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A big THANK YOU to all IFAI attendees that stopped by our booth to visit and check out the latest Industrial, Structure and Shade Fabrics that will meet or exceed today’s demanding requirements. Our entire sales force and internal sales staff were focused and available for face-to-face customer relationships and were happy to answer any questions that were asked. On display we featured Monotec Commercial Shadecloth, Soluna19 ounce Printable Awning Fabric as well as our extensive lines of Athletic and Transportation Fabrics, including SIOEN Truck Side Curtain and Sliding Systems Materials. Our extensive lines of fabric are used in many applications for Indoor and Outdoor Athletic facilities, Dock Seal, Event Tent, Industrial Mesh, Inflatables, Medical, Agriculture, Containment, Truck Tarp and Architectural Structures. If you have an interest in any of our products, feel free to contact us at this link, or give our Customer Service Specialists a call at this number; 877-716-6651. We are ready to provide you with answers and help you with all your fabric requirements.

Value Vinyls is a family owned and operated company established in 1984 with much success in providing unmatched products and service to a highly diversified and growing industry of fabricators requiring industrial fabrics to make their products. Much of the company’s strength is due to the dedicated employees who are superior at the work. Our goal is to offer high quality products at competitive prices while providing unmatched customer service and sales support. This goal applies to all departments within our company, in that regardless of the task, it is for the benefit of our customer. Our Inside Customer Support Team has over 30 years of combined experience and trained to handle from your everyday to most complicated business needs. Additionally our team includes technically experienced manufacturer’s representatives located across the United States. Value Vinyls has the perfect combination of expertise and resources to work closely with you in developing your own customized product program to meet your exact requirements. Whether it is stocked products of products customized to your specifications, we can provide solutions with the help of our endless capabilities. Value Vinyls will be exhibiting at the 2017 IFAI EXPO / Booth #1127, to be held Sept. 27th – 29th at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Our knowledgeable sales & support personnel will be available at the booth and ready to help with your fabric interests. Are You Planning to Attend Looking for Particular Fabrics? Contact us now and we’ll do our homework to provide you fabric options and present them to you at the show. You can reach out to us by calling 877-716-6651 or email us at info@valuevinyls.com or click on this Contact Us Link and leave a note. We are ready to help you with your fabric needs! Complimentary 3-Day Show Floor Pass – Please enjoy this invitation, compliments of Value Vinyls at Booth #1127.Use this VIP CODE: EP306 Enter the VIP Code at the beginning of the registration form to redeem free show floor admission. You will have the option to upgrade your registration if you are interested in any additional events or education. Register at: IFAIEXPO.com/Register

If you are in the market for Shadecloth or Awning fabrics, Value Vinyls has the right choice for you to consider. Value Vinyls is setting the Industry Standard with Monotec 370 Shadecloth. This award winning, globally recognized fabric is uniquely engineered using 100% round monofilament yarn and has earned the reputation as the strongest shadecloth available in the industry today. Monotec Shadecloth is especially resilient in extreme high wind events such as hurricanes and tornadoes. This durable fabric has been engineered to hold its shape and will not stretch, requiring no manual re-tensioning. This makes the product highly favorable to engineers and architects when considering resistance to devastating weather conditions. Monotec shadecloth meets all FR standards including CSFM, Title 19 and is available in 15 popular colors. For more info on Monotec, click here. In addition, Value Vinyls offers Soluna awning material, a 19 oz. waterproof fabric with a low sheen orange peel emboss. Soluna is excellent for awnings, canopies or can be used for any commercial area where there is a need for shade from the sun. This durable material has superior tensile & tear strength, is flame resistant and has exceeded 1000 hours of UV testing, making Soluna one of the most UV resistant awning materials in the industry. Soluna comes in 11 popular colors. Both of these shade style product lines will be on exhibit at the 2017 IFAI Expo, Value Vinyls booth #1127, to be held September 27th – 29th at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Are You Planning to Attend IFAI? Contact us and we’ll do our homework to provide you fabric options and present them to you at the show. You can reach out to us by calling 877-716-6651, emailing us at info@valuevinyls.com or leaving us a note. We are ready to help you with your fabric needs! Complimentary 3-Day Show Floor Pass – Please enjoy this invitation, compliments of Value Vinyls at Booth #1127.Use this VIP CODE: EP306 Enter the VIP Code at the beginning of the registration form to redeem free show floor admission. You will have the option to upgrade your registration if you are interested in any additional events or education. Register at: IFAIEXPO.com/Register  

