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Architectural Membrane Roofing


Engineered tension membrane and fabric structures provide great flexibility. Our architectural membranes offer phenomenal performance and they are superior in many ways to other kinds of construction. We offer a variety of industry leading materials including Kynar™ coated (PVC) membranes, Teflon Coated Fiberglas (PTFE) fabrics and High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) all being available in many colors and base weights. All membrane fabrics are virtually maintenance-free and when under tension or in the tensile state, these fabric membranes offer durability and fire resistance to meet building codes. We offer many tension fabric options and recommend brands from Ferrari, Seaman and Mehler high performance textiles that are exclusively designed for tension and tensile fabric structures.

 

All membrane panels are tensioned both vertically and horizontally with hydraulic jacks, rigid purlins and cable and mast tension systems. Through years of extensive research and development we now offer many types of fabric structure membranes that will suit your building needs.

 

PTFE – Teflon Coated Fiberglas

 

PTFE (polytetrafluroethlyene) coated high translucency fabric is a dynamic tensile material unmatched for its aesthetics and durability making it ideal for large scale roof and tensile membrane structures. PTFE coating is chemically inert and capable of withstanding a wide range of temperatures in any climate. The low-surface adhesion properties of the material result in a fabric membrane which is easily cleaned by rainwater and is immune to UV radiation.

 

Fabric performance

 

PTFE translucent fabric membrane provides exceptional strength and durability. These features allow designers the ability to push the envelope of design and realize extraordinary results. Structurally, PTFE glass fiber fabric is waterproof, resists UV rays and is chemically inert. As a result, it is exceptionally stain resistant and easy to clean. PTFE fabric can reflect as much as 60 percent of visible light to make it a cost-effective, low-maintenance option for building owners and developers who demand a material that stays looking great for many years of service.

 

Non-stick attributes

 

PTFE's “non-stick” attributes, when coated with titanium dioxide (TiO2) photo-catalyst provide self cleaning properties that are superior to conventional PTFE coating. Called the Photo-catalytic decomposition process, a self cleaning action that occurs as the TiO2 causes any organic matter (stain or pollutant) to decompose through simple oxidation. The residue does not adhere to the surface and is washed away by an occasional rinsing or naturally with rain.

 

Natural lighting

 

PTFE high translucency fabric, is ideally suited for all commercial and retail market sectors. By evenly dispersing daylight, this material is a very attractive option for facilities such as shopping malls, auto dealerships, sports or office complexes where interior landscaping is present. Inside tensile translucent roof systems plants have the opportunity to grow more naturally. This tensile roof material also provides a great stage for lends dramatic illumination. With the fabric membranes highly reflective coating, PTFE fabric serves as a beautiful backdrop for night time, interior lighting or for graphic displays for advertising or brand awareness.

 

Kynar™ Coated Membrane or Dupont Tedlar™ Coated Membrane

 

For more permanent or long-term applications of 12 years or more.
• The longest-lasting fabric membrane of its type in the world
• Blackout (opaque) design minimizes solar gain and controls internal climate
• Material weighs approximately 24 to 30 oz. per sq. yd.
• Helps guard against UV and airborne contaminants
• Dramatically extends the membrane life
• High strength, rip-stop substrate design
• Exceptional fire-retardant capability
• Available in large selection of colors
• Industry leading 20-year warranty

 

Acrylic PVC Coated Membrane

 

Best for temporary or short-term applications of less than 12 years
• Blackout design prevents solar gain and manages climate control
• Weighs approximately 18 oz. per square yard
• High strength, rip-stop substrate material
• Exceptional fire-retardant capability
• 12-year warranty
• Opaque or translucent for longevity and energy efficiency

 

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) fabric membrane is the most widely used tensile and tension membrane fabric. PVC is commonly produced in white, but can be produced in a multitude of colors depending on individual project requirements. When produced in white, this flexible fabric membrane reduces radiant heat gain thus keeping interior temperatures cooler in warmer environments and saving energy. PVC is commonly coated with protective acrylic lacquer, PVDF alloy or 100% PVDF top coatings.

