Fabric Finishing

Legacy uses two types of architectural fabric: polyethylene (PE) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Both types of fabric are being constantly updated to keep up with industry demands. The enhancements contribute to greater longevity and less maintenance, while still providing ample translucency to allow users to take advantage of natural sunlight.

PVC fabrics are heavier and offer superior tear strengths. Because of its extreme durability, it’s not uncommon for PVC fabric to last 25 years or longer. The primary disadvantage of PVC is its higher cost. It may also offer less translucency.

PE fabric is lighter and more cost-effective than PVC, with longevity of up to 20 years. Translucency can be as high as 9-percent, and the material tends to clean itself very well during rainstorms. PE fabric falls short of PVC in tear strength, however, which can provide a formidable challenge in environments with extreme snow or wind loads.

Both types of fabric are also available in a variety of weights and colors. PVC fabric is inherently flame retardant, and PE fabric may be treated with a flame-retardant coating. Fabric buildings can also be used to enhance your brand. Both PE and PVC fabric are available in a variety of colors to help the building blend in with existing structures or stand out from the crowd. Or add your logo or mascot to the building – print directly on PVC fabric, or have a vinyl graphic permanently heat sealed to the walls or roof of any building.

Fabric Structure Finishing

Properly finishing fabric around doorways, openings and at the bottom of a fabric structure is critical to fabric longevity and building appearance. Each ripstop fabric panel is kedered for the best attachment and longest fabric life. The keder system keeps the fabric out of contact with the steel frame, prolonging the life of the fabric. The patented attachment system and quality workmanship provide the highest-quality attachment in any environment.

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