Tyco Plastics Polyethylene Sheeting Spec Sheet

Scope:  Covers 2,3,4, 5,6,8, and 10 mil sizes in both black and clear.

General Information: 

Basic Uses:  Tyco Plastics' polyethylene sheeting is used in a wide variety of application.  Polyethylene provides an excellent vapor barrier for the protection of concrete slabs and foundations.  Proper placement of poly sheeting in walls during construction can almost completely prevent ambient air and moisture infiltration into homes and buildings, thus increasing their energy efficiency.  Agricultural applications (black sheeting only) include retention of soil moisture, inhibition of weed growth, and coverage of pit and trench silos for inexpensive storage.

Life Expectancy:  Clear sheeting is not recommended for greenhouse use or any other application involving long-term exposure to sunlight.  Black sheeting is recommended for application not exceeding 90 days of sunlight exposure.  Special additives are available at request for extended outdoor applications up to 2 years.

Shelf Life:  Polyethylene sheeting has a shelf life of approximately 2 years if not exposed to sunlight or extreme heat.

Other Limitations:  Check with the vendor for information on these and other limitations that may or may not apply depending on the specific application and product.

Adhesion:  Due to the variety of resins and additives available, it is often difficult to bond two pieces of film together.  Two adhesives that have proven to be successful in the past are Universal Adhesives' Spray Adhesive and DURO All Purpose Spray Adhesive distributed by Loctite Corporation.

Technical Data:

Film Gard polyethylene sheeting complies with most national, state and local specifications for concrete curing, vapor barrier applications, and other uses involving polyethylene sheeting.  Most commonly used specifications are as follows:

Table 1

Physical Property Test Minimum Values
Tensile (md) ASTM D 882 Method A 1700 psi
Tensile (td) ASTM D 882 Method A 1200 psi
Elongation (md) ASTM D 882 Method A 250%
Elongation (td) ASTM D 882 Method A 350%
Water Vapor Permeance ASTM E 96 Procedure E <0.5 perms
Moisture Retention ASTM C 156 <0.055g/cm2
Elmendorf Tear (md) ASTM D 1922 100gm/mil
Elmendorf Tear (td) ASTM D 1922 200gm/mil
Coefficient of Friction ASTM D 1894 Medium
Dart Impact ASTM D 1709 40gm/mil

Table 2

Property Type Description
Density 1 .820 - .825
Impact Strength 2 40 - 70 gm/mil
Coefficient of Friction 2 .20 - .40
Haze 3 >9
Luminous Transmittance 0 Unspecified

Table 3

Mil Thickness .002 .004 .006 .008 .010
Tensile Strength ASTM D 882-A          
psi, lengthwise 1700 1700 1700 1700 1700
psi, crosswise 1200 1200 1200 1200 1200
Elongation ASTM D 882-A          
% lengthwise 225 225 225 225 225
% crosswise 350 350 350 350 350
Impact Resistance ASTM D 1709          
grams by dart drop 100 165 260 370 475
Water Vapor Transmission          
ASTM E 96-E          
permeance, perms 0.38 0.19 0.13 0.096 0.076
wvtr, grams/100 square inches 0.70 0.35 0.23 0.18 0.14
wvtr (g/24.h.m2) 11.0 5.5 3.7 2.8 2.2
Density, gr/cc 0.92 0.92 0.92 0.92 0.92
Net Weight, lbs/1000 sq. ft. 9.5 19.1 28.7 38.2 47.7

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