Reinforced Fabrics: Vinyl, Polyethylene and Polypropylene and When to Use Each

Industrial fabrics are designed to offer strength and durability. High-wear situations, exposure to the elements and military applications require reinforced fabrics. Often, these fabrics may be laminated or coated in vinyl to be more resistant to punctures or tears. Polyethylene and polypropylene are two other common polymers used in the manufacturing of industrial fabrics. What do these three types of reinforced fabrics have in common, and what situations call for the use of which one?

Reinforced polypropylene fabric
Reinforced polypropylene


Vinyl fabrics can be created in a variety of types, textures and colors, making them very versatile. We offer a wide range of vinyl products, including our transparent vinyl welding curtains and vinyl coated polyester sports tarps, among many others. Industrial tarps, awnings and other window-coverings are typically manufactured using vinyl or vinyl coatings, offering protection and versatility for outdoor consumer products.


Look under your kitchen sink or in your bathroom and you’ll likely find products made with polyethylene–it’s the world’s most common plastic. Polyethylene is used to make a wide variety of products including grocery bags, shampoo bottles and many children’s toys. Clearly versatile, polyethylene has a very simple structure and is fairly inexpensive to make. Luckily, it is also one of the easiest types of plastic to recycle in the United States (at least the high-density form). Surprising uses include in bullet proof vests — ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene, or UHMWPE, is such a strong fiber it can replace Kevlar — or in large sheets to replace ice in ice rinks. Design-wise, polyethylene can also be desirable in situations that require clear fabrication; the polymer can be produced optically clear, or “see-through.”

We offer a range of polyethylene products, including flame retardant options for warehouses or other high-heat industries.


Another vinyl polymer, polypropylene can be used as both a plastic and a fiber, making it very versatile. As a plastic, polypropylene is used to make things like dishwasher-safe containers. As a fiber, polypropylene can be used for indoor-outdoor carpeting, like what you’d find at miniature golf courses or around swimming pools. It works well in these outdoor situations because the fibers can be colored easily, and polypropylene does not absorb water. More fiber polypropylene uses include upholstery, like on boats or deck furniture. Unlike polyethylene, polypropylene cannot be produced clear, but can be made translucent like milk jugs.

Which type do I need?

Vinyl, polyethylene and polypropylene are versatile industrial fabric options. So how do you know when to use which one? First, consider the application. Do you need increased durability, a specific color or water protection? What about cost requirements? The experts at Mauritzon are here to answer any questions and help you select the best product for your situation.

PVC Strip Doors
PVC Strip Doors

Between polypropylene and polyethylene, polypropylene is considered to be more resistant to chemicals and organic solvents than polyethylene, so it might be a better bet for manufacturing facilities. Polypropylene is also less flexible, so consider your need for a stretchable fabric before deciding between the two.

This is only a general overview of the different kinds of industrial textile materials; contact us with any questions at or toll free at 800-621-4352. We would love to help you find the perfect industrial textile products you need!

Protect Your Equipment from Melting Snow with the Right Drainage Tarp Protection

Winter is right around the corner, and for many of us, that means impending snow. Whether we receive light dustings or lake effect snowstorms, we want to insure our facilities and the valuables within are protected from the weather. Read on to learn about some of the products Mauritzon offers to protect against water damage from leaks.

Water damage can happen to any roof, but flat roofs are particularly prone to drainage issues. Manufacturing facilities are often built with flat roofs to save space and cost. When heavy snow accumulates, any damage or leaks on the roof can let water seep in. Often, water damage goes unnoticed until water is actually leaking in the facility. If the roof should become compromised, it’s wise to have the appropriate leak materials on hand.

Mauritzon offers products which are designed to protect personnel and equipment from water damage should leaks occur. As a leading manufacturer of industrial textile products, we offer a line of tarps that is designed specifically to offer protection against leaks. Our Heavy Duty Roof Leak Diverters and Drainage Tarps catch water and safely drain it from the work area. A center drain spout easily connects to a hose that then serves as the downspout. We offer a variety of sizes to best protect your work area.

