Different Layers of Marine Vinyl and What They Mean for You

Did you know that a single piece of fabric is actually a culmination of layers? They’re difficult to see without a microscope, but they’re important to understand, especially when purchasing marine vinyl fabric 

The average thickness ranges from 0.06mm to 1.5mm, and it is distributed throughout the layers. The thickness, weight, and overall quality should contribute to your buying decision.   

Here’s an analysis of the layers, so you can understand how each one impacts the final product.  

More Flexibility from the Base 

The foundational layer is made of knitted polyester or a fuzzy backing. This tier is crucial for the fabric’s durability and sustainability. It can also impact the stretchiness of the vinyl. When the vinyl backing is woven slightly apart, the vinyl is more flexible. The tighter the knit, the less malleable it is. 

Hold It All Together with Adhesive  

In this layer, the adhesive attaches to the backing of the foam section. If the glue fails, the backing can be peeled off from the foam. There are some adhesives that are stronger and more dependable than others. Although separation in this layer is rare, it is a possibility. Occasionally, the machine’s heat and presses don’t get hot enough, prohibiting the chemical bonding process.   

Improve Strength with More PVC Foam 

The PVC foam layer makes the vinyl thicker by adding substance. The foam will make it feel stiffer and stronger. If you’ve ever purchased a flimsy table cloth with Velcro adhesives, you know how easy it crinkles and tears. That’s because it doesn’t have the expanded PVC foam layer. 

The Beauty Comes from the Outer Skin  

The outer skin is the most important portion because this it’s subject to the most exposure. This is where people will sit, hold, wear, and stretch the fabric. This skin is usually about .05mm thick, but that can vary by brand. You can choose between a smooth or textured skin, depending on your taste. 

Making the Decision  

When determining which vinyl to purchase, the weight, thickness, and texture shouldn’t be the sole influencers. Product reviews and specifications are the best resources to lean on. Read reviews carefully to see what people are saying about the product. Is it durable? Was it worth the investment? Answers to these questions may save you money in the long run. The specifications are helpful, but they’re not a sales tool. They’re published to help people understand how fabric withstands different environments.  

Now that you have a better understanding of marine vinyl’s layers, it’s time to choose which one is right for your budget and project. Shopping and selecting your fabric is the fun part! Get in touch with All Vinyl Fabrics or call (877)618-4695 for unmatched expert advice.  

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