[Added a con from another thread]
We will likely be inheriting some land in the future, so we've been keeping our eye on arenas for a couple of years now.
I went to look at a horse last year and it happened to be at a stable that had a clearspan building. It was an awful day - so windy I honestly had trouble walking. We went inside this arena, and it was silent in there. And it was so bright and sunny. I likely would not have considered this before, but honestly we loved it. Honestly I think I like it better than steel buildings, just because of the bright airy feel. Made it feel bigger.
- Cheaper to build
- Can be put up yourself (not that I would do that!)
- Can be expanded in length easily. Just add more arches and fabric sections in the middle.
- Can be disassembled and moved if you move.
- Bright during the day time. Looks cute from the outside with the lights on at night too (at least in the pictures)
- Less foundation cost.
- 20 degrees warmer in winter and cooler in summer than a steel building.
- I don't know how long a steel building lasts, (as per the rep) but the fabric of clearspan has a life expectancy of 15-20 years. It costs about 10% of the building cost. The frame is more like 50 years. They boast a 0% failure rate (never had one collapse), even in 150mph hurricane zones and over 100lb snow loads. And the buildings are engineered. There was another fabric structure company that didn't properly engineer their buildings, and it was put out of business when the Dallas Cowboy's structure failed: Dallas Cowboy Stadium Collapse – Anatomy of a Gridiron collapse - Popular Mechanics
. If a tornado threw a tree into it or something, I would expect that steel would be more likely to not tear then fabric.
- Some areas might now allow it, as fabric structures are prohibited. Our county appears to prohibit it.
- The warranty is 15 years.
- Your homeowner's insurance may not cover it.
- If snow slides off in winter, shadows and noise could spook horses.