We offer three drainage tarp models:

  • Medium Duty Drainage Tarps: Strong yet lightweight, these tarps use a special design to effectively catch and drain water safely away from the work area. Heavy D-rings sewn into each corner to facilitate hanging. This specially designed tarp is available in sizes from 5’ X 5’ to 20’ x 20’.
  • Heavy Duty Drainage Tarps:  Made out of our standard heavy duty flame retardant 13 oz. translucent vinyl. Available in Vinyl Colors. Available in sizes 7’x7’ through 20’x20’.
  • Anti-Static Drainage Tarps: A new, high tech flame retardant and anti-static, white vinyl water leak diverting tarp provides great protection against water damage to computers, electronic equipment, etc. This tarp is made of white 11 oz. anti-static vinyl. It includes plastic D-rings for easy installation and a threaded nipple for standard garden hose (not included) attachment. These drainage tarps are available in sizes from 7’ x 7’ to 20’ x 20’.

At Mauritzon we have the capabilities to manufacture tarpaulins and roofing accessories that meet the needs of any roofing application. Contact us to learn how to weather the winter.

Help Your Clients Prepare for Winter Weather:

Clear PVC Curtains and Snow Tarps

With the holiday season approaching and snow soon on its way, your clients are surely hoping to bolster their bottom line. How can they best protect their products and cater to their clientele during the wintry months? One savvy way to better serve customers during the chill is with our Clear PVC Curtains. These tarps and curtains, made of clear PVC, allow outdoor spaces like patios to be used year-round. Restaurants can avoid losing outdoor seating during inclement weather with these curtains that provide protection from wind, rain, and snow while still allowing light. Another benefit is mildew and grease resistance, protecting seating and serving products from the elements

These Clear PVC Curtains are manufactured with reinforced hems for durability, and flame retardant material is available.

Another way clients can protect themselves during winter is with our Snow Tarps. Ideal for keeping construction sites clear of snow, these snow removal tarps are simple and effective to use — clients can place the tarp out before snow and remove it afterward when ready to work, revealing a snow-free space. Reinforced corners and steel O-rings contribute to a 6,000-12,000 lb. break strength webbing. Rings can be attached to a crane or lift to reveal a clear, dry area. Avoid lost work time with our quality snow tarps, all manufactured in our Chicago facility.

Economy Snow Tarp (20’ x 20’ 6,000 lb. break strength webbing) 

Premium Snow Tarp (20’ x 20’ 12,000 lb. break strength webbing)

We know your clients can’t let winter’s weather hamper their ability to do their jobs. Mauritzon sells a variety of outdoor textiles for your customers’ needs. Talk to one of our representatives today at (773) 235-6000.


Welding Curtains, Blankets, and Screens

Welding Safety Products

Safety precautions during the welding process are extremely important, but also very easy if you have the right equipment. Mauritzon’s welding curtains, blanket, and screens are the perfect solution to maintain safety during welding projects.

Welding Curtains

Mauritzon’s heat resistant welding curtains are designed to safely confine hazardous sparks, arcs and open flames while welding. The curtains can be used to create custom-designed work areas for your customers to keep themselves and their employees safe.

The applications for this product include grinding shields, privacy dividers, dust and splash confinement, splash protection, climate control and welding enclosures and more.

welding curtains

Mauritzon offers the following welding curtains:

  • 12 oz. Olive Drab Welding Curtains
  • 12 oz. Flame Retardant Vinyl Welding Curtains
  • 14 MIL Weldview Vinyl Welding Curtains
  • 20 MIL Clear Flame Retardant Vinyl Welding Curtains
  • Insta-Curtain Welding Curtains

Welding Screens

Our welding screens significantly reduce the amount of dangerous UV light emitted during the welding process. They keep those in the general vicinity from being temporarily blinded or burned from the flashes of light that come from welding torches.

Mauritzon’s welding screens feature rugged tubular steel construction and one-piece curtains for complete elimination of light transmission between panels. Mauritzon’s multi-panel screens feature hinged corners which eliminate connectors which you have to purchase with other systems. All screens are furnished with platform legs.

