manufactures and erects are used for cold storage purposes such as commercial or industrial warehouses. Our structures are ideal for the storage of Commercial, Agricultural, Oil & Gas and Mining components and equipment. FastCover buildings are an integral part of improving equipment reliability and longevity by keeping valuable assets away from exposure to the harsh elements. We are seeing a significant rise in alternate uses for FastCover buildings such as light manufacturing, staging of sub-assemblies for further manufacturing, on-site safety & training facilities, and more unique uses such as sports training facilities. FastCover has the ability to adapt your structure to your specific application needs. You may want lighting, power, heat and remote doors which are just a few of the building options we can provide.

A recent project is a sports training facility that we are currently completing.  The exterior of the building looks like a very standard FastCover building, 30’ wide x 45’ long. This particular FastCover is fully portable and requires only a level surface to be mounted on. The baserail system sits on top of the ground and the entire structure is anchored using our screw anchor and turnbuckle system.  The typical all fabric roll-up door was swapped out for an insulated steel overhead door complete with electric lift and remote control openers. The accompanying walk in door is a steel insulated security door.

Inside the structure is where the uniqueness really become apparent. Rigid insulation panels are being applied to the trusses to provide an excellent environment for training our future NHL stars on artificial ice. This fabric structure is complete with lighting, heat and power to ensure a consistent climate for learning. As you can see, the rigid insulation panel interior surface is white woven polystyrene for a clean professional surface and the side facing out is reflective. With a 1” depth, this particular product has an insulation R value of 27 per inch. As with any type of insulation, rigid or fibreglass batting, there will be a significant reduction in light transmission from the original membrane (normally approximately 80% of light is transmitted through).  Interior lighting will be added. Once completed, this structure will be able to generate significant training revenue for the owner. At FastCover we are more than cold storage.  Give us your building requirements and we can help get you there.

For another example of an insulated building project please see Insulating Your New FastCover Building.

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Fully Portable Equipment Storage Building

FastCover recently erected the 50’ wide Straight Leg Super Series structure for a prominent crown utility company in Western Manitoba, Canada to be used as an equipment storage building. The building was required to be fully portable as the property is currently being rented by the Utility Company and it will be required to be re-located at some point in time. Although the FastCover 50 SLSS is portable it is imperative that the structure and foundation meet National Building Code for that specific site, which it does. FastCover engineers ensured that the structure exceeded snow, wind and rain loads for the area and also that the foundation met all the necessary uplift, down force and horizontal load requirements. With the stamped engineering documents in hand, FastCover started the fabrication process. The FastCover 50 SLSS is unique in that it provides a tremendous amount of cubic volume inside the structure. With 10’ high exterior straight legs, equipment, pallets and commercial racking are able to be placed in close proximity to the sides allowing for great use of space. In this particular application incorporating concrete blocks as the foundation allow for even greater use by lifting the structure even higher. Incorporating a steel non-insulated overhead door with a chain hoist ensures that the weather elements stay where they should be… outside.

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The purpose of this FastCover is to provide excellent inclement weather protection for the client’s equipment. Providing equipment protection drastically reduces the deterioration of tires, hoses, mechanical & electrical components plus reduces the early onset of rust on painted parts. Longer equipment life results in greater return on investment for the client. Another benefit is the creation of a better work environment for their mechanical staff to complete minor repairs and maintenance.

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The building did not require the supply of electrical wiring or interior lighting.  Primarily a day-use building, the semi-translucent building covers and end walls transmit a tremendous amount of natural light to the building interior, even on cloudy days.  As a result, the expense to install artificial lighting was avoided, increasing the ease of a future building move.

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FastCover uses only structural steel fabricated under the strict guidelines of the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA A660-10). Working closely with and being audited annually by the CWB, FastCover ensures that documented welding procedures are adhered to by all CWB certified welders employed by FastCover. Being accredited and also annually audited to the CSA A660-10 standard ensures that we meet engineering standards as set out by the National and International building codes plus it ensures traceability of raw material to finished goods. Only CSA A660-10 accredited companies can provide site specific, engineer stamped documents for fabric structures such as FastCovers.

