What is Vinyl Laminated Fabric and How is it Used?


The ingredients needed to create vinyl laminated fabric are not complicated: you start with a piece of regular fabric, like nylon, for example, and then place a layer of film over it. While the specific process for creating a laminated fabric is different for every implementation and one method might not be used for every variety, the concept is the same. 

The goal of lamination is to improve some quality of the original fabric, like making it stronger, or to give it a dimension that the original fabric does not have, like waterproofing or fire resistance. Vinyl laminated fabric is highly valued for its flexibility, strength, and flexibility, combining the durability of vinyl with the versatility of fabric. It offers enhanced properties such as increased strength and resistance to various elements.

Is vinyl laminated fabric waterproof?

The answer to this question depends on the materials being used. Laminated cotton tends to be water-resistant rather than waterproof, while PUL (polyurethane laminate) is completely waterproof. It is not surprising that waterproof vinyl is a go-to for many scenarios where this is the dominant need from the item in question. When considering vinyl laminated fabric, it offers superior waterproof qualities, making it an excellent choice for outdoor and marine applications where water resistance is a critical feature.

What is vinyl laminated fabric used for?

The most obvious use of vinyl laminated fabric, or maybe even any fabric, is in clothing. The first encounter most of us have with vinyl laminated fabric is via our childhood raincoats. In fact, lots of products for children are laminated, for their increased durability, and the ease with which they can be cleaned. The ease of maintenance and cleaning is also why a common use for vinyl laminated fabric is for PPE in the medical industry.

Another frequent user of vinyl laminated fabric includes the automotive industry, as they like the stylish appearance of certain fabrics but need some additional protection from the elements. Wool blends and leather are the most common varieties of this kind of fabric. 

What do you use vinyl laminated cotton for?

Cotton is one of the most popular materials for clothing, so it comes as no surprise that it’s also extremely popular for laminated fabric in clothing, as well. Cotton is also the fabric of choice for most people laminating at home. Because cotton fabric can come in so many forms, the laminated form is popular for that very reason. Moreover, when combined with vinyl in the form of vinyl laminated fabric, it offers an additional layer of protection and style, making it a preferred choice for various applications including home décor and fashion accessories.

Can you laminate any fabric?

Yes, laminate versions are available for every kind of fabric so far invented. Cotton remains one of the most popular fabrics for lamination, not just because it can be done at home by almost anyone, but for its sturdiness and availability. 

Vinyl Technology is an expert at helping you choose the right fabric and the right laminate for your needs. From the military to aerospace, laminated fabric sewn or bonded by Vinyl Technology is everywhere. Find out what we can do for you today.