Welding screens

Mauritzon offers the following welding screens:

  • Single Panel Welding Screens with Platform Legs
  • Two Panel Welding Screens with Straight Legs
  • Three Panel Welding Screens with Straight Legs
  • Four Panel Welding Screens with Platform Legs

Welding Blankets

Our welding blankets are designed to protect the welder, surrounding people, and equipment during welding projects. Our flexible welding blankets are flame retardant and can withstand extremely high temperatures, ensuring that your customers are always meeting safety requirements.

The applications for our welding blankets include grinding shields, privacy dividers, dust/splash/spray confinement, and welding enclosures.

Welding blankets

Mauritzon offers the following welding blankets:

  • 17 oz. Salmon Welding Blankets & Curtains
  • 18 oz. Heat Treated Fiberglass Welding Blankets & Curtains
  • Insul-Shield Fiberglass Welding Blankets & Curtains
  • 21 oz. Black Slag Shed Blankets & Curtains
  • 24 oz. Gold Slag Shed Blankets & Curtains
  • 18 oz. Aluminized Fiberglass Blankets & Curtains
  • Silica Welding Blankets & Curtains

Learn More

If you’re interested in our welding blankets, screens, or curtains, or one of our many other products and want to learn more, get in touch! Feel free to email us at or call us at 800.621.4352. One of our excellent representatives will be happy to help you with any questions you may have. If you’re interested in our full product listings, you can find them on our website at

Super Shade Mesh Fabrics

Super Shade Mesh

Help your customers beat the heat with Mauritzon’s high-quality Super Shade Mesh. This product’s proven strength and durability will allow them to enjoy the outdoors in the cool shade.

Our Super Shade Mesh is the perfect outdoor mesh fabric for all shade structures and canopies. It’s designed to allow air flow to significantly reduce temperatures beneath. When you add this product to your inventory, you’re helping your customers find a comfortable, relaxing place to escape the summer sun.

Super Shade Mesh Features

In the production process, the mesh goes through a heat process known as “stentering”. This is a process in which heat sets the fabric to produce a stable and consistent material that has minimal shrinkage. This ensures that your Super Shade Mesh fabrics will last far longer than lower quality alternatives.

Super Shade Mesh fabrics

Our Super Shade Mesh’s knitted construction prevents tearing and fraying. It also features a high UV resistance that ensures colors remain vivid for years. The high-quality knitted fabric construction combines monofilament and tape to produce a dimensionally stable fabric. This means that tearing and fraying during (even when cut) is not a worry.

Our Super Shade Mesh is highly resistant to mold and mildew, which makes it easy to clean. In addition, the breathable fabric significantly reduces the temperature in the shade it provides. As with many of our fabrics, the Super Shade Mesh is proudly made in the USA.

This product is available in a variety of colors for your convenience, including:

  • White
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Black
  • Tan
  • Gray

Learn More

If you’re interested in our Super Shade Mesh, or one of our many other products and want to learn more, get in touch! Feel free to email us at or call us at 800.621.4352. One of our excellent representatives will be happy to help you with any questions you may have. If you’re interested in our full product listings, you can find them on our website at

Awnmax Antiwicking Scrim, Hard Acrylic Topcoat Awning Fabrics

Awnmax Awning Fabrics

Awnmax awnings are one of the most high-quality awning fabrics on the market today. They provide homes and businesses across the country with superior shade along with proven strength and durability.

There are many benefits that come along with using Awnmax awning fabrics. These awnings are tried and tested products in the industrial fabric industry. So, when you purchase Awnmax fabrics, you know you’re providing the very best for your customers.

Sizing and Colors

Awnmax antiwicking awnings come in a standard size of 19.1 oz/sq yd. This fabric is available in all colors with a width of 80 inches. Awnmax fabrics are also available in custom colors to match the aesthetic your customers are looking for. This product boasts an unrivaled dye lot consistency, ensuring the awnings maintain a fresh, professional appearance.

Awnmax awning fabrics

The Benefits

There are many advantages to using Awnmax awning fabrics. Let’s take a look at just a few reasons why this product is in such high demand:

Easy Maintenance

The NZ-1 Acrylic topcoat provides superior cleanability, making maintenance simple. The hard-acrylic topcoat also allows the fabric to resist marking and bruising, keeping it looking as bright and fresh as the day it’s purchased.


