May 2015

Suntan Year-Round

Suntan Year-Round: Texlon Roofing Revolutionizes Indoor Waterparks

Recent innovations have enabled indoor waterparks to provide ideal warmth and sun exposure regardless of season.

Texlon roofing creates an optimized climate that keeps indoor temperature levels around 84 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. These benefits are thanks to Texlon’s use of a resistant plastic, known as Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE). Here’s how this new roofing system is revolutionizing the waterpark industry:

Transparent, natural look

Because Texlon is a plastic-based material, it is essentially transparent. This provides a natural, clean look from an aesthetic perspective while also allowing guests to feel as if they are truly outdoors in the sun. Additionally, ETFE foils contain silver, which reflects UV rays and harmful solar radiation away from the waterpark.

Guests are able to tan from the natural sunlight coming through the roofing without having to worry about excessive harm done to their skin. With guests enjoying the comfortable indoor setting of the waterpark, building managers and owners can adjust the Texlon material to alter the appearance and thermal performance of the roof. By applying different coatings or adding more layers of foil, the roof can become more or less transparent. Roofs can also be tailored to the exact needs of each specific waterpark depending on geographic and weather-related factors.

Maximum heat retention

Texlon roofing provides maximum heat retention because it is able to capture sunlight and insulate the indoor park. By adding foil layers and coatings to the roofing panels, Texlon transfers heat efficiently to the building’s structure. Once the proper climate is achieved, the enclosed park is able to retain heat evenly across the entire facility.

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Durable, protective material

In addition to retaining heat and filtering natural sunlight, Texlon roofing circumvents weather restrictions by protecting guests and waterpark rides from rain, snow, dirt and other seasonal elements. Texlon itself is highly resistant and is not affected in any way by air pollution, exposure to ultraviolet rays or environment-intensive factors like salt and acidic minerals.

The manufacturers of Texlon indicated the roofing can be counted on to remain fully operational without any loss of function for more than 50 years after installation. While other structures may eventually succumb to degradation, corrosion or loss of mechanical strength, internal studies have shown ETFE foils do not suffer from any of these same kinds of wear and tear. This resiliency means park owners don’t need to spend millions of dollars on updates, renovations or repairs to their roofs – an advantage less-insulated parks don’t have.

Reliable energy savings

Park owners are not only able to save money on maintenance costs, but also on additional energy expenses. For example, because Texlon allows in natural light, artificial lights are not needed during the daytime. Further, the heat transfer capability of the roofing creates an organic ecosystem that insulates itself. With these benefits considered, less money is spent on heating, lighting and electrical systems.

Another added advantage of Texlon is that if a park undergoes construction, portions of the roofing can be removed, recycled and remade into additional panels, which can then be installed elsewhere on the structure. This adaptability creates a self-sustainable cost-savings measure.

Enclosed waterparks offer families and tourists all the benefits of summer fun without being impeded by seasonality, but Texlon roofing is making a more dynamic indoor waterpark experience possible, pleasing children and adults alike.

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