Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) is a transparent extruded film, or foil, with light transmission that’s similar to glass. ETFE’s advantage lies in that it is 99 percent lighter than glass. Its lifespan is over 20 years, and it has excellent weathering properties, which makes it clear why ETFE has been used in high-profile projects and sports stadiums throughout the world.
ETFE is very versatile. It can be applied in a single-layer which is reinforced with small stainless steel cables. Lightweight aluminum extrusions are used at perimeters to stabilize the material and maintain its shape. Its application can also be in double or triple layer cushions which is supported by lightweight aluminum extrusions. Low-pressure air fills the cushions and provides structural support and thermal insulation against snow and wind. Reinforcement can be added through small cables if needed. ETFE cushions can span up to 200 feet in length, and to 15 feet in width.
ETFE offers a host of benefits when contrasted to lower-quality materials.
Structurflex has used ETFE for projects around the world, such as the canopy at KC Live! in Kansas City, Missouri and the courtyard cover at the Auckland Fish Market in Auckland, New Zealand. Our design and fabrication process in conjunction with ETFE’s superiority make ETFE systems from Structurflex an excellent choice for your project.
As part of downtown Denver’s Civic Center Station revitalization project, Structurflex has engineered, fabricated and installed three unique tensile membrane canopies with PTFE-coated fiberglass. Scheduled to open in December, the Civic Center Station is the main transportation hub for the Denver RTD (Regional Transportation District). The PTFE coated-fiberglass membrane on the roof becomes a beacon […]Structurflex Americas and Structurflex New Zealand Celebrate Ward Parkway Restaurant Pavilion Grand Opening [PHOTOS]
On October 26, Structurflex Americas celebrated the grand opening of the Ward Parkway Restaurant Pavilion. Joining the Structurflex Americas team to observe the grand opening were Structurflex New Zealand’s Murray Higgs, Director, and Simon Higgs, Managing Director. The unseasonably warm and sunny day allowed guests to experience firsthand the solar glare and heat reduction provided […]