Type 4 –

ETFE FOIL/FILM

Type 4A – Waterproof ETFE Foil/Film

Main Benefits:

  • Applications: This material type is an economical alternative to glass structures, glass façade screens, or fully enclosed thermal translucent enclosures.
  • Cost: ($$+) Most cost-effective waterproof screening material
  • Ventilation: 0% open / 100% solid (non-ventilated)
  • Colors: Clear, Fritted Clear or Opaque White and/or Custom Tint (Certain Materials Only)

Additional Information:

  • Fire Rating: Passes ASTM E-84 Class “A”
  • Warranty: up to 10-year warranty on selected products
  • Geography: Works well in a variety of climates

What is What Is ETFE (Foil/Film): 

Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) is a fluorine-based plastic polymer that offers a creative and lightweight alternative to glass. Developed over 40 years ago, ETFE has a similar light transmission to glass, but at just 1% of the weight. With a lifespan of over 30 years and excellent weathering properties, ETFE film is becoming the material of choice for outdoor and outdoor/indoor spaces in a variety of climates. 

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