Just what are chemical fabrics and film?

They are polymer-based products processed in sheet form and either attached to a fabric backing (to make chemical fabrics) or used without backing (to make chemical films). Member companies of CFFA use any number of polymers to make their sheet products, including polyvinyl chloride (PVC or vinyl) and thermoplastic polyolefins (TPOs).

Chemical fabrics and film offer exceptional performance characteristics in finished products from upholstery to geomembranes and from vinyl roofing to automotive products. A few examples:
Durability.
Chemical fabrics and film can stand up to abrasion, tough stains, exposure to sunlight and daily wear and tear, while still performing consistently. This quality makes them particularly well suited to healthcare environments, where ease of cleaning and sterilization are critical.
Versatility.
Chemical fabrics and film can be manufactured in virtually any thickness, any texture, any pattern and in almost any color of the rainbow. The versatility of the manufacturing processes allows chemical fabric and film products to simulate high-quality leather for upholstery, create innovative textures and patterns for wallcovering or provide clear material for IV bags that is crucial for monitoring.
Lasting value.
Chemical fabrics and film are often the cost-effective product choice as well. When compared to materials like leather or natural fabrics, chemical fabrics and film are not only typically lower in initial cost, but they're also lower in lifecycle cost due to their durability and low maintenance requirements. The end result is a product that provides lasting value.
Want to know more?
You can explore and download available CFFA standards, technical information and other literature relating to the use of these products by visiting vinylroofs.org or cffaperformanceproducts.org.
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Bowling bags, exercise mats, golf bags, gym and workout bags, tennis bags.
Camper topping, convertible topping, door and console coverings, instrument panel coverings, landau tops, security shades, upholstery.
Awnings and canopies, backlit awnings and signage, banners, outdoor decking, outdoor furniture, pond and pit liners, roofing, swimming pool liners, tents and tarpaulins.
Belts, jackets, protective clothing, rainwear, shoe uppers, sock linings.
Bookbinding cover stock, checkbooks, coin purses, handbags and accessories, luggage and briefcases.
Ceiling tile facings, commercial seating, commercial wallcoverings, folding doors, laminating films for wood, metal and wallboard, matting, residential upholstery, residential wallcovering, window shades and blinds.
Reflective, heat-weldable, single-ply roofing systems for commercial applications.
Children's safety seats, industrial tapes, juvenile furniture, mattress covers, strip doors, tank lining, toys.