|Raincoats, outdoor furniture, car interiors, shoes, mattresses, upholstery, adhesives, sealants
|Water-proofing, insulation, cushioning, bonding, surfacing
|Wetsuits, diving suits, gaskets, seals, shoe soles, gloves, helmets, padding
|Warmth, insulation, abrasion resistance, flexibility
|PVC (Polyvinyl chloride)
|Pipes, flooring, clothing, raincoats, tents, inflatables, toys, packaging
|Water-proofing, durability, flexibility, affordability
|Outdoor clothing, footwear, sleeping bags, tents, backpacks, windbreakers
|Water-proofing, breathability, comfort
|EPDM (Ethylene propylene diene monomer)
|Roofing membranes, gaskets, automotive components, floor tiles, pond liners, roofing underlayments
|Weather resistance, flexibility, long-lasting
|ETFE (Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene)
|Greenhouses, roofing membranes, aircraft windows, stadium roofs, sound barriers
|Transparency, water-resistance, durability
|Cookware, gaskets, bearings, medical implants, non-stick coatings
|Hydrophobicity, chemical resistance, non-stick properties
|Outdoor clothing, tents, backpacks, carpets, upholstery
|Water-resistance, breathability, durability
|Raincoats, jackets, boots, bags, backpacks
|Water-resistance, durability, breathability
|DWR (Durable water repellent)
|Outdoor clothing, footwear, tents, sleeping bags
|Water-resistance, breathability, ease of care
Here are some additional examples of how these materials are used:
Polyurethane is used in the production of raincoats and awnings to protect people and property from the rain. It is also used in the production of car interiors to protect them from spills and stains.
Neoprene is used in the production of wetsuits to keep divers warm and dry. It is also used in the production of gaskets to seal pipes and other components.
PVC is used in the production of pipes to transport water and other liquids. It is also used in the production of flooring to provide a durable and waterproof surface.
Gore-Tex® is used in the production of outdoor clothing to keep people warm and dry in wet weather. It is also used in the production of sleeping bags to provide insulation and warmth.
EPDM is used in the production of roofing membranes to protect homes and businesses from leaks. It is also used in the production of gaskets to seal pipes and other components.
ETFE is used in the production of greenhouses to allow sunlight in while keeping the heat out. It is also used in the production of aircraft windows to provide a clear and durable view.
PTFE is used in the production of cookware to prevent food from sticking. It is also used in the production of gaskets to seal pipes and other components.
Silane-treated fabric is used in the production of outdoor clothing to keep people dry and comfortable in wet weather. It is also used in the production of tents to provide a waterproof and breathable shelter.
Waxed cotton is used in the production of raincoats and jackets to keep people dry and warm in wet weather. It is also used in the production of boots and bags to provide a durable and waterproof surface.
DWR is used to coat fabrics to make them water-resistant. It is often used in the production of outdoor clothing and footwear.
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No material is completely immune to water, but some materials are more resistant to water penetration than others. For example, elastomeric sealants are used to seal joints and seams in roofs and other structures. They are made of elastomers, which are materials that can stretch and contract without breaking. This makes them flexible and able to conform to the shape of the joint or seam.
No material is truly 100% waterproof. However, some materials are more water-resistant than others. For example, EPDM and ETFE are two materials that are very resistant to water penetration. They are often used in applications where water resistance is critical, such as roofing membranes and wetsuits.
There are a few fabrics that are known for their water-resistant properties. For example, waxed cotton and silica-treated fabric are both fabrics that have been treated with a coating that makes them repel water. These fabrics are often used in outdoor clothing and camping gear.
Some materials are naturally water-resistant because of their molecular structure. For example, neoprene is a synthetic rubber that is naturally water-resistant due to its closed-cell structure. This means that there are no spaces for water molecules to penetrate.