When buying a party tent, many are faced with the difficult question: should the tent be made of PVC or PE? The two plastics are different in their properties and are therefore also suitable for different activities. Here you can find out what the respective advantages and disadvantages of PVC and PE are and which material you should choose best for your tents in dubai .
PVC and PE tents: an overview
Which material is suitable for a party tent depends entirely on the respective requirements and occasions. Before we go into more detail, we will give you an overview of the most important differences between the materials . Here you can see a brief summary of the properties of PVC and PE party tents.
|Party tents made of PVC||Party tents made of PE|
|higher quality, glossier material||plastic-like material|
|hardly inflammable||more easily inflammable|
|heavy, robust and tear-resistant||light and thin|
|extremely weather-resistant||less weather resistant|
|100% waterproof||100% waterproof|
|UV-resistant 80+||UV resistant|
|more difficult to set up and stow away||easy to assemble and stow away|
|a little more expensive||inexpensive|
In the following we will now take a closer look at the properties of the respective materials. We explain how this results in differences in the use of party tents and which tent is best suited for which event.
The PVC material
In everyday life or when buying a tent you have probably come across the term PVC. We will now explain in more detail what PVC is all about and what properties the PVC material has.
What is PVC
Polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, is one of the most popular plastics and is similar to truck tarpaulin. PVC is basically a hard, brittle material, but its elasticity can be changed by adding plasticizers and is therefore extremely flexible. In its original, hard version, the material is mainly used for window profiles, pipes and records. Rigid PVC is also well suited for sewer pipes because it is particularly strong.
If plasticizers are added to the plastic, it becomes versatile and can also be used in other areas. Soft PVC is particularly popular as a floor covering, for example. Soft PVC is also used for garden hoses, cable sheathing or even raincoats. One of the reasons why PVC is used so often is due to its specific properties.
These are the properties of PVC
The consistency of PVC can be changed flexibly during production so that it can be shaped as desired. As a result, the advantages of the PVC material can be used in a variety of ways, because it can be optimally adapted for numerous applications.
PVC is equipped with a tear-resistant inner mesh fabric and can particularly impress with its durability and durability. Due to its high chlorine content, PVC is, for example, very flame retardant in contrast to other plastics . The robust material only ignites at 455 ° C. However, the plasticizers and chlorine content it contains have the disadvantage that PVC is less environmentally friendly.
PVC is extremely resistant to different weather conditions. Wind, sun and wind cannot harm the material and it is extremely resistant to alcohols, oils and even some acids and alkalis. PVC is therefore an extremely tough and durable material.
In short, the PVC material in our tents is:
- Similar to truck tarpaulins
- Particularly firm and robust
- Flame retardant or fireproof
- Resistant and durable
In comparison, the PE material has some differences, which we will look at in more detail below.
The PE fabric
In addition to PVC, there is often the option of choosing a variant made of PE material , especially when buying party tents . The properties of this plastic differ a little from PVC, which we will now explain to you in more detail.
What does PE mean?
PE stands for polyethylene and is the most commonly used plastic worldwide . PE is similar in its consistency to fabric tarpaulins and is used in numerous functions thanks to its easy processing and molecular structure .
PE is primarily used for packaging and is used, for example, for plastic bags, cling film, garbage bags and milk carton coatings.
PE can also be used for pipes, rods and cable insulation. As a powder, it is also used to coat textiles or paper.
However, since PE softens and bends at temperatures above 80 ° C, its use is somewhat more restricted than PVC. Nevertheless, it can clearly score with some of its properties.
The characteristics of the PE material
Like PVC, PE is classified as a thermoplastic . Thermoplastics liquefy when exposed to heat and can thus be flexibly deformed . They can be heated to the melting point and then cooled down again as often as desired without burning. However, PE is easier to recycle than other thermoplastics because it does not require any additional plasticizers . It is therefore significantly more environmentally friendly than other plastics such as PVC.
PE is a very light material and can be stretched extremely well without breaking. Depending on the density, there are different types of PE fabric , which accordingly also have different properties. There are HDPE (high density), MDPE (medium density) and LDEP (low density). In general, PE has good chemical resistance to many polar solutions such as acids, alkalis, oils, alcohols and fats. The fabric also has good electrical insulation properties and high gas permeability.
PE is therefore less firm, hard and stiff than other thermoplastics, but it has a high elasticity and is very light as a material .
In summary, the PE material in our tents is:
- similar to fabric tarpaulins
- very stretchy and light
- flexibly deformable
- very resistant to polar solutions
Depending on your preference, both PVC and PE can be used for the planning of party tents. Which material is more suitable for you depends heavily on the planned event. For more information and details, you can contact a tent company in Dubai such as Shelter Tent FZE. It is one of the renowned tent companies in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. They also supply and install car parking shades along with the manufacturing of PVC tents structure and fabric.