Q: What happens if power fails?
A: If power fails the structure will start to deflate. Power these days is very reliable but to add extra protection we advise splitting the fans over 3 phases or over 2 generators so the structure will stay inflated should one phase or one generator fail.
Q: What happens if it gets punctured?
A: All the structures are airflow systems which means the fans will run constant against a backpressure. All fabrics used are reinforced with nylon or polyester to stop any punctures or hole expanding. As such if there is an accidental hole made in the buildings the fans will compensate for the loss of air through the hole. Temporary patches can be applied during events and post event repairs can be made to the structure to replace small section to seem up the hole. The User’s Manual will give step-by-step detail on how this can be done.
Q: Are the fabrics fire safe?
A: We have fire ratings for most the regions throughout the world. Whilst there are different ratings we have found that the fabrics used have passed all the tests without need to change them. As such we would expect any new tests to be passed.
Please ensure any special tests required are notified prior to ordering goods. All certificates are available from Inspire Inflatables.
Q: Can they withstand heavy rain?
A: All the structures are waterproof and can withstand heavy rain as we have experienced. The air pressure within the structure repels the water away at the seams and allows it to run to the ground.
Q: What about the wind?
A: Wind calculations have been factored into the engineering of all structures. On average our structures remain stable in gusting up to 35mph. We also have a line of structures, with internal sealed air beams, that can withstand wind gusts of up to 55mph. When properly fastened to ground, and as the wind increases the structures will deflect to absorb the wind. Once the wind drops, the structures will regain form. Manuals are provided with all structures giving detailed instructions on how to deal with specific weather conditions.
Q: Does it get hot inside?
A: The structures will be affected by the outside temperature and sun. In most situations this would not become uncomfortable, however in hot conditions air-conditioning would be needed and all the structures have built in apertures to take a range of units. If specialist units are required in extreme cases we would need to make any design amends prior to production.
Q: Do you need to be an expert to use them?
A: No. All the structures come with full instructions. Training is available for your crew at our facility in New York or at your location from our experienced team.
Q: Can we have any color?
A: The most common colors used are white, black, silver and frosted. All these fabrics we hold in stock. Any special color can be made for a minimum amount of fabric production.
Q: Can I have my own design?
A:Yes. We can work with you to develop and produce any building from a brief or sketch.
Q: Can I have my logo on the building?
A: The fabric used in the construction of the buildings can be screen-printed and full color heat transferred with images or logos. Both the printing and the heat transfer must be done before production. Postproduction logos and branding can be applied as vinyl transfers or Dacron adhesive films, which can also be full, color printed.
Q: Can we use lighting inside?
A: Our structures have been used with all types of lighting from strobes, lasers, LED walls washers etc. The structures work really well with internal battern LED lights in the base of the walls as this can create a dramatic seamless lighting effect.
Q: Will they melt with lighting?
A: We do not recommend hot lights in the structures. However if this necessary we recommend the lights are a minimum of 500mm from the internal skin of the structures in all conditions.
Q: Do they come with a floor?
A: None of the structures come with a built in floor. We provide ground sheets to keep the structures clean during the set-up and breakdown. Flooring can be purchased or rented as a separate accessory with your structure. There are many different varieties available.
A: All structures come with manufacturer’s warranty and guidance notes on care, cleaning and servicing the structures.
Q: Are there any planning requirements?
A: There are no specific planning requirements to temporary buildings, but the locations and time they will be up for may require planning for some sites. Inspire Inflatables will assist where they can to help with advice on this.
Q: How long do they take to set up?
A: The set up times will vary and are indicated on the data sheets for each structure. As a guide the smaller indoor structure all take between 20-30 minutes to set up and inflate. The outdoor structures require more time to set out and fix to the ground and will take from 1 hour to be set up ready. The Inflation time of the outdoor buildings is from 20-30 minutes.
Q: Is there a helpline I can call for technical questions?
A: Yes, please feel free to call our office number 631-468-8798, during normal business hours during the week or our emergency number 646-321-1999, after hours or over the weekend.
Q: How long can you have it up for in one go?
A: The buildings are designed primarily as temporary portable spaces, however it is possible to leave the buildings up for multiple months subject to planning permission. The longer they are up the greater the level of importance to ensure the fixing and the possible need of trussing subject to the usage of the space inside.
Q: Can I rent or do you just sell?
A: We design custom structures for sale only. But we rent and sell our standard line of inflatable structures.
A: All the structures can be cleaned and the User’s Manual will explain this in more detail. We also offer in-house cleaning, repairs and maintenance at our New York facility.
Q: Do they need fan(s) to be running at all times?
A: Yes the structures are airflow and are protected by this system. Sealed air systems are available if required.
Q: Are they noisy?
A: The indoor fans run at less than 45db. The outdoor fans run at 55db standard.
Q: Securing down?
A: All outdoor structures will require to be fixed on the ground. The structures all come with webbing loops to tie to decking or ground anchors for grass. If on concrete or other hard standing ballasts can be inserted in the walls of the buildings via zips around the base.
Q: Snow loading?
A: As temporary structures they are not snow load tested. Manuals are provided with all structures giving detailed instructions on how to deal with specific weather conditions.
Q: Where can I see them?
A: Most structures can be demonstrated at our facility in New York. Appointments must be made for viewing.