This month we will complete everyone’s favorite subject, flame retardancy and testing! The good news is, this is the last of three blogs addressing the three main FR testing methods. To refresh from my previous blog, the three FR test methods used for most Architectural Fabrics, Shadecloth and Vinyl Material are ASTM E-84, NFPA 701, and California State Fire Marshall (CSFM) Title 19. In my last two Dr. Shade blogs, we covered the CSFM and NFPA 701, so this month we are covering the ASTM E-84 Fire Retardancy test method. ASTM E-84 is a voluntary industry FR specification, and ASTM International who is an international standards organization, does not keep the detailed records on which fabrics pass. ASTM is typically used for wall covering and was the industry FR test standard for many years. It is now mostly used for indoor fabrics and some specialty outdoor fabrics. So, what is ASTM E84? ASTM E-84 is intended to provide only comparative measurements of surface flame spread and smoke density with that of select grade red oak and fiber-cement board surfaces under the specific fire exposure conditions. Simply put, ASTM E-84 measures the flame spread and smoke index, which are considered the surface burning characteristics of a material. Depending on the numbers, materials can have classifications of Class A, B, or C according to NFPA, ANSI/NFPA No. 101, “life Safety Code”, 2006 Edition, or IBC (International Building Code), 2006 Edition, Chapter 8, Interior Finishes, Section 803, if they pass any level of this standard.  The test is conducted in a fire tunnel using a 22″ x 24′ sample of the material.  The ignition source is 7 seconds in duration, total test is 10 minutes.  The flame front cannot exceed 24” during the test.  Results are expressed as Flame Spread Index, and Smoke Developed Value.  Following are the criteria for each level of this test, regardless of whether NFPA or IBC. For products that pass these criteria Class A, Flame Spread 1-25, Smoke Developed Less than or equal to 450 Class B, Flame Spread 26-75, Smoke Developed Less than or equal to 450 Class C, Flame Spread 76-200, Smoke Developed Less than or equal to 450 Please note, this test is comparable to UL 723, ANSI/NFPA No 255, and UBC No. 8-1 ASTM International does not do testing and certification of fabric, so you’ll need to have your material tested by an independent testing lab if you require a certificate. Value Vinyls have many fabrics that meet ASTM E-84 Standards. For more information contact us at the following link Value Vinyls, or call us at 877-716-6651. SOURCE American Society for Testing and Materials SOURCE National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) SOURCE Office of the California State Fire Marshal

Value Vinyls has been servicing Fabricators of Industrial Materials throughout all of North America for over 43 years! Our knowledgeable sales staff is committed to providing an extensive range of industrial fabrics with sound working solutions, a business practice we work hard to live up to everyday. We offer vinyl fabrics for a wide range of applications to include truck tarps, athletic and medical products. But that is just part of our offerings; we also provide high quality unique fabrics for many specialty indoor and outdoor applications, including dock seal, oil booms and geo-containment. Adding to our expertise, Value Vinyls offers an extensive range of structure fabrics specified for engineered applications. We carry Soluna Awning Material and are the exclusive suppliers in North America of SIOEN Architectural Fabrics and Monotec 370 Shadecloth from Pro-Knit Industries. Value Vinyls will be exhibiting at the 2017 IFAI EXPO / Booth #1127 to be held Sept. 27th – 29th at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Are You Planning to Attend Looking for Particular Fabrics? Contact us now and we’ll do our homework to provide you fabric options and present them to you at the show. You can reach out to us by calling 877-716-6651 or email us at info@valuevinyls.com or click on this Contact Us Link to leave a note. We are ready to help you with your fabric needs! Complimentary 3-Day Show Floor Pass – Please enjoy this invitation, compliments of Value Vinyls at Booth #1127. Use this VIP CODE: EP306 Enter the VIP Code at the beginning of the registration form to redeem free show floor admission. You will have the option to upgrade your registration if you are interested in any additional events or education. Register at: IFAIEXPO.com/Register

