Polyurethane can be affected by heat and moisture, which can cause it to crack, peel, or degrade over time. The material’s ability to withstand those effects is proven through hydrolysis testing. Hydrolysis is a chemical reaction in which a molecule of water breaks chemical bonds. Hydrolysis testing is then used to determine the resistance of a material to chemical breakdown or decomposition due to exposure to water or moisture. This validates polyurethane’s performance and is what you should refer to when seeking the most durable option.
The recommended industry minimum (ACT) for hydrolysis resistance is 5 weeks for the ISO Method to be suitable for commercial applications. Thanks to our superior polycarbonate based polyurethane resins, the majority of Ultrafabrics materials test to 16 weeks, head and shoulders above the industry standard.
Uf Select achieves 10 weeks
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