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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 info@mauritzon.net or toll free at 800-621-4352. We would love to help you find the perfect industrial textile products you need!

Mauritzon Celebrates National Manufacturing Day October 7

nmd-image-sept-2016Every October, companies across the U.S., Mexico, and Canada celebrate National Manufacturing Day. The day was created in part by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International®, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and the Manufacturing Institute. It is a day meant to focus on the challenges that many companies in the industry face, such as addressing misconceptions of what manufacturing really means.

Companies are invited to open their doors to the public and to STEM students to give them a better understanding of the manufacturing world. It is also a day to support communities and to encourage future generations to enter the manufacturing industry, which is ample with solid work opportunities. The idea is that if people are able to first hand experience the manufacturing workplace, they will better understand what manufacturing is and how it can better impact their lives and communities.

By banding together, companies can address issues that face the industry, such as a shortage of skilled labor, a misrepresented image of manufacturing, and how to connect with future generations to increase interest. Although the day is scheduled for October 7 this year, companies can always register their events for any time of year on the website.

Mauritzon is a wholesale manufacturer of textile products. We specialize in industrial fabrics, awning and marine fabrics, welding blankets, curtains and screens, athletic covers, tarpaulins, divider curtains, hardware and findings and custom products made out of canvas, polyethylene, vinyl, and neoprene.

With over 100 years in business and five generations of family ownership, Mauritzon has worked with hundreds of industries. We understand the importance manufacturing plays in the U.S. economy and believe in supporting National Manufacturing Day to better showcase the many facets our industry encompasses.

Prevent the Weather from Ruining Structures and Valuables with the Right Overhead Rain Protection

In some parts of the country it feels like the rainy season will never end. The Midwest is seeing record flooding, the East is being hit with deluges of rain, and the West fluctuates between devastating drought conditions and heavy rain and hail storms. As we all know, it is impossible to predict the unpredictable, so it is best to be prepared to weather any storm.

Many manufacturing facilities are built with flat roofs because they are cost and space efficient. When constructed and maintained properly, flat roofs last for years although they can be prone to drainage issues. In severe weather conditions, water damage and problems can go unnoticed until water is leaking into the facility.

In cases where the roof is compromised, but a professional is unable Drainage Tarps Nov. 2015to make quick repairs, there are much better options than buckets placed to collect leaks. Roofers are always prepared for emergency situations and can provide temporary protection against a compromised roof system. With products like Roof Leak Diverters Drainage Tarps, personnel and equipment is protected from water damage if leaks do occur.

As a leading manufacturer of industrial textile products, we have developed a line of tarps that are designed specifically to offer protection against a leaking roof. Our leak diverter drainage tarps do exactly as advertised–when attached under the leak, the tarps catch the water and safely drain it away from the work area. A center drain spout easily connects to a hose that serves as the downspout to direct the water to a safer location. We offer three drainage tarp models:

Light Duty Drainage Tarps: Made from 12 mil reinforced polyethylene, this tarp is the economical choice for most situations. With heavy sewn-in D-rings for secure hanging, the specially designed tarp is available in sizes from 2’ X 2” to 30’ x 30’.

Heavy Duty Drainage Tarps: Constructed from standard heavy duty flame-retardant 13 oz. translucent vinyl in various colors and with heavy D-rings sewn into it. Sizes range from 2’ x 2’ to 20’ x 20’.

Anti-Static Drainage Tarps: In areas with electronic components and equipment, this high tech flame- retardant, anti-static resistant white vinyl tarp is the most appropriate leak diverter. Made from 11 oz. anti-static vinyl and has plastic D-rings for easy installation. These drainage tarps are available in sizes from 5’ x 5’ to 20’ x 20’.Roofer Utilities Bag Nov. 2015

In addition to roof leak diverter drainage tarps, we also provide
roofing professionals with products such as Tear-Off Tarps and Roofers/Utility Bags. Tear-off tarps are made from super strong 40 oz./sq. yd. black vinyl coated fabric that is sewn with a crisscross and plus pattern. Heavy steel O-rings and 2” yellow high strength webbing make this the ideal way to lift and remove debris from roofs. Our 26 oz. heavy #4 natural canvas, all purpose, roofers bag is used to carry and hoist lightweight equipment and tools. General utility bags are made from 10 oz. natural canvas in sizes ranging from 24” to 38” high.

At Mauritzon, we have the capabilities to manufacture tarpaulins and roofing accessories that meet the needs of any roofing application. Visit our website to learn how to weather the next storm.

Vinyl, Polyethylene and Polypropylene Offer Advantages to End-Users of Industrial Textile Products

As summer winds down this month, it’s time to start thinking ahead: It will soon be time to cover our boats, pools and outdoor living furniture to protect them from the unforgiving winter weather. The covers and tarps you will need are manufactured using a variety of industrial fabrics and textiles. These products are made from different kinds of materials, including vinyl, polyethylene and polypropylene. The materials used to manufacture industrial textiles have qualities and features that offer advantages to the end-users of industrial textile products – not to mention they make a world of difference in preparing for next year’s summer season.

Industrial fabrics that are laminated or coated with vinyl Vinyl Imageoffer strength and durability and are also resistant to punctures and tears. Vinyl coated fabrics are often used for industrial and military applications, covering trucks, heavy equipment, fields and more. It’s easy to see why they can also be used for awnings, signs and other outdoor consumer products. You can learn more about the vinyl industrial textiles we offer on our website.

Polyethylene and polypropylene are also used in the manufacturing of industrial fabrics. Both materials are used to create, what is known in the textile manufacturing industry, as olefin. Olefin is a man made fiber generally combined with other fibers to create outdoor fabric blends. In short, the main difference between polyethylene and polypropylene is that they are derived from different chemical compounds, or “monomers.” Polyethylene’s monomer is ethylene; while polypropylene’s monomer is propylene. Polypropylene is also considered to be more stiff and resistant to chemicals and organic solvents than polyethylene. Furthermore, polypropylene is non-stretching and less flexible than polyethylene, as we learn from differencebetween.com.

Products that need to be waterproof, durable, abrasion and UV-Polyethylene Image 2resistant (pool covers, marine covers, roof protectors and many types of tarps) are made with textiles using polyethylene and polypropylene. Mesh industrial fabrics are also made with these materials, offering both strength and breathability. To see some of the types of textiles and products we manufacturer with polyethylene and polypropylene, click here.

The above offers only a general overview of the different kinds of industrial textile materials, but you can learn more about industrial textile products made with vinyl, polyethylene and polypropylene by visiting our website. We are also available through e-mail: info@mauritzon.net or phone: 800-621-4352. Feel free to ask us any questions about industrial textile products!