PVC coated polyester fabrics, or PVC/PES, are strong and durable fabrics, a popular choice in tensile fabric and membrane architecture. The base material comprises of a woven high tenacity polyester base fabric and a flexible plasticised PVC coating is applied to both sides. It is possible to apply coatings or lacquers, for example, dirt repellent surface lacquers, to enhance the performance of these fabrics.

These fabrics are durable, translucent and waterproof and can withstand extreme environmental conditions, humidity and UV-radiation. These highly functional fabrics come in a wide range of colours, light transmissions and tensile strengths. Open-mesh and opaque fabrics are becoming increasingly popular for semi-transparent fabric facade applications.

PVC/PES fabrics are the most economic material in tensile fabric and membrane architecture. The price coupled with the availability of dirt repellent surface lacquers makes it attractive for a variety of permanent and temporary architectural applications. These fabrics are suitable for retractable roofs, membrane facades and tensile fabric structures.

Temme // Obermeier has extensive experience with PVC/PES fabrics and can help you select the most appropriate fabric for your project.


These highly durable fabrics are used for facades or tensile roof structures for sporting arenas, shopping malls, bus stations and airport terminals. These fabrics are also used extensively in internal settings, for example building exhibition stands as they are very flexible and suitable for printing.

PVC/PES’s high flexibility coupled with its excellent resistance to extreme weather conditions and UV-radiation means a useful life phase in excess of 20 years can be expected. Temme // Obermeier provides precise information on how these fabrics can be incorporated into your design giving you the freedom to combine amazing shapes with functionality.