SHEERFILL® Architectural Membrane is used as a permanent tensioned membrane structure in the sports, transportation, retail and specialty markets. The composite materials used in the membrane are made of fiberglass and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). SHEERFILL Architectural Membrane fabrics are available in a range of strengths and light transmission levels.
SHEERFILL Architectural Membrane materials are most commonly used as roofing membranes to cover virtually any size structure from a full-sized stadium to a much smaller skylight.
The ORIGINAL PERMANENT Architectural Membrane, SHEERFILL I has proven itself as the strongest, longest-lasting architectural membrane material on the planet. Installed in 1973 at the University of La Verne in California, the original roofing membrane is still in service and shows no signs of need for replacement.
SHEERFILL I (with EverClean) Data Sheets: ASTM/DIN
With a nearly ideal balance of strength and light transmission, SHEERFILL II architecural membrane has become the workhorse of the industry, providing exceptional life and value while allowing for long, column-free spans and dramatic designs.
SHEERFILL II (with EverClean) Data Sheets: ASTM/DIN
By increasing the amount of natural light entering a space, and thus decreasing the need for daylighting, SHEERFILL IIA further enables improvement in the comfort of a building’s occupants, while maintaining the reliability and strength demanded even in the most challenging conditions.
Offering the key characteristics of unsurpassed fire safety, low maintenance and higher light transmission, SHEERFILL V is engineered for use in smaller tensioned fabric structures in less demanding conditions.
SHEERFILL V (with EverClean) Data Sheets: ASTM / DIN
With the highest light transmission available on our full width coated architectural membranes, Ultralux enables dramatic designs where high light tranmission is a priority for tensioned fabric structures.
In contrast to traditional roofing membrane materials that would require frequent replacement, tests prove that SHEERFILL Architectural Membranes provide up to 25 years or more of reliable service. There is no relaxation of the re-tensioned membrane from its original shape, even after years of withstanding high live loads, such as heavy snows and high winds. This keeps maintenance costs low, not requiring retensioning of the membrane.
High Energy Efficiency
SHEERFILL membrane transmits up to 20% of daylight without the heat gain of traditional glazings. Shaded areas remain bright, yet cool, even on the hottest days. HVAC costs are lower compared to other glazing alternatives, because SHEERFILL minimizes the need for heat dissipation. Reduced lighting requirements during the day also result in a substantial reduction in energy costs.
SHEERFILL PTFE membrane structures are translucent, noncombustible composites made with fiberglass and Teflon®. SHEERFILL has a Class A rating, and an overall performance in regard to permanent building codes, including fire codes. Noncombustible properties are inherent in these materials that do not degrade over time.
Stain Resistant for Enduring Beauty
The translucent characteristics and visual appeal of SHEERFILL membranes are unaffected by age, climate, pollutants or discoloration. Its impervious Teflon coating makes SHEERFILL highly resistant to staining. SHEERFILL membrane repels airborne particulates and chemicals that adhere to other materials. The natural action of rain keeps the surface clean and white.
Outdoor Lighting for Indoor Comfort
SHEERFILL Architectural Membranes enable the construction of buildings with a stunning architectural profile, but the true beauty lies in the membrane’s superior ability to transmit light. SHEERFILL brings the open, airy feeling of color-correct light indoors, filling even large sports complexes and industrial facilities with the diffuse, natural daylight, while the backlit luminosity at night creates a unique and dramatic architectural signature on the skyline.
Greater Versatility and Building Utility
SHEERFILL meets fire code requirements for virtually all types of construction, and remains unchanged in temperatures ranging from -100°F to +450°F. SHEERFILL tensioned membranes offer architects new flexibility in design. A variety of panel shapes can be combined into endless geometric configurations, allowing architects to address complex aesthetic and functional challenges while creating buildings of stunning beauty and excitement.