Inflatable / February 4, 2019 / Iva Gabriaux
Inflatables came very much into the public eye as architectural and domestic object when synthetic material became commonplace. Iconic structures like the US Pavillion on the 1970 Osaka Expo by Davis and Brody and Victor Lundys travelling pavillion for that Atomic Energy Commission popularized the idea that inflatables can be a way to build large structures with very extendend interior spans without pillars. These nice hopes for inflatable structures would later be dashed by the many practical difficulties faced by inflatable buildings such as climatization safety sensitivity to wind and fire proofing that currently restrict their use to very particular circumstances.
All it requires is a prime location a large indoor space and a series of inflatables to fill the space. Because of its indoor nature these companies dont experience the same problems with sun damage and accidental punctures that outdoor rental companies face. However with constant use comes typical wear and tear so be prepared to have backup inflatables for replacements while used inflatables are patched and repaired. Also the cost of a large enough rental space will be rather high as well as the cost of utilities and maintenance. So as you can see there are four main options if you want to start an inflatables business.
The planning dependence upon an indoor pocket of gas leads to a necessity for a really durable surface material and/or simple repair of tears and holes on the material since a puncture or tear will result within the escape of the gas inside (a leak) and also the deflation of the inflatable which depends upon the gass pressure to hold its form. Detectable leaks can be caused by holes (from punctures or tears) on the material the separating of seams the separating of valve components or an improperly close or improperly closing valve. Even if an inflatable possesses no macroscopic leaks the gas inside will usually diffuse out of the inflatable albeit at a much slower rate until equilibrium is reached while using pressure outside the inflatable.