Equine Riding Arenas Webinar
Questions & Answers
- Do I have to have the site prepped before construction or do you have a crew that can do that?
We will do everything except the site excavation. That is something you will need to do yourself or with a local contractor, but we can give you some recommendations on the site prep. We usually like to construct these buildings a little bit above grade for drainage purposes. We can discuss with you how large of an area needs to be excavated and what else will be necessary based on the building you purchase and how it will be anchored.
- If I build the structure onto a concrete pony wall, is there any way to cover or cushion the wall to make it safer for the horses and riders?
Yes, many people build a post and rail fence on the inside of the structure against the concrete wall to provide a little extra protection and add clearance on the sidewall for riding. We also have materials such as PolyMax® that you can put up against it. If you are concerned about a concrete wall, we have many other foundation options including wooden posts, helical pile anchors, concrete piers and more. Our goal is to build the riding arena of your dreams. Let us know what you are looking for in a riding arena and we can make it happen.
- Do you sell the helical anchors, and if so, what is the cost per anchor?
Yes, we sell the helical anchors. If that is the foundation choice you choose, the anchors come with the building. As far as pricing goes, the cost per anchor really depends upon the size of the building and how many anchors you will need. For example, the anchors on a typical 65' wide building will cost approximately $500 per anchor.
- What is the projected price per square foot of a fabric cover replacement?
It depends on the size of your building. A replacement cover costs approximately 20% of the overall cost of the building itself. This cost includes the cover and the labor to install it.
- Can we brand these with our logos?
Yes, we can print your logo or text on the cover. Give us a call and we can talk about your options and show you examples of what some of our customers have done.
- Does the fabric get dirty or stained? If so how do you clean it?
There is no real issue with the fabric getting stained or dirty because it is treated with UV inhibitors. Nothing sticks to the material easily and the covers don't absorb moisture, so it's difficult for anything to get on there and penetrate the material enough to cause a stain. The cover can sometimes get dirty, especially if it's in a dusty area, but it is easily cleaned with water. Most of the time, the building is cleaned naturally when it rains. If there is residual dirt after a rainstorm, all you need to do is spray it down with a hose.
- In the event of a tear, who makes the repairs and does it affect the integrity of the structure or the warranty?
It depends on the severity of the tear. If it is a small tear, we have Fabric Repair Tape that is very easy to use. All you need to do is cover the tear and it will hold up for the life of the cover. As long as you repair tears in the cover, they won't affect the integrity of the building. The steel trusses are what support the building and minor tears are not a major concern. As far as the warranty, it depends on the tear. Under normal conditions, you shouldn't have to worry about any tears in the cover. We look at each claim on a case-by-case basis. If the tear occurred due to an issue with the fabric, it is something that we will cover and come out to take care of it free of charge. The majority of tears, unless caused by an act of god, are covered under our warranty.
- Does the summer heat in Florida affect the longevity of the fabric?
Our covers are made of high-quality rip-stop polyethylene that is UV resistant. Even in the most blazing sun, the cover will last a minimum of 15 years. The warranty on our fabric cover lasts 15 years. We have seen covers last as long as 20 years. Our covers have UV inhibitors built in.
- I saw some applications that appear to be open ended. Do you install a lot of these? What is the advantage?
We install a lot of open ended arenas and there are some good advantages. For one, without adding end walls you will save a bit on the cost of the building. A lot of people like it just for the air flow. Some people, especially in southern states, don't want the whole arena covered. They want the air flow coming through and are really looking to just keep the rain off. Some people like to use an open ended structure over their arena. They may have a large outdoor arena and only want it partially covered. An open-ended structure is also easy to add on to. Some people don't know how long of a building they want and so they leave it open ended to have the flexibility of adding on to it later.
- Can the sides be rolled up for air flow in the summer and rolled down in the winter?
Yes, we do offer a package for roll-up sides. It is definitely an option. Some people like to make the building more like a pavilion in the summer, with open ends and roll-up sides, to get the air flow from all four sides.
- What are the wind ratings of these buildings?
We design these buildings to withstand wind loads of up to 140 or 150 mph. We have a building in Miami Dade County, Florida, which has the highest wind loads in the country and we engineered a building to withstand it. We can engineer these buildings up to hurricane-force winds if necessary.
- Is there an issue with snow building up on top of these structures?
Snow buildup is not a concern. We engineer these buildings to meet local wind and snow-load ratings and to the standards of the International Building Code. Snow has a hard time accumulating on these structures due to the height and angle of the sides, snow either slides off or is blown off by the wind. If you get a large storm, you will see snow buildup on the structure, but they are built to withstand it. We engineer these buildings with the worst case scenario in mind.
- Is there an issue with ice loading on these buildings?
There is not. On top of engineering for snow load ratings, we also factor in ice buildup, hail and pressure from precipitation like rain or sleet.
- What are my options for making the building visually attractive?
We have several different options when it comes to making these buildings visually attractive. You can choose the foundation, anything from helical anchors to wooden pony walls. There are also a few trim packages and building color options. We can even have a logo or custom graphic printed onto the fabric. We custom design all of our structures for each customer and can accommodate your specific needs.
Climate Control and Lighting
- What is the best method of heating these structures in the winter, if necessary?
A lot of times, heating is not necessary in these buildings because they tend to stay a lot warmer inside during cold weather. If heating is necessary, we like to use infrared heaters in either propane or natural gas. These heaters heat up objects, unlike forced hot air. There is a lot of volume inside of these structures because of the ceiling height. It is much easier to heat up objects instead of the air. The objects will radiate heat. Radiant heaters are the best choice in these buildings.
- Are fans needed during the summer?
We install fan packages in a lot of these arenas just to help circulate the air, but many people will just open the doors to get air flow through the building. If you are in an area where it gets very warm, like down south, ceiling fans are a good option to circulate the air and help keep the building cooler.
- Do I need additional lighting for the evening?
Yes, you will need lighting inside the building during the evening and at night. You don't need a lot of lights because the fabric is very reflective so a couple of lights will go a long way.
- What sort of maintenance is involved over the lifetime of these buildings?
The most important thing is maintaining and tightening the ratchets on the cover. You will usually need to tighten them two or three times a year. As long as your ratchets are tight, your building will be sturdy and functioning properly.
- How far off the ground are the ratchets placed?
The ratchets are placed where the fabric cover meets the foundation and most of the time they are within reach from the ground. If you mount your structure onto a 6' pony wall, you may need a ladder, but generally the ratchets are easy to reach and in less than an hour, you can tighten all of them. Once we install your building, our construction crew will walk you through the process before they leave the site to make sure you are prepared.
- Do you hire someone to tighten the ratchets or can it be done yourself?
That is something that you can do. There is minimal maintenance on these structures. Our construction crew will walk you through all aspects of maintenance on the building before they leave. We also provide you a document explaining maintenance procedures and how to do them. If you prefer, we can send someone out to do it, but most customers feel comfortable doing it on their own. You can always call us with questions; we are always available to help out.
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