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Insulating Your New FastCover Building

Many of our FastCover clients wish to insulate their new FastCovers so that they can store or maintain equipment, protect inventory in or do some light manufacturing. There are a number of ways that this procedure can be done with various aspects to heat retention. Rigid board or fiberglass are the most common methods although spray insulation has been used. Spray insulation, although an excellent source of heat retention does render the high density polyethylene fabric to become permanently rigid. In light of the fact that many of our structures are portable they are often disassembled and re-erected at another location, making spray insulation a somewhat less desirable option.

Rigid board insulation is one common method of heat retention for FastCover structures. The combination of R value and dead air space between the exterior fabric and the interior rigid board can provide adequate heat retention with electric or temporary propane heat. Most rigid board insulation has a foil interior cladding that not only provides rigidity but reflects heat from the source, back into the building, making it an excellent source of heat retention. Couple this with sealing the edges of each board to create a continuous envelope adds to its value. Rigid board can be attached to the inner chords of the truss with horizontal wood strapping (1x4s are commonly used) or with factory supplied “U” channel adhered to the truss. FastCover fabric covers transmit approximately 80% of the exterior daylight.  When combined with rigid insulated boards a light source is now required. When considering this option always take into consideration your available power source and lighting requirements and remember service and maintenance is slightly more time consuming and some boards may need replacement.

Fiberglass insulation is also an excellent form of heat retention. This method although more labour intensive, is quite cost effective. FastCover commonly uses fiberglass insulation in roll form. Structures need to be strapped horizontally  and the roll insulation is applied up and over (side to side width-wise). The R value of the insulation may be dictated by the depth of the truss and space available for thickness of the insulation.

R12 is very common and adequate for our single truss structures as the rolls are 3’ in depth. As truss depths increase with building widths it is common to see R20+. Once insulation has been placed many of our clients finish the interior of the structure with our fabric liner. This protects the insulation from damage or movement yet still provides a reasonable amount of light transmission into the structure. Service and maintenance is the simplest with this type of application.

A very popular heat retention option is to install an interior liner and create a dead air space in between the exterior and interior liners. The depth of the truss between the outer and inner chords of the truss will determine the amount of dead air space and the heat retention provided. Light transmission is only slightly reduced in this economical option.

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One more option called thermofoil is commonly used in far north applications where heat retention is a higher priority than the light transmission through the fabric.  The material comes in rolls and can be used in a similar fashion to a fabric liner.

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How to Save Money on Your Next Building Purchase

When making your next building purchase, there are many financial considerations.  There are many ways a fabric building from FastCover Buildings can help you save money as described below.

Cost of Land and Taxes

Land is expensive and location factors often dictate the price.  When making the decision on where to locate your building, sometimes you have the option of several locations.  No matter what, there is a value to the land where your building will be placed.  Because of the unique characteristics of a FastCover building, it will often qualify as a temporary structure, even though it is built to meet the local building code requirements for factors such as wind and snow load.  When classified as a temporary structure, it will most often incur a lower property tax as it is not considered a permanent improvement to the property.

As will be described below, due to foundation options, a FastCover building can be erected on a wider range of terrain that may not be suitable for other building types.  This means less suitable land, possibly less expensive land, can be selected.

Foundation

Related to the above, one of the features of FastCover fabric buildings is the ability to be erected on a wide array of foundation types.  From permanent foundations to concrete block foundations to large engineered screw anchors.  The continuous outer base rail frame included in the FastCover building design allows the structure to be built almost anywhere.

Assembly Construction Time

Would you rather be using your building, or waiting on construction to be completed?  A FastCover fabric building can save you weeks to months on labour and equipment expenses.  A typical FastCover building installation is often measured in days.  Because the buildings are shipped in large component pieces, including truss sections, purlins, cross bracing, winches, and cover sections, the assembly of a building occurs rapidly.  Truss sections are bolted into completed trusses then raised into place and secured with bracing.  When all trusses are standing and braced, the fabric cover is pulled into place.

The time frame for expensive lift equipment rental is minimized along with the overall construction time.