Hello, Dr. Shade here. I’m excited to introduce to you the SIOEN line of high quality Fluomax Structural Fabrics. As Director of Structure Fabric Sales for Value Vinyls, I work closely with SIOEN and know the quality of their products and the way they stand behind them. I’m proud to say that Value Vinyls is the Sole North American Supplier of SIOEN Structure Fabrics as well as other SIOEN Industrial Style Fabrics. SIOEN is the world market leader in coated technical textiles and technical apparel, protecting people and their belongings. SIOEN manufactures a broad range of tension structure fabrics and competes on a global scale against the largest tension structure fabric manufacturers. SIOEN is the world’s largest coater with completely integrated vertical manufacturing from start to finish. SIOEN manufactures coated fabrics ranging from 650 GSM to 1600 GSM, offering three types of coating options used to protect the fabrics from UV. One option is a PVDF Fluomax coating, applied on the top side of the fabric and Acrylic coating on the bottom. This formulation is referred to as “E” finish, and is designated after the fabric type. Another option is referred to as the “F” finish, and this option has a PVDF Fluomax coating applied on the top and bottom of the fabric. A third option is the “T” finish, which Titanium PVDF Fluomax is applied on the top and a PVDF Fluomax is coating on the bottom. The primary difference in these three options is the lifespan and durability of the fabric. While the “E” finish is a 10-year warranty the “F” and “T” options are 15 and 20-year options respectfully. All SIOEN line tension structure fabrics are designated by a “T” at the front of the product number and the E, F, or T coating type at the end. These SIOEN Fluomax Fabrics use a yarn with an Anti-wicking treatment to guard against wicking, making them more stable and assuring a longer life span. Sioen fabrics are the world standard and line up against many of the most well-known fabric brands here in the United States, as well as compete against, and lead the charge on a global scale. Value Vinyls can provide full technical detail of the SIOEN line along with a comparison against the most popular brand of tension structure fabrics, including but not limited to the material, mechanical, and physical properties. See These Amazing Fabrics at The Upcoming IFAI Expo! Value Vinyls will be featuring these products at the upcoming IFAI EXPO, Sept. 27th– 29th in New Orleans, LA – Booth #1127. Stop in and visit with me. Just ask for Dr. Shade! FREE IFAI EXPO PASS – Need a free pass for the show? Click on this link and follow the registration instructions. Use CODE: EP306 in the box at the top of the online registration form marked VIP CODE. We are here to work with you on your next tension structure project. For more information contact us at the following link Value Vinyls, or call us at 877-716-6651.

