Material Choices

By: Elizabeth Horsfall

Posted on: 2017-11-20

There are different types of materials that can be used in the construction of fabric façades. Some of the most common ones are mentioned below.

Vinyl Coated Polyester (PVC)

In general, PVC is the most cost-effective material to be used as fabric façades. This is true whether they will be installed as temporary or permanent structures or used as warehouse divider walls. There are many characteristics of PVC which makes them appealing to property owners. Firstly, they are less expensive compared to other types of materials which are used as fabric façades. Secondly, they come in a variety of colours and textures, which means that there is surely one that will complement the exterior colours and design of your property.

One of the most important reason though as to why they are popular choices is because of their ability to withstand humid weather conditions and still prevent the growth of mould and mildew. This is mainly because of the top coating that is applied to the PVC fabric. There are several types of solutions which are used as top coating for PVC namely: acrylic, polyurethane-acrylic, PVDF coats and PVF film lamination. This coating also helps to prevent staining and streaking in the long run. When cared for properly, PVC fabric façades can last for up to 20 years, with some lasting for even longer periods. Take note that when you choose to use PVC for your fabric façades, periodic tensioning is required.

Teflon Coated Fiberglass (PTFE)

Teflon coated fiber glass or PTFE is another popular material of choice when it comes to the construction of fabric façades. They are most popular though with large-scale and permanent structures. There are several features of PTFE which makes them perfect as fabric façades. For one, they are strong and durable and can withstand strong winds and inclement weather. Second, they have good chemical resistance properties which makes them capable of standing against acid rain. If you choose to make use of high quality PTFE for your fabric façade, you can expect them to have a service life of more than 25 or 30 years.

Ethylene Tetraflouroethylene (ETFE)

Unlike the other materials mentioned, ethylene tetraflouroethylene (ETFE) is not a type of fabric. Instead, it is a type of film and is used mainly as an alternative to structural glass. There are two different ways that they are used or installed. First, they are installed as single layer membrane, with supports consisting of a cable net system. Second, they can be installed as multi-layer foils or cushions. This type of installation is attached and supported by aluminum perimeter extrusions and a main structural frame. Take note that ETFE is a transparent material and thus allows light to pass through most easily. However, this can be easily remedied by having graphics applied on the film to reduce its transparency.

High-density Polytehylene (HDPE)

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is a mesh material, and is a very versatile material as it can be used for various applications aside from being a fabric façade like temporary storage structures and the likes. Many people love using this materials because it comes in an array of styles and colours. However, the features of this material that attracts people to use them are the shade factor and high UV absorption and stability. When cared for properly, HDPE façades can last for up to 10 years.

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Fabric façades brings a lot of benefits to the properties they are installed in. They not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of the building, but also helps to improve its efficiency. When planning to have fabric façades installed, be sure to consider it early in the design and planning stages. Take note though that this does not mean that you cannot have them installed on completed buildings. Even if it is installed later, it can still bring numerous benefits to the property.

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