Shipping and Logistics

Logistically speaking, the component pieces, from trusses, to covers, to hardware, are all sourced from the FastCover manufacturing facility.  When the building shipment arrives, it is ready to be built.  As compared to other building styles, the component pieces may be sourced from multiple suppliers, often causing construction delays when materials do not arrive in the correct sequence or on schedule.

Interior Finishing – Lighting

As buildings have their outer shell completed, attention turns to the all-important inside of the building where actual business activity is planned.  Most buildings require interior lighting so that people, equipment, and goods can move around inside the building.  For a FastCover building, the fabric offers a tremendous advantage of transmitting a high amount of the outside daytime lighting to the building’s interior, usually eliminating the need for daytime artificial lighting.  For a conventional building to achieve the same result, a very large number of windows would be required, increasing construction time and construction costs.  For early morning or nighttime lighting, the bright white underside of the fabric cover helps to disperse artificial lighting further and more evenly requiring fewer light fixtures and lower on-going electricity consumption.

Summary of Building Purchase Savings

When making your next building purchase, we encourage you to go beyond just the invoice cost of the building itself.  Consider the value of the land required, the foundation requirements and preparation, the expense of construction time, the cost of potential delays, and on-going costs such as electricity to light the buildings interior.  We believe the choice of a FastCover fabric building becomes more obvious.

Fabric Buildings Save Maintenance and Utility Costs for Storage Buildings

Reducing maintenance and utility costs associated with your storage buildings is a smart way to improve the operational efficiency of your business operations.  Making a smart purchase decision includes not only taking into account the upfront capital cost of the building but also the on-going operational costs of the building.

Save on Construction Costs/Time

Setting aside the capital outlay for the building, there are a number savings that a FastCover fabric building will provide which may not be immediately obvious.  The first is the time and expense saved to erect the building.  Because the building is shipped in modular components, on-site construction time is drastically reduced where buildings can be completed sometimes in days as compared to weeks or months with buildings which must be completely constructed on-site.  This also means your building is finished and ready for use in your business sooner.

Save on Your Lighting Bill

Now consider the post-construction state of your building, as this is expected to last for many years.  You will have recurring monthly expenses for utilities and maintenance on any style of building.  A FastCover fabric building can help to reduce a number of monthly expenses due to the nature of the materials used to manufacture the building.  The most obvious difference between a fabric building and steel or wood construction building is the use of a fabric cover.  This fabric cover offers numerous advantages.  The first is that it allows a tremendous amount of natural daylight to pass through the cover to the building’s interior, virtually eliminating the need for daytime artificial lighting.  Even on cloudy days, there is often ample light to perform most activities inside the building without flicking on the light switch and having the power meter spinning.  In early morning hours and nighttime when we no longer have the free benefit of the suns light, artificial lights can be used more efficiently as the bright white underside of the cover reflects and disperses light so that typically fewer light fixtures are needed.

Less Heat/Cold Exchange

Unlike a metal roofed building often used for storage buildings, a fabric building cover will not radiate the heat and cold of the extreme weather conditions we experience.  Combine this with a cover that is effectively a one-piece sealed membrane and there will be substantially less air through cracks and perforations traditional buildings tend to have.

Maintenance Costs on Your Roof

Some building styles require that the roofing and siding materials such as roof tar or shingles and exterior wall paint must be frequently maintained or replaced on a periodic basis.  With a FastCover fabric building chosen for your storage building, there is no need to paint or shingle the roof and walls.  The covers should be checked for tension periodically but are otherwise virtually self maintaining.  Dirt and dust have a difficult time adhering to the polyethylene fabric and normally wind and rain are enough to blow off or wash off any that does manage to sit on the covers.

The building’s steel superstructure is post-weld powder-coat painted in our own paint booth.  The extremely smooth finish helps to prevent cover wear and protects the steel framework from rust and corrosion.

Value You Can Re-Use

One cost saving factor that few other storage buildings can match is the ability to take your investment with you if your business circumstance result in a move of locations.  A FastCover building is designed with an exclusive continuous base rail frame system which affords it a tremendous range of options in regards to foundations.  So flexible are these options that the foundation itself may be temporary and if the need arises, a FastCover storage building can be disassembled, building and foundation moved, and re-erected at the new site.