There are three primary FR test methods that are used for Architectural Fabrics, Shadecloth and most Vinyl Fabrics; ASTM E-84, NFPA 701, and California State Fire Marshall (CSFM) Title 19. In my last blog we covered CSFM testing at length, so this month I will discuss the NFPA 701 test method. NFPA is an acronym for the National Fire Protection Association, which is a United States trade association made up of U.S. members and some international members. Founded in 1896, its primary purpose creates and maintains private, copyrighted standards and codes for usage and adoption by local governments. One of those standards is NFPA 701. So, what is NFPA 701? NFPA 701-15 (the most recent revision of the NFPA 701) measures the mass before test, mass after test, mass loss percentage, the number of seconds of any burning drips, and the after flame of the material in seconds during and after a specified burn period at a specified flame temperature.  Once the flame is extinguished the after flame in seconds is measured.  10 samples are tested, 5 in the machine direction, 5 in the cross direction (also known as warp/weft respectively).  This test is a Pass/Fail test based on the following criteria.  If the material fails any of the following criteria, it fails the test Mass Loss: 40% Maximum Average or Average + 3 Standard Deviations Maximum Individual Drip Burn/Afterflame: 2 seconds maximum average There are different sections of the test method itself, intended for different categories of products. NFPA 701 Test Method 1 is intended more for interior products such as curtains and draperies; NFPA 701 Test Method 2 is designed for outdoor materials such as awnings, tents, and tarps. Many state and local governments have not developed their own standards; instead they require that architectural fabrics used in public spaces meet the NFPA 701 standard. The 2005 Florida Fire Prevention Code, for example, specifies in Chapter 20 that fabric used in places of assembly must meet NFPA 701 standards. Some states and cities, however, have developed their own standards and/or procedures such as California with the State Fire Marshal, compliance with CSFM Title 19 of the California Code of Regulations. These requirements are separate and distinct from NFPA 701 standards. While the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts both accept NFPA 701 certification, New York City requires certification that fabrics meet requirements outlined in Title 27 (Chapters 1 and 4) of the New York Administrative Code, while the City of Boston requires that end users submit an application for a use permit, in advance, for each fabric to be used in a public space. NFPA 701 is a voluntary industry specification, and the NFPA does not keep the detailed records on which fabrics pass. NFPA 701 is, however, the flammability specification quoted in the International Building Code for products such as canopies. It is perhaps the most widely quoted flammability specification for specialty fabric products in the United States. The NFPA headquarters, located in Quincy MA is not a testing facility so any material tested will need to be done at an independent lab. Value Vinyls have many fabrics that meet NFPA 701 Standards. For more information contact us at the following link Value Vinyls, or call us at 877-716-6651. Stay Tuned… Dr. Shade’s final blog on FR test methods will be addressing the ASTM-E84 Class A Flame Retardant test method. SOURCE National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)    

This month with Dr. Shade we are going to talk about Flame Retardancy for shadecloth, which to some folks is an ugly subject or to others a real bother, but as mom would say, “It’s for your own good”! There are three main test methods for shadecloth as well as other exterior architectural fabrics. They are; ASTM E-84, NFPA 701 Method 2, and one of the toughest tests to pass; the California State Fire Marshall Title 19 or (CSFM Title 19). Each of these tests has a separate method and while all of them promulgate flammability specifications, you cannot get one certificate that covers them all. Today we are going to address in depth the CSFM Title 19 Test Method and its importance to shadecloth. Did you know that Value Vinyls is proud to be the sole U.S. distributor for Monotec 370 Shadecloth, which is the only Mono/Mono shade cloth on the market today with a CSFM Title 19 pass certificate. This certificate must be renewed on an annual basis and Value Vinyls has just received the renewed certificate. So, what is CSFM Title 19? California State Fire Marshal Title 19. The state of California is a frontrunner in the United States when it comes to flammability, often initiating stricter flammability requirements before the rest of the country. This means that California State Fire Marshal certification is sometimes recognized outside of California, so it’s a specification you need to be aware of. Of course, the opposite is also true. When presented with a flame certificate from the CSFM, some local code officials may question the certificate. Knowing how it compares to other specifications may be of assistance in that situation. (See chart below.) In addition to differences in test specifics, such as sample size and exposure to the flame source, the CSFM specification differs from the rest in one other important aspect—documentation. In order to qualify for CSFM certification, a fabric manufacturer not only must have their materials tested by an independent lab approved by the CSFM, but also send the material directly to the CSFM office to be tested there. The result is extra bureaucracy for the fabric suppliers, but a handy tool for end-product manufacturers. The Fire Engineering Department at the California State Fire Marshal has an online database of fabrics and films that have achieved its certification. Go to http://osfm.fire.ca.gov/fireengineering.html Monotec 370 FR is the only shadecloth on the market today that meets all the FR specifications noted above and is the strongest fabric on the market along with having the best warranty in the business; 15 years for non-FR and 10 years for FR. Value Vinyls has recently renewed our Monotec 370 FR CSFM Title 19 certification, click HERE if you would like us to send you the latest copy along with a Monotec brochure, or call us at 877-716-6651 to discuss the options for your project using Monotec. Stay Tuned… Dr. Shade’s next blog will be addressing the NFPA-701 & ASTM-E84 Class A Flame Retardant test methods.   SOURCE American Society for Testing and Materials SOURCE National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) SOURCE Office of the California State Fire Marshal

