Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) provides uncompromised and unequalled beauty, longevity, and functionality when it comes to tension fabrics and is the most durable membrane used in tensile membrane systems. It’s comprised of a woven glass fiber base fabric which is covered with PTFE. Environmental contaminants and ultraviolet light don’t affect the membrane, and it’s fire resistant. PTFE’s lifespan consistently reaches more than 30 years.


PTFE stands the test of time. It was invented in 1938 when Roy Plunkett worked for DuPont in New Jersey. He accidentally discovered the material when he was trying to make a chlorofluorocarbon refrigerant and the tetrafluoroethylene gas in an iron pressure bottle stopped flowing before the bottle emptied. Plunkett sawed the bottle in half and found a white, waxy, slippery material. Analysis revealed that it was polymerized perfluoroethylene, and Kinetic Chemicals patented the new material in 1941.


PTFE is extremely versatile. Since PTFE’s discovery, it has been used for aerospace, computer, and construction applications. Structurflex used PTFE coated fabric on the Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the Denver Union Station in Denver, Colorado.


PTFE-coated fiberglass is the perfect material for many projects. It is translucent, but still screens out ultraviolet rays and excess heat. The membrane allows natural light to reach the people below it, and because PTFE-coated fiberglass is so transparent, it can become a stage for beautiful and dramatic lighting effects. Your project is ultimately about the people it serves, and PTFE will provide that service for years to come.

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Canopy Installed at Denver Civic Center Station

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 […]

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