PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, represent the baseline industry standard for structural fabric construction since the early 1960s. Commonly coated with a protective acrylic or PVDF top coat, this extremely versatile fabric material is fully color printable, carries an expected design life from 10 to 20 years, and is available with inherent light transmission levels ranging from high translucency to total opacity.
Due to its lightweight nature and ability to span long distances, PVC membranes offer substantial cost savings versus traditional construction materials. In its natural brilliant white state, this flexible structural fabric significantly reduces net radiant heat retention, making it ideal where cooler interior temperatures are desired all while providing natural daylighting underneath.
PVC membranes are produced as a solid fabric providing protection from the environment, or in a mesh for shading purposes and commonly used in tensile façade projects where natural ventilation is key for such applications as parking garages.
Due to its thermoplastic nature, PVC, may be heated to a semi-solid state for UV light inhibitor and anti-soiling fungicide infusion. Multiple sheets of this amazing fabric can be overlain and permanently bonded together during fabrication through the use of weldable seam technology. When subsequently cooled to room temperature, a continuous membrane with seams stronger than the fabric itself will have been created. PVC membrane is a fully recyclable, zero-waste industrial product. All remnants and miscellaneous cuttings resulting from the normal manufacturing or fabrication process can be melted back down for reproduction.
Lastly, PVC membrane is fire resistant and meets numerous energy code standards, including those set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.