An Introduction to Able Canopies

Tensile Fabric Structures

Tensile Fabric Structures

Our range of high quality waterproof tensile fabric structures are perfect for outdoor classrooms, student social areas, play areas, walkways, al fresco dining areas and for creating covered car parking.

Our tensile fabric structure range includes cantilever structures, umbrellas and  free standing tensile canopies. Able Canopies are committed to providing you with the perfect outdoor cover solution through our wide range of standard tensile structures, along with a bespoke Design & Build service. 



Tensile fabric structures offer many benefits, such as high UV protection, 100% waterproofing and high durability. They are a stylish alternative to a polycarbonate roofed canopy and create a stunning architectural feature to an area.  With 40 fabric colours to choose from, and the option to colour the steel frame of the structure too, you have complete freedom to create the colour combination you desire, with the reassurance that our fabric's exceptional dimensional stability will ensure the fabric holds its shape for many years to come.

For complete quality assurance, all our fabric structures are installed by our fully trained and DBS checked fitting teams who have installed thousands of canopies and shelters at schools, nurseries, and commerical properties across the UK. 

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Ulverston Umbrella
Ulverston Umbrella The Ulverston is a waterproof permanent umbrella structure that is covered with the finest waterproof tensile fabric and is supported by a robust tubular steel post. This canopy structure is ideal for many organisations including schools, colleges, universities, retail and the hospitality industry...
Blenheim Umbrella
Blenheim Umbrella The Blenheim Umbrella is a cost effective, high strength shade structure that can be opened and closed as and when required. It is perfect for creating shade and shelter for many organisations including schools, pubs & restaurants...
Keswick Cantilever Umbrella
Keswick Cantilever Umbrella The Keswick Cantilever Umbrella is a permanent waterproof umbrella structure which is ideal for many applications such as covered outdoor picnic and seating areas within the education, retail and hospitality sectors
Dallington Square Umbrella
Dallington Square Umbrella The Dallington Square Umbrella is a permanent free standing umbrella structure that is ideal for use as a sheltered seating or picnic area. It is supported by a robust, tubular steel post and is covered with waterproof tensile fabric which is available in 40 vibrant and contemporary colours...
Kendal
Kendal The Kendal is a free standing cantilevered canopy structure which is constructed from a robust steel frame and is covered with waterproof tensile fabric which is available in 40 contemporary and vibrant colours. The smooth, modern look of this canopy will help to create a modern feel to your environment...
Codale Conic
Codale Conic The Codale Conic Tensile Fabric Structure is a cost effective fabric free standing canopy which is covered with waterproof tensile fabric and is constructed from a robust galvanised steel frame, making this canopy ideal for many applications within the education, leisure, retail and healthcare industries...
Codale Junior
Codale Junior The Codale Junior is a cost effective tensile fabric canopy, it is supported by a strong steel frame that can be powder coated in a choice of lively and soft colours.
Windsor
Windsor The Windsor is a strong steel canopy that is covered with high strength tensile fabric that is waterproof and offers high UV protection.
Evershade
Evershade The Evershade is an elegant waterproof fabric structure that has a modern curve to the fabric and can be supplied in a range of colours.
Drayton Umbrella
Drayton Umbrella The Drayton is a classic centre mast telescopic umbrella with state-of-the-art gearbox providing maximum stability, functionality and durability; is available in three shapes: round, square and rectangular and can cover areas from 4 to 27 square metres.
Richmond Jumbrella
Richmond Jumbrella The Richmond umbrella has been designed for exposed and windy locations with a telescopic system and state-of-the-art gearbox. It has reinforced arms and is operated by crank handle or crank pin. Available in 3 shapes: round, square and rectangular, it can cover areas from 7 to 50 square metres.

If you have any questions, or to find out if you qualify for a Free Site Survey
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Recent Tensile Fabric Canopy Case Study

Blackpool Centre for Independent Living - Tensile Fabric Canopy

Blackpool Centre for Independent Living

The Blackpool Centre for Independent Living required
a sheltered seating area within the grounds of their
centre in Blackpool which provides support to people
with disabilities.

Read more: Blackpool Centre for Independent Living

Benefits of a Tensile Fabric Structure

  • Attractive, Sleek Finish – Our tensile fabric structures have attractive, sleek appearances which creates striking, features of your shade and shelter structure
  • Fully Waterproof - Covered with fully waterproof tensile fabric
  • Strong Fabric - Our Tensile fabric has an unmatched strength with a weight of 590 g/sqm
  • Wide range of colours – The fabric is available in 40 colours including bright, vibrant colours to mellow, calming colours
  • High UV Protection – Offers high UV protection from the sun's harmful UV ray's
  • Easy to maintain and clean - Ease of maintenance with a consistently smooth appearance
  • Robust permanent structures – All structures are strong designs that are made to last for many years to come
  • Flame Resistant - The Fabric has a 10 year warranty that it will remain flame retardant for that period of time
  • 5 Year guarantee - The fabric comes with a 5 year guarantee and a life expectancy of 10 - 15 years

Why Choose Able Canopies?

