Type 2 –

PTFE FIBERGLASS

Type 2A – PTFE Fiberglass Ventilated Mesh

Main Benefits:

  • Applications: Typically used in extreme weather conditions providing a more durable mesh type for ventilated facade screens to provide shading/screening, lower heat gain, maintain views out, and maintain open airflow.
  • Cost: ($$) Upgrade to Type 1A screening material.
  • Ventilation: 14 to 65% open mesh (various products to choose)
  • Colors: Silver/Grey, Black, Prebleached White, Natural (turns white in ~6 weeks of UV sunlight). Custom Colors available for larger projects.

Additional Information:

  • Fire Rating: “Non-Combustible”, passing ASTM E-136 / “Class A” material passing ASTM E-84 and NFPA 701 typically. (independent fire testing available upon request)
  • Warranty: 10-year warranty
  • Lifecycle: Steel / Aluminum structure can be in continual use allowing for the fabric,  the least expensive element to be replaced after its estimated lifespan of 20+ years.
  • Geography: Works well in extreme climates (extreme hot or cold climates)

What is PTFE Fiberglass Mesh:

Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coated fiberglass ventilated fabric mesh is the most durable fabric on the market. PTFE coated fiberglass provides uncompromised and unequaled beauty, longevity, and functionality. PTFE was developed in 1938 and has been used in building applications since the 1970s. PTFE coating is very slick, and nothing sticks to the surface making an ideal surface that is self-cleaning with rainwater.

Type 2B – PTFE Fiberglass Waterproof Membrane

Main Benefits:

  • Applications: Typically used in extreme weather conditions on canopy projects but also used where you want 100% solid screening with a solid waterproof or more translucent membrane screening for vertical façade fins or panels.
  • Cost: ($$) Upgrade to Type 1B screening material.
  • Ventilation: 0% open / 100% solid (non-ventilated)
  • Colors: Prebleached White, Natural (turns white in ~6 weeks of UV sunlight).

Additional Information:

  • Fire Rating: “Non-Combustible”, passing ASTM E-136 / “Class A” material passing ASTM E-84 and NFPA 701 typically. (independent fire testing available upon request)
  • Warranty: 10-year warranty
  • Lifecycle: Steel / Aluminum structure can be in continual use allowing for the fabric,  the least expensive element to be replaced after its estimated lifespan of 20+ years.
  • Geography: Works well in extreme climates (extreme hot or cold climates)

What is PTFE Fiberglass Membrane:

Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coated fiberglass non-ventilated fabric is a membrane and the most durable fabric on the market. PTFE coated fiberglass provides uncompromised and unequaled beauty, longevity, and functionality. PTFE was developed in 1938 and has been used in building applications since the 1970s. PTFE coating is very slick, and nothing sticks to the surface making an ideal surface that is self-cleaning with rainwat

Type 1B – Waterproof PES

Main Benefits:

  • Applications: Typically used in extreme weather conditions where you want a very strong and very translucent 100% solid waterproof screening. i.e stadium enclosures
  • Cost: ($$+) Upgrade to Type 1B, 2B or Type 4A screening material.
  • Ventilation: 0% open / 100% solid (non-ventilated)
  • Colors: Silver/Grey, Black, Prebleached White, Natural (turns white in ~6 weeks of UV sunlight). Custom Colors available for larger projects.

Additional Information:

  • Fire Rating: “Non-Combustible”, passing ASTM E-136 / “Class A” material passing ASTM E-84 and NFPA 701 typically. (independent fire testing available upon request)
  • Warranty: 10-year warranty
  • Lifecycle: Steel / Aluminum structure can be in continual use allowing for the fabric,  the least expensive element to be replaced after its estimated lifespan of 20+ years.
  • Geography: Works well in extreme climates (extreme hot or cold climates)

What is Laminated PTFE Fiberglass Membrane:

Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coated fiberglass mesh fabric with an added waterproof clear laminated film creating a very unique, highly translucent membrane that is extremely durable.

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