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FAQ

 

1. Question:
I was wondering if these domes could be stored over the winter in Northern Canada. I am concerned about the snow fall and I have read that the domes would need to remain heated so they do not collapse from heavy snow. What are the options for storing them over the winter?
Answer:

We suggest taking the cover of the dome down for the season, if nobody is looking after the dome. Keep the cover in dry place, off the ground and in rodent free storage.

2. Question:
Hi I'm looking at living in either canvas tent, yurt or geodesic dome. How the domes compare and differ to canvas tents or yurts?
Answer: 
The main advantage of the dome structure over tens and yurts is its shape. Domes are very aerodynamic and can withstand hurricane winds without collapsing, if properly anchored. Secondly, domes are much more energy efficient as the surface and energy losses are minimal. Geodesic domes easily shed snow with help of wind. They have been used in Antarctica to protect equipment since 1971. 
3. Question:
What about in the summer or in hot climate? How do you keep them cool?
Answer:
To keep the domes cool they can be installed in the shaded area, definitely pick white cover for maximum heat reflection, add multiple vents. We also sell solar powered fans that help with air circulation inside if you off grid. Or if you have access to utilities - AC unit is also an option. Also, you may consider Thermoshield roof coat on the exterior of the dome. It helps with reflecting sun rays back away from the tent.
4. Question:
Will the dome tent keep mice and rodents out?
Answer: 
We would be not honest if we say that PVC cover will stop mice and other small wild life from entering the dome. The solution for minimizing mice problem lies in structurally raising the dome deck off the ground and limiting the possible routes of entry.  And also proper outdoors behaviour: airtight garbage disposal, cleaning up and storing food in airtight containers.
5. Question:
I wonder if the dome would require a building permit?
Answer:
Building permits and codes for geodesic domes in every state, province, city and county are different. Municipal officials have their different opinions on them. It will be your responsibility to contact your local building department and see how they interpret your dome and how the codes apply. The domes are generally known as a “semi-permanent or temporary” structures so that will give you some flexibility. We will assist you by providing any requested data on the structure that we possess.
6. Question:
What is R-Value of your Insulation layer?
Answer:
Our cloth insulation has been tested and rated in clo units, just like insulation  qualities of clothes. And the R-units apply mostly to construction materials.
But the measurement units of both clo and R are the same. So we can convert one into another. Here is a quick glance at the clo units:
CLO VALUE (ICL VALUE)

Clo value is a measure of the thermal resistance value of clothing, especially as it relates to relative human comfort within that clothing at a given set of conditions. Clo value is approximately calculated by multiplying R value by 1.136:
  • ICL = R * 1.136
    So, we have a report where a testing company measured our insulation as 3.24 clo. 
    3.24 / 1.136 = 2.85 
    The R-value equivalent is 2.85 R
    7. Question:
    What is wind and snow load of your geodesic domes?
    Answer: We have an engineering report for our most popular dome sizes 16-23ft, built with standard pipe 26mm (1"). The results of the calculations you can find here
    8. Question:
    How much is it to deliver the dome to my address?
    Answer: Delivery is included in the prices listed on our web site. The price is based on single unit purchase and only for Canada and USA continental locations (some exceptions apply). If you are looking to purchase multiple units, please contact us  for custom quote and discount information.
    9. Question:
    What is the difference if I install insulation between cover and frame or inside the frame of my dome tent? 
    Answer: Some customers like to have the dome frame exposed and seen from inside the dome. We can make insulation layer to be fitted over the metal frame. This way the customers have access to pipes to hang plants, pictures etc. 
    However, we recommend installing the insulation on the inside of the frame. It creates multiple air pockets that help keeping the indoor temperature more stable. 
    10. Question: How can I get a quote for one geodesic dome tent delivery to Canada or USA?
    Answer: You have to add all the items you plan to buy to a cart and the total is going to be your quote. Taxes apply only for Canadian deliveries.
    11. Question: How can I get a quote for multiple geodesic dome tents with delivery to Canada or USA?
    Answer: Please Contact Us for a custom quote and bulk discount estimate.
    12.  Question: How can I get a quote for one or multiple geodesic dome tents with delivery anywhere in the world?
    Answer: Please visit our World Wide Shipping page
    13.  Question: What is the warranty on the domes and components?
    Answer: Our domes (cover and frame) are covered for 24 month; all the accessories and elements are covered for 12 month form the date of delivery.
    14.  Question: What king of platform shell I build for my geodesic dome?
    Answer: Our domes have 15 heavy duty base brackets to secure you dome to a wooden deck, a concrete pad or directly to packed ground.
    We recommend building dome platforms in circular or 15-sided (pentadecagon) shape that is close to the geodesic dome base shape and size. This is necessary to prevent the rain water or melt water from getting under the dome cover inside the dome. In this case the water runs down off the cover directly on the ground.
    And if you choose to build a rectangular platform, please keep in mind that you will have to either raise indoor flooring or make a perfect cover-to-platfom seal. We provide dome base size drawings for every dome size.