 

PVDF alloy is constructed of fluoride, carbon and hydrogen. It has good resistance to airborne pollutants and UV. As the top surface coating is not 100% PVDF it can be easily HF/RF welded. This material is commonly known as weldable PVDF in today's market and as such it is economical to manufacture. Based on its average self cleaning characteristics the PVC has a design life of approximately 12 to15 years depending on geographic location.

 

When PVC membranes are coated with titanium dioxide (TiO²) photo-catalyst they inherit self cleaning properties that are superior to conventional PVC coatings. Called the Photo-catalytic decomposition process, a self cleaning action that occurs as the TiO² causes any organic matter (stain or pollutant) to decompose through simple oxidation. The residue does not adhere to the surface and is washed away by water or rain. The Photo-catalytic hydrophilic process, the sheeting action of water across the surface, assures no unsightly streaking is left behind due to water beading.

 

High Density Polyethylene

 

HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) fabric is a cost effective material designed for basic modular structures. HDPE is suited to large commercial projects where specifications require fabric exposed to environmental conditions including wind, rain, hail, dust and UV exposure.

 

Insulated Fabric Roof Systems

 

Insulated fabric membranes can be as thin as only 9 millimeters and while still providing translucent, diffused glare free natural daylight, enhanced temperature control (even in extreme climates) and innovative sustainability.


The triple-layer composite of insulated fabric membrane is made up of:

 

1) TiO² PTFE; Lightweight and translucent, PTFE glass fiber is resistant to UV. The outer PTFE layer of insulation comes standard with a TiO² coating that helps keep the membrane clean.
2) Nanogel Aerogel™, created by Cabot Corporation, is the world's most effective thermal insulation and the world's lightest solid material. Most importantly, Nanogel™ is highly translucent similar to PTFE glass fiber.
3) PTFE glass fiber interior liner provides a continuous vapor barrier and effective acoustical barrier depending.

 

Insulated and translucent roofing advantages

 

Various studies document many benefits which include improved learning environments for schools, improved productivity for offices and manufacturing facilities and greatly enhanced marketing and brand awareness in sales in retail applications.


• This material can increase the original roof's thermal insulation performance by 4+ times and provides a natural light transmission rate of 3.5%.
• Energy efficient inner layer maintains translucency and promotes glare free natural day lighting.
• Hydrophobic material provides 100% moisture resistance.
• Superb sound and acoustical insulation properties.
• Stain and fade resistant.
• Extreme flexibility. The insulation value is tailored to meet individual codes by the addition Nanogel™ filled panels.
• The insulation reduces HVAC energy consumption, requirements and costs.
• The insulation does not deteriorate over time or resists natural compression.
• Greatly reduced interior lighting usage
• Cost savings on interior lighting with increase in productivity, interior environment and overall aesthetics.

 

Aerogel™ is 95% air and the world's lightest solid material. This makes Cabot Corporation's Aerogel™ a perfect component of their lightweight PTFE glass fiber fabric membrane. The combination of materials produces a bonded system lighter than any other insulated roofing option. The advantages are minimized material and usage costs, reduced energy consumption plus no need for heavy supporting structures.

 

Longevity

 

Since its first installation in 1973, the world's first PTFE glass fiber fabric membrane roof continues to look and function to specified standards. Life spans in excess of 30 years are standard.

 

Applications

 

Insulated fabric membranes change the way people see, feel and sense the architectural impact within any building type. It provides occupants with many benefits while allowing design creativity unmatched by any other insulated roofing option.

 

Cost & energy savings

 

Functionally, the highly efficient insulation system provides significantly reduced costs in mechanical and lighting systems which translate into long-term operational cost reductions.

 

We have provided many solutions for Storage Structures, Aviation & Aircraft Hangars, Sports Enclosures, Salt/Sand Storage Domes, Recycling Structures, Public Works Buildings, Remediation, Manufacturing Facilities, Composting Buildings, Military Hangars, Rapid Deployable Structures, Shade Systems, Tensile Roof Structures, Construction Buildings, Gaming and Exhibition Structures, Mining Structures for Exploration Camps, Environmental Enclosures, Marine and Shipbuilding Structures, Athletic Facilities, Dry Dock Structures, Water Treatment Covers, Temporary Maintenance Shops and sprung type structures.