Summer is near which means the sun is beating down on us all and Melanoma is a concern! According to the AIM at Melanoma Foundation, Melanoma accounts for about 1% of all skin cancer cases, but makes up the vast majority of skin cancer deaths. Here is the eye opener, an estimated 87,110 new cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2017. An estimated 9,730 people will die of melanoma in 2017. That’s an alarming 11% death ratio. What is the cause? Nearly all melanomas are caused by the sun! Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the primary risk factor for melanoma. Most people will take cover from the sun’s heat without even thinking of the UV exposure. The good news is, learning how you can protect yourself from UV radiation can help reduce your risk of melanoma. Because of the increased awareness of this deadly disease, many recreation facilities, businesses with outdoor seating, pools, parks, and other public venues are installing shade structures for protection from the sun. These structures can range from pavilions with a solid roof to structures that are built with shadecloth fabrics. This means the demand has gone up for shadecloth fabrics that will block both heat and UV rays. Value Vinyls offers Monotec 370 Shadecloth which blocks the heat and most importantly, harmful UV rays, providing a comfortable shaded area below. Manufactured by Pro-Knit Industries in Australia, Monotec 370 is a globally recognized, award winning, high performance shadecloth and is the perfect fabric solution for architectural shade sails and structures. Monotec 370 has no Re-Tensioning after installation, is highly wind & tear resistant and carries the industry’s only 15-year UV warranty; 10-year warranty for FR colors. For more information on Monotec 370 Shadecloth or any of our vinyl products, contact us at this link: Value Vinyls or call 877-716-6651. To learn more about Melanoma or to donate towards the fight against Melanoma click on this link: Melanoma Research Foundation

With the advanced technology that is now available in printing equipment, the ease of digital and screen printing is being used on almost any type of substrate. We are experiencing a higher demand for industrial vinyl material that is printable. One example where we have seen a significant increase is in the school systems for printable fabrics used in gymnasiums and field sports. More wall pads, gym mats and landing pads are being personalized with team mottos and logos done in school colors. The National Center for Educational Statistics indicates there are close to 100,000 public schools and over 33,000 private schools with an additional 7,000 post-secondary schools in the United States. Now that is a fair number of gymnasiums and fields used for sports! Many other institutions are using printable materials for similar applications, including over 36,000 Fitness Centers and 227 sports stadiums with a seating capacity of 20,000 + as several more examples. As well, there are many other industrial markets that are using fabric for messaging and advertising. With all that said the question is, do you have a need for printable industrial vinyl? Value Vinyls is the premiere supplier of industrial PVC for many industries in need of printable vinyl. We produce a wide variety of PVC laminated and coated reinforced vinyl fabrics and vinyl mesh for every type of industrial application. Our printable PVC vinyl is designed to be durable and available in many different colors and embosses. These products are treated against UV and mildew, assuring your indoor-outdoor products can withstand adverse weather conditions. On top of all that, we offer PVC vinyl options that are fire retardant and CPSIA (6P) certified, have no detection of DnHP (7P), contain the lowest levels of lead on the market, and are phthalate-free, guaranteeing they are safe for children. Here are just a few of our primary printable industrial vinyl offerings and the applications/markets they are being used in: Athletic Soluna – Used for Stadium Wall Pads Champion MVP14 – Used for Gym Wall Pad, Mats and other Indoor Athletic Components Impact 16 – Used for Dummies, Landing Mats and other Indoor and Outdoor Athletic Components Sportiva 18 – Gymnasium Child Shapes, Floor Mats, Wall Pads and other Indoor Athletic Components Transportation Advantage MVP 18 – Used for Truck Tarps, Outdoor Tarps, Specialty Industrial Uses SIOEN B6000 – Used for Truck Side Curtains and Speed Doors in Commercial Warehouses Structure Fabrics StructureTec 22 PVC Vinyl Tensile Structure Fabric – Used for Tent Tops & Siding Soluna – Used for Awnings Mesh Fabrics CrossCourt Dip Coated Mesh 8 – Used for Windscreen on Tennis Court & Construction Site Fencing To learn more about our entire line of printable industrial vinyl contact us at 877-716-6651 or click on this link: Contact Us