The Awnmax antiwicking awning has proven durability performance, keeping it in working condition for years to come. It also comes with an 8-year trouble free track record.


Awnmax awning fabrics have an unparalleled translucency. This means that light moves evenly and vibrantly over the fabric. It also retains its daytime color when backlit, allowing your customers to keep the vibrant color at all times of the day and night. The patented scrim provides superior strength and is virtually invisible when backlit.


Awnmax awning fabrics have excellent R.F. weldability. In addition, the fabric accepts 3M scotch translucent films.

Fire Retardant

Awnmax awning fabrics meet all of the certifications for fire retardant regulations, including: CSFM NFPA 701, CAN ULC S109M, UL214, ASTM-D568, and SDTM-E84 tests. Therefore, your customers can rest easy knowing that their awning is safe for their home or business.

Learn More

If you’re interested in our Awnmax Scrim, Hard Acrylic Topcoat Awning Fabrics, and want to learn more, feel free to email us at or call us at 800.621.4352. One of our excellent representatives will be happy to help you with any questions you may have. If you’re interested in our full product listings, you can find them on our website at

745 FR/98 Flame Retardant Polyester Vinyl Fabrics

745 FR/98 Flame Retardant Polyester Vinyl Fabrics

Sattler’s 745 FR/98 Flame Retardant Polyester Vinyl Fabrics are a flame-retardant PV-coated membrane. This fabric features a strong polyester base combined with an adequately thick, knife-coated PVC layer. With this product, your customers will get the fabric they rely on for heavy-duty applications.

Our 745 FR Flame Retardant Polyester Vinyl Fabrics have excellent durability with 18.9 oz/sq yards. It has excellent adhesion for strong welding seams.

This fabric also comes with a standard width of 98 inches. If your customers want something larger, this fabric can be sized up to 125 inches upon request.

745 FR/98 Flame Retardant Polyester Vinyl Fabrics

One of the features that attracts customers to this fabric in particular is its self-cleaning properties. It makes maintenance quick and easy while allowing your customers enjoy the fabric without having to worry about a degrading appearance.

This polyester vinyl fabric also has great UV-resistance and color and weather fastness. Your customers will be able to enjoy the vibrant color of the fabric for much longer than other awning fabrics on the market.

Fabric Applications:

  • Light Structures
  • Fixed Awnings
  • Canopies
  • Tents
  • Partition Curtains

This fabric is a great option for many different applications, because of its versatile features. It provides superior coverage from the elements and also has the strength to withstand even the most difficult conditions.

The 745 FR/98 fabric comes in a variety of colors, including:

  • Traffic White
  • Road Gray
  • Moss Green
  • Ruby Red
  • Mocca
  • Chocolate
  • Jet Black
  • Deep Blue
  • Opal Green
  • Oyster White

Learn More

If you’re interested in our 745 FR/98 Flame Retardant Polyester Vinyl Fabrics, and want to learn more, feel free to email us at or call us at 800.621.4352. One of our excellent representatives will be happy to help you with any questions you may have. If you’re interested in our full product listings, you can find them on our website at

Recacril® Acrylic Awning Fabrics

Recacril® Acrylic Awning Fabrics

Awnings serve a dual purpose – they’re both functional and decorative. They provide much needed shade during the summertime and protection from the elements. They’re also great decorative pieces that allow your customers to showcase their style. At Mauritzon, have over a hundred awning fabric colors available. So, it’s easy for you to offer your customers a wide array of options that will fit with the aesthetic of their home or business.

Our Recacril® acrylic awning fabrics are also available in many different color styles. This includes solids, fantasy colors, classic blockstripes, semi-classic blockstripes, all offered in an abundance of colors. If you’d like to take a look, you can see our full color options here.

Recacril awning fabrics in red

What We Have to Offer

There are many awning brands available on the market today. We’re especially proud to carry Recacril® Acrylic Awning Fabrics for our customers. Proven in Europe, with over 50 years of experience, the Recacril® line is perfect for awnings, marine and other outdoor applications.

With its tight weave, Recacril® provides outstanding water resistance and fabric stability. Additionally, all of the spinning and weaving processing involved in making Recacril® fabrics are optimized to provide a high tensile and tear strength.

