PVC coated polyester is the most frequently used material for flexible fabric structures employed in applications ranging from tent structures, to industrial covers or tarpaulins. It can also be used in protective clothing, for example, for the police or fireman corps.
Coated fabrics are produced by covering a polyester scrim with a plastisol layer sometimes using some sort of adhesive to make the bond stronger. Once the PVC layer is cured, the fabric becomes waterproof and has a very high resistance to dirt, chemicals, UV light and general abrasion. PVC coated textiles using plasticisers are available in a wide range of design and colours. Highly reflective pigments are enhancing flexible PVC membranes’ ability to reflect more sunlight, decreasing air conditioning costs while keeping the insulation cooler.