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Temporary Construction Warehouse

In what instances does purchasing a fabric building make sense for you or your business?  This is hard to say, but a fabric building from Fast Cover isn’t the best building for all building uses.  Fabric buildings do not make good multi-floor office buildings.  Fabric buildings do not make good houses or good apartment buildings.  But when you are putting together your construction plan for these types of projects, consider how a fabric building as a Temporary Construction Warehouse can be an invaluable asset to your plan.

Protect Your Inventory

For a large-scale building project, you likely have a large-scale timeline, stretching into months, or more.  During your construction project, you have many types of materials arriving on-site, some for immediate use, some for future stages.  Similarly, you have many types of equipment on-site, some are needed continuously and some less frequently.  With the climate we experience here, your materials and equipment may be exposed to UV rays from sunlight, wind, dust, rain, snow, and hail, maybe even all within the same week.  With a temporary construction warehouse, you can have a secure on-site storage facility to protect your inventory and equipment from weather damage, theft, and accidental damage.

Location Flexibility

Fast Cover fabric buildings are built with their unique continuous base rail system.  This feature results in incredible flexibility in both where and how buildings can be erected.  The foundation options range from ground mounts, screw anchors, temporary concrete blocks, and more.  In fact, the whole building, foundation, steel trusses, fabric cover, end walls, and doors can all be assembled, disassembled, and moved to the next project location.  This also makes the location of the temporary construction warehouse an easier decision to make as you have more flexibility to locate it where it is most suits your needs.

Rapid Assembly/Disassembly Time

One of your concerns may be the additional time needed to erect a warehouse only to have to remove it at the end of the project.  But consider how having a temporary warehouse on site will give you the flexibility of scheduling material deliveries and eliminate delays due to any weather damaged materials.  Now also consider that many Fast Cover buildings, which are shipped in modular components, can be erected with a week, often less, including placement of foundations such as concrete blocks.

A Fast Cover building as a Temporary Construction Warehouse will pay for itself many times over as you use it for future construction sites.

Top 6 Reasons Fabric Buildings are Ideal Vehicle Storage Buildings

When most people think of vehicle storage buildings often the image that comes to mind is a dark garage, cramped and dingy.  Wouldn’t you rather have a bright, wide-open space? When you are looking for your next vehicle storage building, your wish list is not as difficult to achieve as you might think.

Well Lit

Start with a Fast Cover building in mind and the first thing you will notice is how the fabric building covers permit a

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tremendous amount of daytime lighting to enter the building interior and seems to fill up every corner with soft pleasant light.  So much light that there is no need for turning on the artificial lights, even on a cloudy day.  When darkness falls, the bright white underside of the covers helps to spread the light further, reducing both the number and size of light fixtures needed to light your building.  The covers include UV ray blocking properties to reduce the exposure to sunlight fading for your vehicles.

Wide Open

Personal Storage BuildingAll Fast Cover buildings are built 100% clear span.  The steel super-structure has no internal columns or low hanging rafters to obstruct your maneuverability.  Our building walls gain height very quickly leaving a maximum amount of space available for your storage needs.

Designed for Access

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Our building designs provide for flexible door locations, from large overhead doors to personnel access doors.  Configure your access need according to your traffic flow.

Sized to Meet Your Needs

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18′ Wide portable fabric building garage or utility building

The Fast Cover product line has buildings available in widths from 18’ wide to 86’ wide and can be built to any length required.  We can even add on to most existing building if your storage needs grow in the future.

Put it Where you Need It

The unique Fast Cover Baserail system means tremendous flexibility regarding where the building can be erected and foundation options that range from screw anchors to concrete blocks to more permanent concrete bases.  If your business needs evolve and you need to move or re-configure your vehicle storage, a Fast Cover building can be relocated, preserving your building investment.

Durability

Our steel superstructure is powder coated at the factory after all welding has been completed to provide you with a corrosion resistant building.  The polyethelene building covers are made to withstand our harsh climate and will not rust.

Contact Fast Cover Buildings to learn more about the many advantages for your vehicle storage building.

