Fabric Characteristics

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Fabric Capabilities

If you think all pleated window-treatment systems offer more form than function, we would like to change your thinking.

OEM has available fabrics in classic colors, patterns and textures. Yet, these very same fabrics provide a range of vital functions.

The functional attributes of energy efficiency, flame retardation, UV protection, light, acoustical and radiant-heat control have been incorporated into a wide array of fabrics without compromising their aesthetic qualities.

OEM and Verosol BV of the Netherlands have partnered to offer a vacuum bonded metallized fabric. The fabric fibers are loom-woven. Metallization is a permanently vacuum bonded thin layer of aluminum.

Flame Retardation

Flammability has always been a concern of architects and designers. Today, this concern is even greater because the legal responsibility of specifiers has increased.

Verosol FR fabrics made of inherently flame resistant Trevira CS fibers meet fire codes nationwide, such as (National Fire Protection Association) NFPA 701, Dept. of Transportation, Motor Vehicles Standard MVSS302 and California Administrative Code Title 19.

Verosol FR fabrics made of Trevira CS fibers are permanently flame resistant. This flame resistance lasts for the life of the fabric and it's unaffected by sunlight, washing or aging. Verosol fabrics made of Trevira CS fibers also self-extinguish so the spread of fire is minimized. They also do a superb job in controlling smoke generation.

Radiant Heat Resistance

One of the major causes of a fire spreading from floor to floor in a building is radiant heat. It played a significant role in the devastating fires at the Las Vegas Hilton in 1981 and the First Interstate Bank Building, Los Angeles in 1988.

Aluminum has a natural ability to reflect heat to help protect against the damage radiant heat from fire. The process of vacuum bonding is used to deposit an ultra-thin layer of aluminum to polyester fabrics. Similar aluminized fabrics are now being used by forest firefighters, navy firefighters, and in many high-heat industrial environments.

Metallized shades not only have the capability to reflect radiant heat, but they will maintain that   capability for the life of the fabric. Tests and years of service have proven that the aluminum backing on fabrics will not flake off, oxidize or discolor.

Radiant Heat Test

To evaluate the effectiveness of aluminized shade in reducing heat and radiant energy from an exterior fire, a test was developed by Koffel Associates, codes consultant to the National Glass Association(NGA). Koffel Associates chose Southwest Research Institute (SWRI) to conduct the test. It was carried out February 12, 1990. The results were impressive.

SWRI concluded that the metallized shade "did significantly reduce the transmission of heat/radiant energy into the simulated second story area." Koffel Associates said that the shade "significantly reduced the potential for fire spread." Again quoting Koffel Associates, "it is important to note that at no time did the shades ignite, even after the section of glass fell out and exposed the shade to direct flame contact."

Dissecting Rising Energy Costs

OEM has attractive and effective solutions to control rising energy costs, in both summer and winter.

In hot weather, our metallized fabrics can stop much of the solar heat gain from entering the building. Yet the shades remain cool to the touch. In cold weather, our aluminum backing works as an insulator and helps prevent radiant heat loss. It can effectively reduce heat loss at the window.

As a result, metallized fabric window-treatment systems help control room temperatures year-round. They help lower the demand for heating and air conditioning, which lowers the required performance for glazing and HVAC. Facility owners gain in two ways: smaller capital expenditures and reduced energy costs year after year.

Measuring Window Covering Performance

In warmer climates, OEM window treatments reflect a greater amount of solar radiation, reducing the amount of heat that enters a building and lowering cooling costs. For example, and unshaded 1/4 inch thick window transmits approximately 87% of the solar radiation. A shaded window with an OEM pleated shade allows approximately 32.5% to enter - a reduction of more than 50%.

Protection Against Ultraviolet Ray Damage

The sun's ultraviolet rays can cause severe fading of a buildings valuable furnishings, carpeting and artwork. OEM's metallized fabrics can significantly reduce the intensity of ultraviolet rays that are transmitted through a room's windows.

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Pleated Shades softly filter light, while helping to protect furnishings from UV rays.

The Ecology of Light

Oem's fabrics enhance a room's interior environment by controlling the amount of light(opacity) and openness factor ratings measure privacy. Some OEM fabrics offer complete privacy and prevent light from entering a room. Other fabrics offer privacy while allowing light into a room.

OEM metallized shades reflect heat but still allow natural light to come through. Light that's easy on the eye.

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Solutions For Controlling Noise

Noise lowers productivity and efficiency.

OEM pleated window-treatment systems offer a high degree of sound absorption. Tests have confirmed that OEM shades are much more efficient than mini-blinds or PVC verticals in absorbing a room's reverberating noise.

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The uniform neutral exterior provided by OEM metallized fabrics compliments any building design.
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Anti-glare Properties

In offices with computers, OEM improves visual comfort by considerably reducing glare and overall luminance levels. OEM shading products comply with international legislation in the trend of visual ergonomics VOU workstations, which are becoming explicit and severe. Glare reduction for computer workstations can be reduced to as much as 1% light transmission.

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Sheer metallized reduces glare and still allows a view.

Lower Maintenance Costs

OEM metallized fabrics are inherently anti-static, so they repel dust and seldom require cleaning. All that's needed to maintain their fresh appearance is an occasional light sweep of a vacuum. If a mishap occurs, the soiled fabric can be cleaned with water and a mild detergent. The metallized backing and the flame retardancy will not be affected.

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Taylor, MI 48180
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