Specialty fabrics 101

Specialty fabrics 101 is a resource provided by IFAI containing all of the basic specialty fabrics industry information and definitions you need to know.

General

Industry definitions
A list of specialty fabrics industry definitions provided by the IFAI Building Code Committee.

Awnings & canopies

Awning and canopy fabric
What types of fabric exist, and how to select the right ones.

Awning and canopy and design glossary
This glossary covers awning fabric attachment methods, fabric terminology, fabric types and graphics.

Glossary of awning terms
All of the terms you need to know when working with awnings.

Geosynthetics

Drainage materials
An overview of drainage materials and their applications.

Erosion control materials
An overview of erosion control materials and their applications.

Geocells
An overview of geocells and their applications.

Geogrids
An overview of geogrids and their applications.

Geomembranes
An overview of geomembranes and their applications.

Geosynthetic clay liners
An overview of geosynthetic clay liners and their applications.

Geotextiles
An overview of geotextiles and their applications.

Graphics

Fabric facts
There are no easy answers or “magic” fibers, yarns, finishes, and coatings to meet every printed application.

Graphics applications
The key to selecting the proper fabric is knowing the function a banner or graphic element is to perform.

Lightweight structures

Fabric structures
The material’s role in the structure’s performance makes the selection process especially important.

Standardized definitions for tents and fabric structures
Standardized definitions help code officials understand just exactly what tents and fabric structures are and how they differ from rigid structures.

Marine

Marine Fabric Spec Guide
This fabric data guide is an informative tool used by marine fabricators in the critical area of fabric specification.

Safety, technical and medical

Ballistic fabrics
INFOcentral explains the different types of ballistic fabrics.

Flame-resistant fabrics
Information on the latest in FR qualities and regulations.

Nonwovens
Industry experts define nonwovens.

Tents & temporary shelters

Standardized definitions for tents and fabric structures
Standardized definitions help code officials understand just exactly what tents and fabric structures are and how they differ from rigid structures.

Tent basics
The Tent Rental Division (TRD) of IFAI provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions in the tent industry.

Tent types & uses
The TRD defines the four basic styles of tents.

Understanding fabric force terms
A glossary of terms from a tent industry expert.