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See Us @ the North Atlantic Fish & Workboat Show, Nov 16-17

FastCover is “fast” becoming the fabric building of choice for those involved in the commercial fishing industry. Our fabric structures are a perfect fit for off-season storage of boats, gear and traps. This is why we are proud to support and be an exhibitor at the North Atlantic Fish and Workboat Show in 2018. The show is a proud Maritime tradition held on November 16-17 at the Mile One Centre in St. Johns, Newfoundland. The show features new and innovative products in the commercial marine and fishing industries. Exhibitors include marine wear, electronics, survival equipment, engines, lighting, navigation equipment and of course FastCover storage facilities.

FastCover Fabric Structures for Commercial Fishing

FastCover has experience in providing fabric structures for the Commercial Fishing Industry across Atlantic Canada. Our fabric structures, prior to assembly are compact making them ideal candidates to be flown or ferried or trucked into any location. FastCover portable fabric buildings can then be erected on any relatively level site without the need for expensive foundations. These fabric structures can be secured to the ground in a variety of methods from screw anchors to rock brackets to concrete blocks. Whichever method best suits the location, the ground disturbance is minimal or non-existent. In the event the FastCover fabric building is no longer required at a specific location or site, they can be easily disassembled and re-erected elsewhere, making it the perfect portable storage solution for permanent or temporary Commercial Fishing or Workboat storage solutions.

See More Information on Storage Solutions for the Commercial Fishing Industry

Why a FastCover Portable Fabric Structure?

FastCover buildings provide protection against the elements for your boat, equipment, traps & pots and other important assets. Fastcovers provide an excellent environment to perform repairs and maintenance on your boat and equipment. Commercial boats and equipment are a vital asset to the current and future value of the business and need to be properly protected against the elements to minimize deterioration. FastCover fabric structures for Commercial Fishing Operations keep boats, trailers, marine equipment and other assets out of the elements, allowing for faster and easier startups. No more shoveling snow, unthawing, or digging out equipment anymore! FastCover fabric buildings are the ultimate shed storage solution to protect hoses, tires and paint on Commercial Fishing equipment from fading, cracking, and failing. This allows for longer life, less maintenance and better resale value of the equipment.

  • FastCover fabric buildings come with a full 15-year warranty for peace of mind.
  • Most FastCovers are completely portable, allowing you to erect them without the need for costly foundations.
  • FastCover fabric structures for commercial fishing operations can be easily relocated to another location on your property to adapt to the growth and expansion of your business.
  • FastCovers have great resale value, which is a huge cost benefit compared to a permanent building.
  • See what FastCover has done to provide others with boat storage building solutions at an Atlantic Commercial fishing business 

FastCover at the North Atlantic Fish & Workboat show, Visit us at the Chiasson Booth

Find FastCover Fabric Structures at the North Atlantic Fish & Workboat show and browse through our fabric building inventory to see which is best for your commercial fishing and workboat needs.

 

Solar Powered Building – Solar Solution for Your New FastCover

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We have developed the perfect solar power solution for your new FastCover portable fabric structure. A small 14×28 foldable solar panel is mounted onto a unique bracket that does not alter or affect your main fabric cover whatsoever. The bracket gets mounted onto the upper truss with self tapping screws and drops down below the storm flap and back up with a mounting bracket for the solar panel. Angle brackets allow you to adjust the angle on the solar panel depending on the light availability in your particular area. The solar power can be harnessed to generate lighting or light duty power use. This particular application plugs into a round fan that is mounted to the upper side end wall of the FastCover, allowing us to extract air out of the building in order to keep the humidity level lower in your brand new FastCover building. To encourage air movement we installed vents on the opposing end wall to draw in fresh air as the fan extracts humid air. Check out our YouTube video to learn more about getting a solar powered building.

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It’s A-BOAT TIME! FastCover Exhibits at the Moncton Boat Show

FastCover will be exhibiting at the Moncton Boat Show, March 31 – April 2, 2017.

New Brunswick’s largest boat show sets sail this spring at the Moncton Coliseum. From fishing boats to cruisers, runabouts, personal watercraft and so much more, this show has it all. The water is waiting! Discover all the ways you could be spending time on the region’s waterways. Shop for the boat of your dreams, with something to satisfy every taste and budget.