You could say that Tammy Glover, in many ways, is the face of Value Vinyls. Her infectious smile and bright personality have been radiant at the company for the last 22 years! Yes, that is not a typo… Tammy has been an important part of Value Vinyls for close to a quarter century and believe me, she knows her vinyl! We have customers that refuse to visit with anyone else! Tammy is a Texas girl born and raised here all her life. She has a golden heart and is always doing something special for someone in the office. Be it making a cake for a birthday or handing out candy at her desk to anyone who walks by, she is always making someone smile. Tammy knows much about the internal mechanics of Value Vinyls and is always ready to lend a hand where needed. She has held down a number of positions but her love for our valued customers has always brought her back to customer service and she wears the title of Sales Support Specialist with honor and conviction. Known for her customer relations, Tammy strives to make certain every order she handles, large or small gets the individual attention to detail and expediant results that will meet her expectations. Everything from what the customer orders to providing the best shipment options available are a priority. Tammy goes above and beyond to arrive at a positive outcome. For example, one day our phones went down and she immediately jumped into action to offer up her cell phone number so we could reroute all our incoming calls to her phone. She was one busy girl that day until the phones were fixed but did it with a smile and was happy to assist in an otherwise bad situation. We are certainly miles ahead of the curve with Tammy being a loyal and important part of Value Vinyls, but to be honest, every customer that crosses paths with Tammy is getting the Gold Star Treatment! Of course it goes without saying that our Customer Service Specialists whom she works with, Kimber Easthom and Amanda Bledsoe have only benefited from their working relationships and are assured to provide that same Gold Star Treatment!

The tornadoes that hit Canton, Texas and the surrounding area April 29th were devastating to many people. There are a lot of folks that need help, so we are reaching out by social media appealing to everyone that may be willing to donate. Here is a note from one of our customers that has been effected. With his help, we delivered some of our vinyl material to cover damaged rooftops. “Good morning!! A lot has gone on over the last 5 days for a lot of people in east TX. Not everyone was as lucky as I was. It looks like a different place out there now. A lot of people have lost everything and are struggling to pick up the pieces and move forward. Normally I am not short for words and I can ramble on forever. I wanted to say a quick thank you for all of the material I picked up yesterday. I can not express how much it means to everyone. I delivered all the material last night and was able to get one roof covered, two trucks that have no windows and hopefully 4 more roofs today. It was nice to see the smiles on their faces and to see a little relief in their eyes as we covered their roof. It means a lot. Not sure how we can ever repay you for it. If any of you ever need anything I hope I am the first call you make. I will be there. Thanks again, Nick Bouchard, Innovative Industrial Solutions“ We wanted to piggy back onto Nick’s effort as a call to action and a reminder for us to look after one another and make regular donations (money, clothes, food, etc.) to keep disaster relief charities stay prepared for times like these. The Red Cross and FEMA have been two of the most active charity organizations in the Canton area. There have also been several churches helping and other organizations as well. Follow this link for more information on where to donate: http://cw33.com/2017/05/01/east-texas-tornadoes-canton-recovery-how-to-help-east-texas-tornado-victims/ One family that Nick is aware of needing help is CJ and Brittani Harden. CJ and his family rode out the tornado as their house was completely taken away. They were lucky that they survived but they lost everything. Their house, barn and all of their personal belongings that were in the structures. There is a GoFundME page set up for them. Here is the link https://www.gofundme.com/cjandbrittani. We are sure there are a number of other families with GoFundMe accounts as well. Just as a note to those in the industry, CJ is a member of SWIFA and does electrical work for a lot of awning companies. We thank Nick Bouchard and all of you for your support!

