Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coated fiberglass is the most durable membrane used in tensile membrane systems. Comprised of a woven glass fiber base fabric covered with Teflon®, PTFE coated fiberglass provides uncompromised and unequalled beauty, longevity, and functionality when it comes to tension fabrics. PTFE was developed by DuPont in 1938 and has been used in building applications since the 1970s.
What is PTFE coated fiberglass used for?
PTFE coated fiberglass offers a variety of benefits ranging from its durability to its superior safety features.
Durability benefits of PTFE coated fiberglass
Environmental benefits of PTFE coated fiberglass
Lighting benefits of PTFE coated fiberglass
Maintenance benefits of PTFE coated fiberglass
Safety benefits of PTFE coated fiberglass
Design benefits of PTFE coated fiberglass
Panels of PTFE coated fiberglass are welded together to create the desired shape. If needed, the panels are supported with cables. The fabric is then tensioned over a lightweight structural system.
We are pleased to have collaborated with KieranTimberlake and the outfit of a parking structure on the Rice University Campus. In their blog post, they describe the concepts they employed to create an iconic sculptural element. For more details see the KieranTimberlake blog post.
While tensile fabric has several distinct advantages over more traditional materials like glass, one of the most important may be its ability to withstand severe weather events. Our tensile structures and tensile facades in Miami, Jacksonville, Houston, Fort Worth, Waco, and Atlanta did not sustain any damage or require any repair despite enduring events ranging […]