How long will
the cover last?
cover has UV inhibitors that protect the cover from the
harmful sunlight. If the cover is kept tight (done easily
using ratchets that keep the cover taut) 20 years is a very
reasonable life expectancy. Early covers were made of 6 oz
material and there are many of them still in use that are 20
years old. New buildings come standard with a 12 oz cover.
Why is a
canvas building better?
interior environment of the canvas building makes it a great
building for many uses. Natural lighting, clear span
construction, airy environment, and long life are just a few
reasons to choose a Winkler Canvas structure. Imagine never
again turning a light on in the daytime and never having dark
shadows or corners to contend with! People and animals are
more comfortable in a Winkler Canvas building that is cooler
in the summer, warmer in the winter, and more pleasing year
does it cost to replace the cover?
the cover costs between 15% and 20% of the cost of the
building kit. For example, a 50’ x 98’ barn kit is $25,800
and the replacement cover for that barn is $4400. Generally,
the cover costs about 10% of the cost of the finished building
when all costs are accounted for.
How often do
I have to tighten the cover?
Normally you will have to tighten the cover once about a year
after it is installed. Once the “stretch” is out of the
cover material it won’t need to be tightened again. And
tightening is easy as well. Even covers on huge buildings can
be tightened in about half an hour.
Do you have
buildings that aren’t so tall?
strength of the arch comes from the height. If we were to make
a flatter arch it would need to be much heavier and therefore
be much more expensive. Don’t think of it as space you
don’t need ….think of it as space that you have if you
ever do need it!!! And that height will aid in the ventilation
and airiness of your Winkler Canvas building as well.
Do you have
Our frames are warranted for 5 years against defects in
materials and workmanship and the covers have a 15 year
pro-rated warranty against deterioration. It does not cover
physical damage or weather damage beyond normal expected
Canvas structures have engineering stamps?
Canvas truss building can be engineered for your local
building codes if required for a small additional fee. Single
pipe buildings cannot be engineered where local jurisdictions
require stamped drawings. Our truss buildings are designed by
engineers to meet building codes over most of North America,
and in extreme cases we can alter our basic design to meet
local requirements. In 25 years of manufacturing truss
buildings Winkler Canvas has never had a frame failure due to
snow, ice or wind (except for tornados), and we are working
hard to maintain our perfect record.
If I get a
hole in the cover can you fix it?
can. Your local dealer can heat-weld a patch that is as strong
as the original cover. Also, we have “stick-on” patches
that can be applied by the owner, as well.
do the buildings come in?
buildings range from 12’ to 130’ wide by whatever length
you need. We pride ourselves on have the ability to have a
building to fit your needs. While we have standard widths, we
can usually find a way to fit a building to your specific
needs. Buildings can be any length provided that they are at
least square. In other words, a 50 foot wide building needs to
be at least 50’ long to maintain structural integrity.
I have a
windy location. Will it stand up to the wind?
properly installed our covers should not move except in the
most extreme wind conditions. If you see the cover flap even
slightly in a normal “March wind” then it probably needs
to be tightened. Our truss buildings typically are engineered
to a 90 MPH wind load, and canvas buildings originated in the
upper mid-west portion of North America, one of the windiest
places in the world.
can I get?
We have a
full range of colors to choose from. Most customers choose
white for the predominant color of the main cover due to its
superior light transmitting and heat reflecting properties.
However, we can mix and match other colors for stripes,
endwalls, doors, etc. Available colors include white, green,
blue, tan, red, and silver.
Can I put it
half of the buildings we sell are customer installed,
especially the smaller structures. Most people with at least
some construction experience can erect the kits without any
problems. It requires simple hand tools such as wrenches and
drills, and a basic knowledge of what the final product should
look like. We are available to provide technical assistance if
needed and have directed many customers through problems over
What can I
use it for?
canvas buildings are extremely versatile and can be utilized
for almost any non-heated application. The height of the
structures assures good ventilation if steps are taken in the
design of the building to allow hot air to escape out the top
of the building, and the translucent cover allows superior
natural lighting without the expense of electric lights.
Popular applications include animal housing, arenas, storage
including agricultural, industrial and commercial, protected
workspaces, and commercial and public pavilions.