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Benefits of Woven and Nonwoven Geotextiles

 

Woven geotextile fabrics are manufactured through traditional weaving of individual threads into sizeable sheets. Individual threads are made out of different kinds of materials, ranging from fibrillated yarns to monofilaments, slit films, etc. They are woven together on a specialized loom to create a large, uniform piece or sheet of geotextile material. Because of this process, woven geotextiles offer much higher load capacities, making them ideal for heavy-duty applications such as road construction. However, weaving together films or threads create a not-so-porous surface, making woven textiles a poor fit for drainage projects. Just the same, their non-porous structure makes them ideal for certain erosion control projects wherein water must be led or passed over the surface, while preventing it from draining through the soil below. Other ideal characteristics of woven geotextiles include corrosion resistance and long-term durability.

Non-woven geotextile on the other hand, is produced by bonding, instead of weaving, materials together. This is done either with the use of chemicals and/or heat, or through other methods like needle punching. These non-woven fabrics are typically made out of synthetic materials and are widely used in separation and filtering applications. Unlike their woven counterparts, non-woven fabrics aren’t as good a fit for reinforcement and stabilization projects, although they are a better choice for special uses like the protection of geomembrane lining systems against exterior or interior penetrations.

Non-woven geotextiles break down much faster than woven geotextiles because they don’t have the same reinforced strength as layers of material woven together do. However, where pooling or standing water is a problem, non-woven geotextiles offer a better choice in the management of such issues. Nevertheless, non woven fabrics still offer good durability and strength on top of great drainage properties, making them suitable for a range of applications.

WinFab has been manufacturing woven geotextile fabrics and a wide range of other geotextile products for environmental and industrial applications. Choose from a complete selection of products that include high-performance woven and nonwoven fabrics, high-performance geotextiles, and a great variety of ground cover fabrics, silt fences, and industry grade products for the agriculture and construction industries.