PTFE coated fibreglass fabrics
Shade to Order can design, manufacture and install shade sail membranes using PTFE coated fibreglass fabrics. PTFE (Poly Tetra Fluoro Ethylene) is a Teflon coating over woven fibreglass fibres. These are high quality materials made from polytetrafluoroethylene glass fibre coated fabric and used for permanent constructions. The shade sail material has very high tensile resistance. It is UV resistant, non-combustible and boasts a high reflective capability.
Because of the smooth Teflon surface, the shade sail membrane is washed clean every time it rains and therefore normally does not require additional cleaning. The translucency can reach 20%, depending on the thickness of the material. PTFE fibreglass membranes have a very impressive life span.
PTFE fabrics are the ultimate choice for prolonged endurance, low maintenance, fire rating and tensile strength. With a life expectancy in excess of 30 years, a PTFE membrane, if manufactured properly, will stand the test of time. Shade to Order uses innovative manufacturing techniques, with state of the art custom designed and built sealing machines to produce the highest of design quality and accuracy Teflon tension membrane shade structures.
Teflon coated fibreglass fabrics (PTFE) are an exciting, impressive, and flexible building product that can be matched by no other form of building. Contact us today for more information on exciting PTFE fabrics.
Analysis and Form Finding
At Shade to Order, we offer a design service that is unparalleled in the industry. From initial design concept sketches, fabric choice, structural design of steelwork, to fabric and steelwork analysis and final engineering. We do it all. The general fabric structure shape is determined with a fabric structure specific computer program. This will determine catenary cable edge curvature, fabric surface initial pre-stress, fabric surface slope for water run off and clearance of obstacles such as corners of buildings, trees etc. An analysis is then completed to establish loads on the fabric surface as well as loads transferred to attachment points, columns and backstays. Connections, catenary wires and structural steel sizes can be established from the information if the analysis was correctly completed. Shade to Order owns specialised computer software including three programs that can complete a structural and finite element analysis of the whole fabric structure including structural steel, wires and attachments.
This ensures a safe and reliable tension membrane shade structure that is structurally sound. We are available to offer expert advice and design input to ensure that you, the customer ends up with a quality tension membrane shade structure. Contact us today to discuss our structural and form finding analysis service. Shade to Order can manufacture shade sails out of a wide range of PVC coated fabrics. Ranging from 300gsm (Grams per Square Metre) right up to the heaviest architectural fabrics at around 1800gsm.
One of the PVC fabrics used is “Ferrari©” architectural fabric, as they use The Precontraint© Technology (pre-stressing fabric base cloth before and during all of the coating process). This combined with dimensional stability and longevity, makes the Ferrari© product one of the most versatile in the world. The “Ferrari©” Fluotop T2 surface treatment assures durability to permanent textile structures; with a 100% PVDF on the surface, it provides effective protection against atmospheric pollution, soiling and climatic aggressions.
An exclusive Ferrari© process, the Fluotop T2 surface treatment merged with the coating of the membrane and forms a completely homogeneous composite material. The Ferrari© Precontraint© Fluotop T2 composite membranes provide textile buildings with reliable mechanical properties, optimum translucency and a simply stunning appearance. PVDF fabric comes with a 15-year manufacturer’s guarantee. Another high quality PVC fabric used by Shade to Order is Mehler Haku©.
This PVC fabric is available in a number of colours. Haku© fabric has a PVDF coating on both sides, ensuring good resistance to dirt and mould and resulting in prolonged life. At Shade to Order, we manufacture membranes out of a number of PVC mesh fabrics. Available in a wide range of colours and weaves, these fabrics are a fantastic option where shade only is a concern, not waterproof protection. The preferred PVC mesh fabrics to use are by Ferrari©, and are called “Soltis”. The genuine heat and light shields of Soltis textiles regulate the sun’s heat effect and provide effective glare protection.
Available in 48 colours, these textiles come in a varied chromatic range conceived for all architectural environments (public buildings and private homes). The Ferrari© Precontraint© manufacturing technique provides the Soltis textiles with an unrivalled dimensional stability making them the ideal solution for technical sun protection of architect-designed buildings. Contact us today for more information on PVC fabrics.