Kevin Boeck is Value Vinyls’ Warehouse Manager with a tenacious attitude that gives him the drive and persistence to always work toward perfection. Kevin’s background comes from the Oilfield industry where providing support was a critical on-time requirement and the demand was now to avoid costly shut downs. He knows the meaning of urgent and the importance of time. Kevin manages 6 distribution warehouses for Value Vinyls across the US and Canada, representing over 250,000 square feet of space and exceeding well over one million yards of stocked inventory. Boeck is quick to comment on this task saying, “we can handle the necessary demands our customers have come to expect”. With specializing in expedited shipment and timely deliveries, Kevin has a work background of on-time results, making his work ethic the right formula for meeting if not exceeding customer service demands. Kevin has the same expectations from his warehouse support team. As Kevin puts it, “Striving to meet our customer’s needs is priority one with how my team and I conduct business and with my team’s attention to detail, our customers will benefit from the correct stock being available and the accurate filling of orders”. Kevin also has a strong history of working directly with trucking companies, negotiating the best possible rates which allows Value Vinyls to provide the least expense in freight costs, yet highest quality service when shipping with us. Known for his outstanding customer relations, Kevin is always available to visit directly with our valued customers. We are proud to have Kevin Boeck as our Warehouse Manager, a true Pro for Value Vinyls!

By: Marc Shellshear / Dr. Shade Typical testing for shade cloth is as important as the fabric itself! The reason is evident; when you spend the time and money to build an expensive structure that holds the shade cloth itself, you want the fabric to withstand all elements. In this article, we are going to discuss typical testing for commercial shade cloth. There are several tests that are considered standard tests. Australia leads the globe in shade cloth protection so their standards are the benchmark for testing shade cloth, most companies test to Australian standards. Value Vinyls is the sole distributor and stocks a full color line of Monotec 370 Shade Cloth, manufactured in Australia. First is a simple test used to determine the weight of the fabric however, weight doesn’t always equate to strength. There are many fabrics in the market that are lighter than others, but still out perform in the field of overall strength. It has everything to do with the way in which they are knitted. Monotec 370 shade cloth is one of the highest in weight and later in this article I will discuss the strength factors. The test standard for this test is AS2001.2.13 Next is a breaking force test; because knitted fabrics are opposite of woven fabrics, the warp yarns are traditionally the weaker of the two yarns. Breaking force tests are performed in both the warp and weft directions of the fabric. The Monotec shade cloth outperforms other products in both the warp and weft fibers in terms of breaking force. The test standard for this test is AS2001.2.13 Another test is elongation, which is important because it determines how much pre-stress you can put on the fabric and determines the difficulty involved with patterning the fabric as you must account for the stretch factor when patterning. When it comes to elongation, the lower the number the better as that means less patterning concerns and the ability to tension on-site without possibilities of fabric stretching once it conforms to the environment. The closer the numbers are between the warp and weft also determine dimensional stability in the knit pattern itself. The Monotec product has a 24.4% differential in warp and weft. Monofilament yarns unlike tape yarns, have memory and do return to their original shape and size if stretched. Monotec 370 is one of the few all round monofilament fabrics on the market today and can stretch over 50% under load (IE: snow) and still return to its original shape and size. The test standard for this test is AS2001.2.13 Then there is the tear resistance test, which is just as it states; the ability to resist tearing and nothing in the market today resists tearing like Monotec 370 Shade Cloth. Tear resistance is also measured in both the warp and weft directions. The test standard for this test is AS2001.2.13 A final test looks at bursting pressure and bursting force which is the ability to resist impact tested in two different methods and again nothing will outperform the Monotec 370 product. The test standard for this test is AS2001.2.13 There are other important standards relating to shade cloth such as flame retardancy where fire codes would be involved with the structure. Monotec is one of the few products available that passes multiple fire ratings and has a California State Fire Marshall Title 19 approval, this is important when permitting projects as fire codes are becoming more stringent on fabric structures. Finally, one of the most important factors to consider when evaluating shade cloth is the Warranty it carries. Monotec offers the best warranty in the industry and has an award-winning reputation internationally. The life of the shade cloth depends on the construction and more importantly the quality of the UV stabilizer in the material of the shade cloth. Because the shade cloth absorbs some of the UVR, a shade cloth with less UV stabilizer may break-down, or fail in sunlight faster than other fabrics. This is the primary reason Monotec offers a 15-year warranty against UV failure on its Non-FR shade cloths as well as a 10 year on the FR shade cloth as flame retardants offset UV stabilizers. If you want to learn more about Monotec 370, contact me, Dr. Shade at marc@valuevinyls.com or call us at 877-959-7902, as we have the published data for most of our competitors and can provide you with the tools to compare Monotec to any of the competitors.