Our Recacril® awning fabrics are designed with your customer’s needs in mind. Its high resistance to water and dirt means that maintenance is quick and easy. Recacril awning fabrics are also climate resistant, so rot is never an issue.

Recacril awning fabrics used as a table umbrella

Learn More

If you’re interested in our Recacril® acrylic awning fabrics and want to learn more about how our products could fit with your customers, feel free to reach out. We would love to hear from you! You can email us at or call us at 800.621.4352. One of our excellent representatives will be happy to assist you with any questions that you may have. Looking for other fabrics as well? You can see our full product listings on our website at

Heavy Duty Vinyl Coated Mesh Tarps

Heavy duty vinyl coated mesh tarps are great for a number of reasons. They offer the shade, cover, drainage and privacy that your customers need and expect for rough applications. We have a wide selection of different sizes and colors. So, whatever your customers’ particular needs are, we’re able to help!

Our mesh tarps are designed to withstand even the most severe applications. They’re all made from high quality vinyl coated mesh material, so you can trust that they’ll be able to withstand whatever your customers have to throw at them. Our tarps are also extremely strong and provide maximum weather protection.

Heavy duty vinyl coated mesh tarps in a variety of colors

We offer a variety of colors options including:

  • Red
  • White
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Black
  • Yellow
  • Gray
  • Orange
  • Tan
  • Burgundy
  • Multi-Color

Our heavy duty vinyl coated mesh tarps have high abrasion resistance. In addition to this, they also resist oil, acid, grease and mildew. The spur grommets have 24” centers. Their high tear strength is excellent for truck, construction, industrial, and agriculture covers and more.

Are you looking for flame retardant vinyl coated mesh? You can have this specially ordered for interior coverages, such as gymnasium divider curtains or warehouse partition curtains. If you would like to see our product in person, we offer samples of all of our tarps which are available upon request.

Please note that our tarpaulins may actually finish 3-5% less in size for cut-sized. If you’d prefer a finished size, please request this when you place your order.

Red heavy duty vinyl coated mesh tarp

Learn More

If you’re interested in our heavy duty vinyl coated mesh tarps and want to learn more, feel free to email us at or call us at 800.621.4352. One of our excellent representatives will be happy to help you with any questions you may have. You can also see our full product listings on our website at

Ballistic Nylon Industrial Fabrics

Ballistic nylon is a type of industrial fabric designed for maximum durability and abrasion resistance. The fabric is a multifilament high tenacity, 2X2 basket weave nylon fabric. Ballistic nylon fabrics are the top-performing choice for any application where strength and abrasion resistance are a top priority. The weave used to make this fabric also makes it highly resistant to tears in all directions.

Black ballistic nylon fabric swatch

History of Ballistic Fabrics

Ballistic industrial fabrics go back to the Vietnam war era when it was used by the military as anti-fragmentation jackets. Multiple layers of the fabric were laminated together to prevent exploding shrapnel, gunfire, fragmentation and other heavy impacts.

Eventually, the armed forces realized that while ballistic nylon fabrics provided a high level of protection, it didn’t protect against heavy artillery. As a result, the military discontinued its use soon after. The material then made its way to the consumer market in the 1980s. Today, its strong and durable nature makes it an extremely in-demand fabric for a variety of products across many different industries.

Today’s Usage

Black ballistic nylon phone case

Ballistic nylon fabrics are great for heavy duty applications in products like:

  • Luggage
  • Backpacks
  • Heavy Duffel Bags
  • Camera Cases
  • Military Cases
  • Tactical Gear

This type of fabric is also a standard fabric for heavy duty protective covers, office furniture, motorcycle jackets, tool belts, and many custom products.

What We Can Offer You

Mauritzon offers high quality ballistic nylon industrial fabrics. Our products feature a 1 oz. urethane coating and durable water repellency. This product also features exceptional tear strength and abrasion characteristics. The standard color is black, however military colors are also available upon request.

If you’re interested in our ballistic nylon industrial fabrics and want to learn more, feel free to email us at or call us at 800.621.4352. One of our excellent representatives will be happy to help you with any questions you may have. You can also see our full product listings on our website at