High-Quality PVC-Coated Fabrics With a Proven Track Record
Details are everything. They're what make or break your projects. We understand that you need to uphold the highest standards while minimizing risk and meeting regulatory compliance—which is why you need Shelter-Rite® architectural fabrics.
Knowledge of tensile strength is required to meet the design and engineering criteria of any building. Whether an air-supported, tension membrane or custom structure, Shelter-Rite architectural fabrics withstand the forces that are applied. These stresses are related to the internal air pressure or pre-tension on a structure, or are related to forces such as wind load, snow load or other dead and live loads. We use high-tenacity, continuous filament polyester yarns, which means there are advantages of tensile fabric structures that use Shelter-Rite architectural fabrics.
The ability of a material to resist a tear or tear propagation may be critical to the structural integrity of a building. Tear strength properties are related to a combination of factors involving the base fabric, weave/knit construction and adhesion values. Shelter-Rite architectural fabrics have superior tear strength and are warp-knit weft-inserted. The adhesive coat and adhesion values between the base fabric and the coating compound also greatly influence the tear strength properties of our fabrics.
Weldability and Seam Strength
One of the most advantageous performance properties of PVC-coated polyester fabrics is their ability to be efficiently welded into large panels that can be incorporated into membrane structures. Unlike conventional building materials such as wood, steel or bricks, which require assembly at the job site, Shelter-Rite can be prefabricated into large panels and then brought to the job site for final assembly. We use a polymeric exterior coating compound on both the top and bottom of the material. This compound is a thermoplastic material, meaning that it can be heat bonded to itself.
If a material changes in size due to a change in temperature or humidity, these deviations need to be considered when engineering the building. This is very important when designing a tension membrane structure with synthetic resin-coated fabric, since patterns are cut to a given size to allow for a given pre-tension on the building. The dimensional stability of an architectural fabric is directly related to the base fabric and the polyester yarns. We only use polyester yarns in architectural based fabrics.
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Shelter-Rite provides the high-performing fabrics engineers need for their air-supported dome, pre-engineered frame and tensile fabric structures.