Types of Projection Screen Fabrics

Published: 17th March 2009
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It is a tough shopping for a projection screen. There seem to be so many in the market, each one extolling its own unique abilities. In the middle of the selection process, a buyer may feel lost in the many projection screens to choose from.

In the end, it is a combination of factors that is most suited to your use, room and budget that will count. However, to answer to these needs, a buyer should be thoroughly oriented the different materials and science principles to maximize one viewing experience.

Knowing the basic materials of the

projection screen

can give you a good idea of what to expect and whether it is suited to the conditions you are subject to when viewing.

The following are the most basic fabrics used for projection screens. At first glance, these fabrics seem to be plain white or gray sheets used in the house. However, these materials differ in reflecting light and presenting the contrast of pictures being viewed. They have also been carefully tested before manufacturing to ensure that you will be satisfied with your viewing.

These are only general notes. Manufacturers of projection screens continually provide different ways of using these materials that will yield projection screens that give clearer, crisper viewing experience.

1. Reflective Surface is Laminated to Fabric Backing -

Fiberglass Matt White Projection Screen. Common fabric used for projection screen . The reflective surface is white vinyl, laminated to durable woven fiberglass. Matt white diffuses the projector light in all directions. Viewerâ can then view images from any angle. Pictures are clear, and colors are accurate as well. Use with high light output projectors. Minimize ambient light in viewing area when using matt white. Washable, fire and mildew resistant. To care for fiberglass matt white projection screens: use diluted mild detergent, wash the surface, rinse and pat dry.

Glass Beaded Projection Screens. Tiny beads are spread out to a fabric backing. Viewing is clearer within the center (axis) and has narrower viewing angles. It is said that glass beaded projection screens are less clear to view, but this depends. The size of the beads have an effect on the clarity of the images. Back then, the beads used for projector screens were quite large. These days, further research has pointed the optimal size for the glass beads. Glass beaded screens can compete with visual clarity just as efficiently as the other types of screen fabrics. Check with the seller about gain, contrast and color accuracy if interested in a glass beaded screen. To clean glass beaded projection surfaces, do not use water, soap or other liquid chemicals. Dust carefully with a soft rag.

2. Vinyl Projection Screen - The Projection screen is 100% vinyl and not attached to any backing. Vinyl Projection Screens have high gain and excellent contrast. Flatness of surface is uniform and constant. Look for Vinyl material when you need portable or folding projection screens. Vinyl screens are generally washable with water and mild chemicals. Do not use wax or abrasive cleaners.

These are only basic materials used for screens. Find out more about these fabrics from FergameriUSA.com. FergameriUSA uses similar materials - Fibberglass matt and PET Superfine fabrics- to provide you a fascinating, vivid viewing experience.

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