Benefits and Advantages
The concrete dome's free span construction imparts the ultimate flexibility for
architectural design. It is ideally suited for large-scale structures such as auditoriums,
schools, athletic facilities, arenas, stadiums, gym or gymnasiums, convention halls,
churches, stores, shops, and warehouses, including freezer operations.
Domes offer an exceptional alternative to conventional square design. The customer
has complete freedom in the size and layout of the rooms, and number of openings.
Construction is quick regardless of weather.
Insulated concrete domes offer superb energy efficiency. Heating and cooling a dome
typically costs 1/4 to 1/2 less than a conventional building the same size. This
cost savings has to do with how the dome is constructed. Sprayed polyurethane foam
and the thermal mass of the concrete combined create an R value of 50-60 with extremely
low air filtration.
Most of the materials used to construct a dome are non-flammable and safe enough
in some architectural structures to be approved for construction without the installation
of a fire sprinkler system. Low maintenance is also a quality of a Monolithic Dome.
Snow and water inflict relatively little stress on the exterior of a dome since
its' shape sheds water quickly. Leaks are rare compared to conventional dome structures
and are easily repaired.
Because of the Monolithic Dome's inherent strength, they are able to withstand the
forces of nature with no structural damage. A Monolithic Dome is easily able to
withstand winds of 150 MPH, as it allows winds to pass around it, eliminating serious
pressure build up. Most conventional structures are unable to endure the forces
of a hurricane or tornado. The Monolithic dome has proven its strength and durability.
Where seismic events are a concern, domes are a choice to be recognized. These safe
and durable structures are a good choice for all types of architectural needs.