Able Canopies have been supplying and installing canopies for over 15 years and has extensive experience within the industry. We are committed to ensuring all customers are fully satisfied with the service and product received from us.

Our tensile structures are covered with the highest grade tensile fabric that is flame resistant, fully waterproof and has a 5 year guarantee. They are permanent structures that are safe to be left outside in all weather conditions and protects those underneath from the rain and sun.

All of our products are installed by our fully trained installation teams that are all DBS checked and are therefore safe to work around young children and vulnerable adults. Our aim is always to install the canopy with minimum disruption to the running of your normal day and we will always leave the site clean and tidy when we leave.


Tensile Fabric Structures FAQ's

Q. Are they waterproof?
A. Yes our Tensile Fabric Structures are completely waterproof structures perfect for outdoor classrooms, play areas, walkways, al fresco dining, waiting areas and for creating covered car parking. They will not absorb moisture and are designed to perform well in all weather conditions.

Q. What colours can I choose for the fabric?
A. The fabric is available in 40 colours including metallic finishes ensuring there is a colour option for everyone.

Q. Can we take them down at the end of the day?
A. Our fabric structures are permanent structures. They are designed specifically to be left outdoors 365 days a year and will not need re-tensioning.

Q. Why do the structures not need re-tensioning? 
A. The structures do not need re-tensioning as they are installed at high tension. Stainless steel cables are used around the edge of the structure to prevent sagging.

Q. Can we attach the fabric to our own installed posts?
A.The posts are professionally engineered and so we cannot normally attach the fabric to existing posts.

Q. Do they give us much protection from the sun?
A. During manufacture, a thick surface coating is put over the material which gives approximately 99% UV protection.

Q. What is the typical price of a tensile fabric structure?
A. All our products are bespoke so please call us to discuss your requirements. You can also take advantage of our free site survey where one of our experienced surveyors can discuss with you your requirements. Please call us on 0800 389 9072.

Q. Do you offer supply only?
A. We can provide a supply only service  on the Ulverston umbrella, please contact us for more details

Q. How long does it take to install the tensile structure?
The installation can take from one to two days depending on the size of the structure.

Q. How are the tensile structures installed?
A. The posts are specially engineered to carry the weight of the fabric. Concrete is first poured into newly excavated holes. Once this has set the posts can be bolted to a mesh layer which is put on top of the concrete. Once the posts are installed, the waterproof fabric can then be attached to the posts and tensioned using stainless steel cables and tensioned plates. This makes them an extremely strong commercial system.

Q. What is your lead time?
A. As we manufacture our products, our usual lead times are six to eight weeks. The school summer holidays are our busiest period but we will always endeavour to get your canopy installed at a time most suitable for you.

Q. Will we need planning consent?
A. You need to contact your local council to find out if you require planning permission or building regulations. We do offer help with planning. Please contact us for your free planning guide.

Q. Have you installed in my area?
A. We have installed thousands of shade sails, canopies and shelters across the UK. To see installations in your area visit our Installation gallery.

Q. Do you have any measures to prevent people climbing the posts?
A. We can supply and install anti climb cones which are steel strips which point downwards preventing people climbing the posts. Click here to view our Anti Climb Cones

Q. How do we maintain our tensile fabric structure?
A. To maintain your tensile fabric structure, we recommend that you periodically clean the roof with a solution of warm water and a non-abrasive cleaner.

Q. Can a tensile fabric structure be moved after installation?
A. Yes, the relocation would be charged at an installation only price, but it is possible to move the structure to a different location.

Q. Does the price include installation?
A. Yes. The price we quote you includes installation, concrete base and making good around the posts after excavations.

Q. Will I be harassed by sales people?
A. We do not employ commission driven sales people so you will not get hounded with telephone calls. What we do promise, is to contact you once we have sent your quote out to ensure you have everything you need.

Q. Will I be getting value for money?
A. With our tensile fabric structure you get excellent value for your money. We provide a system which offers quality and longevity at excellent value.

Q. How much disruption will you cause during the installation of the tensile fabric structure?
A. We aim to make the minimum disruption to your site during the installation and we will always leave the site clean and tidy upon completion.

Q. Are your workforce DBS checked?
A. Yes our surveyors and fitting teams are all DBS checked.

Do you do the groundworks for the posts?
Yes. The price we quote you includes installation and making good around the posts after excavations. 

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