Steel Framework – Signature uses only the highest quality high strength structural steel in our manufacturing process. Combine this with the superior galvanizing protection or epoxy paint and you get a modular building able to withstand the harshest of industrial environments and weather conditions. Many of our competitors offer a pre-galvanized tube steel product, while Signature prefers a rectangular box beam.
Steel Coating Process – Signature uses a post-dip galvanizing or epoxy painted process to ensure the greatest steel protection.
- Post-Dip Galvanizing: This means that after all of our metal components are bent, laser cut, drilled or welded into their final configuration, they are hot dipped into molten galvanizing vats. Holes are pre drilled in the webbing for drainage and to allow the galvanizing to reach inside the webbing. This coats all the welds, both the interior and exterior of all the tubing with a uniform layer of corrosion protection. The industry quantifies this layer as 6mil thick.
- It creates a far superior layer of protection when compared to using pre-galvanized steel tubing. When pre-galvanized steel is welded, the interior corrosion protection is damaged from the heat. This creates numerous small defects in the layer of protection inside the steel tubing. These defects corrode and eventually degrade the strength of the structure. The benefit of using the Post Hot Dip method of corrosion protection is the elimination of a potential corrosion problem, the extended life of the structure, and a better warranty. Our steel can also be re-dipped without sandblasting or fear of warping.
- Epoxy Coating: Our commitment to quality continues with the application of Tikkurila Coatings on our structural steel, after the metal components are fabricated into the final configuration. In this process, the metal components are fabricated, laser cut, drilled, and welded; sandblasted smooth; painted with Temacoat BH, TemaZinc, and 77 & 99 Primer; and finished with epoxy coatings of TemaCoat BH, Temacoat HB 30, Temador and Temathane. Pre-drilled Holes allow the primer and epoxy coatings to create a uniform layer of corrosion protection on the interior and exterior of the structural steel. During the application, all surfaces are dried and sandblasted smooth in optimum ambient air conditions. Quality is ensured with compliance to ISO 8501-1 standards – a sandblast grade of Sa2½. Adhesion is further increased when optimum sandblast levels are unattainable by phosphating. Epoxy Paint is the most widely commissioned coating used to protect structural materials for bridges, skyscrapers and maritime projects. Epoxy Paint is used on a variety of metal and concrete materials to protect and decorate. Epoxy Painted surfaces have excellent resistance to chemical, mechanical and climatic stress. They can also have special properties, such as electrical conductivity and fire retardation. Standard color choices are black, grey and tan with custom colors available upon request. The positive impact epoxy coats have on man-made environments proves Signature’s commitment to supplying high-performance, environmentally compliant products.
Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) Membrane – Signature uses the highest quality membrane available on the market. The weight and type of membrane depends on the design requirements for the project. All membranes are composed of high strength polyester yarn covered with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and impregnated with a protective top coat.
Architectural fabrics are exposed to an incredible amount of abuse including smog, UV light, abrasive dirt, wind and snow. Without the right protection, appearance and performance characteristics can degrade rapidly. UV light and heat from the sun stimulates the migration of plasticizers out of the fabric resulting in a loss of flexibility and strength. Dirt and chemical exposure affect appearance by causing staining and discoloration. For this reason, Signature protects the PVC with a Poly Vinyl Diflouride (PVDF) coating. The PVDF top finish is very important to membrane performance saving thousands of dollars on lower maintenance costs, longer life fabrics and greater customer satisfaction.
Membranes are offered in a wide variety of colors with custom colors also available.
In addition, Signature uses the same membrane on the end walls as on the main building.
Customization – Signature offers a variety of fabric colors complete with customer logos. In addition, our specialty truss system allows for the integration of custom brick, steel and glass facades.
Maintenance Workshops – Upon structure completion, Signature teaches a maintenance workshop to building owners and maintenance crew on basic structure maintenance and repairs.
Refurbish and Retrofit Program – Signature has built a division of our company dedicated to refurbishing our competitors’ structures. Sadly, some of our competitors leave their clients high and dry to figure out structural problems, a situation is all too common in the industry.
Project Management Solutions – Signature offers construction management services ranging from structure design and installation to complete turnkey solutions. Project Management packages include but are not limited to soils analysis, surveying, civil and electrical work, and custom integration.
Warranty – Signature offers a 15 year membrane and steel warranty. It is important to note that the warranty is 100% coverage for the first ten years. All cost associated with a failure are covered within the warranty. Signature is the only industry supplier to offer this full coverage.
What are the benefits of a fabric building over a steel building?
- Relocatable. If the company moves, the structure can be transported to the new location or sold as a tangible asset.
- Clear-span. The structure does not require the use of support posts, allowing for more storage and field play.
- Foundation Requirements. The structure can be installed on several different types of foundations and in some cases require little to no excavation.
- Tax Benefits and Write-off Potential.
- Manufactured and Installed Quicker.
- Temporary Use. A structure can be used as a temporary venue and removed so as to return the environment to its original condition.
- Easier and Cheaper to Repair.