ClearSpan Salt Storage Buildings
Questions & Answers
- On average, how long does it take for a building to be delivered?
It varies throughout the year, but if you are planning on buying one of these structures, let us know so we can put you on the schedule and get your building to you when you need it. On average, it takes about 90 days for lead time to manufacture and ship. Lead time can vary depending on the current demand and on where you're located.
- Do you offer installation services?
We offer a three-option installation service. Option one being we erect your entire building for you. We coordinate a construction team to be at your facility at the time of delievery or shortly after and provide all the necessary equipment to install your building and then remove all equipment from the site after completion. Option two is you hire your own contractor or install yourself and we can provide one of our project managers to direct your crew and assist. The final option, number three is if you choose to install the structure completely on your own or hire a ClearSpan non-affiliate contractor.
- Can these buildings be insulated?
These buildings can be insulated. We install the insulation in between the rafters. A lot of times, people do not want to see the exposed insulation so they add a second cover to the inside. One of the great things about our buildings is that they can be insulated and still deliver natural daytime lighting.
- What keeps my building secure?
We have several different anchoring systems for all types of foundations, including soil anchors, mounting feet for concrete or wood pillars. We will be able to make sure that your building will stay put. Our covers are secured in place by our unique ratchet system that will keep your cover tight to the frame.
- What kind of foundation work is required?
One of the great things about our buildings is that we can put them on any level surface. We can mount these buildings directly into soil with our Helical Anchoring System, onto wooden or concrete posts and more. The amount of foundation work required is really up to you and what will work for your specific application.
- What sort of maintenance is involved over the lifespan of these structures?
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 long will the fabric cover last?
The cover will last between 15 and 20 years. Our 12.5 oz. material is made of rip-stop polyethylene and is extremely durable. The only thing that breaks it down is UV exposure. In areas where the building is baking in the sun all day, the cover will last closer to 15 years, however, if the building is in a shaded area or where the sun isn't as strong, the cover will last 20 to 25 years. Even if your cover gets torn, the hole will not get bigger and it can easily be repaired with our Fabric Repair Tape.
- How much does it cost to replace the cover?
The cover costs about 10% to 15% of the total cost of the building.
- Is ClearSpan using third-party installation providers, or do you send out your own crew?
We have five or six crews in-house out of Dyersville, IA, and I am aware of four additional crews that we use as third-party installers. It depends on the location and on-site requirements for OSHA, and MSHA training. We mainly use our in-house crews for specific proposals that require that type of training.
- Are you able to expand on the buildings in the future?
Our structures are very modular in nature, so being able to add building length down the road is very simple. As long as expansion is considered when determining where to install the building on your property we can just extend right off the end of the building.
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