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The difference between PVC Coated Fabric and PVC Laminated Fabric
2024-02-24   Jumtarps    Industry News

  The difference between PVC Coated Fabric and PVC Laminated Fabric:

  Although PVC coated fabric and PVC laminated fabric have similar names and both belong to PVC fabric, they vary in manufacturing processes, performance, and applications.

Manufacturing Process:

  • PVC Coated Fabric: This fabric type is made by applying a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin coating onto a base fabric. Coating methods may include coating, immersion, or spraying onto the fabric surface.

  • PVC Laminated Fabric: Conversely, PVC Laminated Fabric is created by bonding a PVC film layer (usually pre-prepared) onto the base fabric using methods like heat pressing or adhesive bonding.

Performance Differences:

  • PVC Coated Fabric: The coating typically forms a protective film on the base fabric's surface, offering good abrasion resistance, waterproofing, and durability while preserving fabric softness and breathability.

  • PVC Laminated Fabric: On the other hand, PVC Laminated Fabric features a thicker PVC film layer on the base fabric, providing higher air tightness and waterproofing. However, this may sometimes compromise softness and breathability.


  • PVC Coated Fabric: Its relative softness and flexibility make PVC coated fabric suitable for applications requiring high durability and some level of flexibility, like tents, PVC tarpaulins,luggage, and outdoor decorations.

  • PVC Laminated Fabric: PVC laminated fabric is commonly used in products requiring water use due to its superior air tightness and excellent waterproofing, such as inflatable boats, inflatable castles, and water bags. These products need materials effectively sealing air or water to ensure structural stability and buoyancy or pressure resistance in water environments.

  The primary application difference between PVC Coated Fabric and PVC Laminated Fabric: PVC Coated Fabric offers better flexibility, suitable for scenarios involving repeated deformation. For instance, PVC coated fabric is ideal for making truck tarps(lumber tarps) that need to endure deformation caused by constant wind flapping while driving. Conversely, due to its superior air tightness, PVC Laminated Fabric finds extensive use in applications like inflatable boats, inflatable castles, and water bags, where high air tightness is crucial.

  In conclusion, both fabrics have unique advantages and suitable applications, with the choice depending on specific requirements such as abrasion resistance, softness, and waterproofing.