Protect your Boat with a FastCover

More and more recreational boaters and commercial fishermen are protecting their assets with a new FastCover fabric building. With the initial investment of boats and related equipment these days it makes complete sense to protect your investment from the harsh climate when they are not in use. A FastCover fabric building is the perfect cold storage facility for your boat storage and assets, plus it gives you the perfect environment to clean, repair, replace and do maintenance on your boat. Many of our commercial fishermen store their boat off-season along with all their traps. They love the fact that everything is out of the elements making off-season work a pleasure. Protecting boats from the elements increases the longevity of their asset which ultimately gives them more productive time on the water and greater re-sales value when it’s time to upgrade. At FastCover we are protecting your boat, one at a time!

See More Information on Boat Storage Buildings

Call us today at 1-866-657-7172 or go online for more information or a request a quote on your new FastCover. See you at the Moncton Boat Show Booth # 120.

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Visit FastCover @ Winnipeg Home and Garden Show, April 6-9, 2017

FastCover Fabric Structures displays at Winnipeg Home and Garden Show Booth #1327

Visit FastCover at Booth #1327 at the upcoming Winnipeg Home and Garden Show from April 6th to 9th, 2107 at the RBC Convention Centre Downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba. If you are seeking assistance on a home improvement project or looking for a new and better way to store your tools, gardening or recreational equipment, look no further than your new FastCover Fabric Structure at the Show. You’ll find Canada’s most popular Designers, Gardeners, Realtors and Home Improvement Specialists at the show, including Celebrity presenters Bryan and Sarah Baeumler plus Carson Arthur, host of HGTV’s brand-new series “Home to Win”.

A Workshop for your Projects

FastCovers are becoming the fabric structure of choice for workshops to bring your home improvement projects to completion without worrying about the weather. How many times have you pulled out all your tools to work on your fence, deck, gazebo, BBQ stand, etc.. and it starts to rain! We know this because as avid Do-it-Yourselfers, it’s a pain. There is no need to worry about Mother Nature on the only 2 Saturday’s you have available to complete your project or no need to clean up your stuff on Saturday night when you want to finish your project Sunday morning. Call us or see us at the Winnipeg Home and Garden Show to see what FastCover solution best fits your needs and budget for all your upcoming projects

Storage for your Tools, Gardening or Recreational Equipment

FastCovers Buildings are a great solution for storing your Gardening or Recreational Equipment. Keeping your assets out of the elements is a great way to keep them in pristine condition. Leaving valuable items such as tools, garden or recreational equipment outside makes them prone to rust, cracked hoses, warped plastic components and peeling paint. They deteriorate faster, don’t work properly and lose resale value when its time to upgrade, if left out to the elements. Call us or see us at the show to see what FastCover solution best fits your storage needs.

Call us today at 1-866-657-7172 or request a quote today. See you at Booth #1327 at the Winnipeg Home and Garden Show.

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FastCover Fabric Structures, How You Store Your Equipment is Our Business!

At FastCover, we know that you work your commercial, industrial, agricultural and recreational equipment hard! What you do with your equipment during business hours and playtime is your business! How you store your equipment is our business!

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Storing Equipment

We have been manufacturing fabric covered steel structures for decades. When you purchase your new FastCover it comes with everything you need. Our Fully Portable single and engineered truss structure FastCovers come complete with end walls, roll-up doors, all hardware and anchors to erect and mount your building to the ground. Don’t pay for optional items that are actually required to complete your project….. or worse yet, purchase a fabric building not knowing what you are really getting or whether it will survive North America’s extreme weather conditions. All FastCovers are produced in our Canadian Welding Bureau and A660 certified manufacturing facility in the center of North America. All FastCovers leave our facility completely powdercoated at our in-house powdercoat paintline. Not only do we manufacture and sell our products Factory Direct, we also provide full installation services to ensure your new FastCover looks great for many years to come to store your equipment.

Buy a FastCover! Made in Canada! Sold by Us! Installed by Us!

Contact us for a Great Deal on your new FastCover. 1-866-657-7172.