ARTICLE BY: Marc Shellshear / Dr. Shade Many different coatings, chemicals, and characteristics can be incorporated into fabrics to make them last longer, have better durability and different appearances. Soluna fabric is a 19-oz. waterproof fabric with a low sheen orange peel emboss. The interesting thing about this product is that it looks like an acrylic from a distance but has all the characteristics of a PVC. That means you can have the look and feel of acrylic but meet all the flame-retardancy requirements as the Soluna product passes ASTM E-84, NFPA-701, and CSFM – Title 19. Soluna has been used for awnings, canopies, and many other Industrial and Athletic applications because it is highly resistant to mildew and fungus and comes with a 5-year UV warranty. Value Vinyls has tested the product to over 1000 hours in our QUV testing machine with no fading. The orange peel emboss gives the product a unique matte finish and the acrylic lacquer adds to the overall durability of the product. The Soluna product is a unique alternative to traditional PVC and traditional Acrylic. As a fabricator in the industry for over 20 years, I view our Soluna product to be a truly unique product for your customer’s applications. The product is easily weldable using hot air, wedge, or RF/HF welding. Additionally, it has a great hand, is easy to fabricate and offers your customers a unique solution to an old problem of water repellant versus waterproof with Acrylic awning fabrics. Soluna is also easy for commercial permitting because of the multiple fire ratings. Contact myself at marc@valuevinyls.com / 940-205-0434 or contact our Value Vinyls Sales Support team at info@valuevinyls.com / 877-716-6651 if you are interested in receiving more information regarding Soluna and samples.  

Value Vinyls is pleased to announce Marc Shellshear as our new Director of Sales – Structure Fabrics. Marc (aka Dr. Shade) is well known and highly regarded in the fabrics industry. Marc’s technical and sales experience offers over 20 years of expertise in the specialty textiles, architectural, engineering and construction industries. Previously, Marc was Vice President of Commercial Sales at Gale Pacific Inc. for nearly two years and Senior Vice President of Sales Administration at USA Shade & Fabric Structures for five years. Marc’s many notable professional projects include Nissan and Volkswagen Auto Plants in Tennessee, Texas Rangers Ballpark, Texas Motor Speedway, Walmart stores, Kmart stores, Tucson International Airport, George Bush International Airport-Houston as well as many medical and military facilities. His vast array of experience and achievements in the industry have earned him several positions of leadership and public business groups. This includes IFAI (Industrial Fabrics Association International) Education Committee Chairman, FSA (Fabric Structures Association) Current Board of Directors, Lifetime Master Fabric Craftsman Certification and Lifetime Industrial Fabric Manager Certification, among many others. With Marc’s in depth experience, he is sought after to speak at engagements such as structure, shadecloth and construction seminars and trade shows. Since 1984, Value Vinyls has been committed to offering quality industrial and structure fabrics by listening to our customers’ needs and providing a high level of service. We invite you to contact Marc for any structure or architectural fabric needs. He can be reached at marc@valuevinyls.com or call 940-205-0434. We look forward to any request or challenge and are ready to help you with all your structure fabrics requirements.

Soluna For Awnings and Canopies

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Soluna is a 19 oz. waterproof fabric with a low sheen orange peel emboss. This material is excellent for awnings, canopies, or any commercial area where there is a need for shade from the sun and extending product life. Soluna can also be used for Industrial and Athletic applications. Soluna is highly resistant to mildew and fungus including UV additives for exception resistance to UV rays. This material is dimensionally stable to eliminate sagging. Additionally Soluna has superior tensile and tear strength for long outdoor durability and is flame resistant to the standards of ASTM E-84. It has an acrylic lacquer on the front side which allows for easy printing.

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