MATERIALS COMPARISON

Cost

Opacity
(% Open)

Warranty
(Years)

Life Expectancy
(Years)

Fire Rating

Coated PES Mesh

Ventilated PES Meshes
(Thin/Medium/Thick)

$

3-31%

5-10

10-20

ASTM E-84
(“Class A”)
NFPA 701
(“No propagation”)

Waterproof PES Membranes
(Thin/Medium/Thick)

$+

0%

10-20

10-30

ASTM E-84
(“Class A”)
NFPA 701
(“No propagation”)

Coated Fiberglass

Ventilated Meshes
(Medium/Thick)

$$

20-52%

10-15

+30

ASTM E-136
(“Non-Combustible”)
ASTM E-84
(“Class A”)
NFPA 701
(“No Propagation”)

Waterproof Membranes
(Thin/Medium/Thick)

$$

0%

10-15

+30

ASTM E-136
(“Non-Combustible”)
ASTM E-84
(“Class A”)
NFPA 701
(“No Propagation”)

PVDF/ePTFE

Ventilated PVDF Meshes
(Thick)

$$+

22%

10

+30

ASTM E-84
(“Class A”)
NFPA 701
(“No propagation”)

Waterproof ePTFE Membranes
(Medium/Thick)

$$$

0%

10

+30

ASTM E-84
(“Class A”)
NFPA 701
(“No propagation”)

Foils

Waterproof ETFE Foil Membranes

$$+

0%

10

+30

ASTM E-84
(“Class A”)
NFPA 701
(“No propagation”)

Waterproof EcTFE Foil Membranes
(High Clarity)

$$+

0%

10

+30

ASTM E-84
(“Class A”)
NFPA 701
(“No propagation”)

Metal

Ventilated Coated Wire Meshes

$$

50%

2

+10

ASTM E-84
(“Class A”)
NFPA 701
(“No propagation”)

Ventilated Wire Meshes

$$$+

+80%

10

+35

ASTM E-136
(“Non-Combustible”)
ASTM E-84
(“Class A”)
NFPA 701
(“No Propagation”)

Ventilated SS Metal Meshes
(Various)

$$$$+

+50%

10

+40

ASTM E-136
(“Non-Combustible”)
ASTM E-84
(“Class A”)
NFPA 701
(“No Propagation”)

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