Virtually any fabric can be used! Since the SNAP-TEX system accepts virtually any fabric, selection is not limited. There are only a few suggested restrictions and few preferences - one can use most anything! The SNAP-TEX interlocking jaw system accomodates all but the thickest fabric because SNAP-TEX does not depend on the pinching action of two opposing walls, a small and specific distance apart, to hold the fabric as do friction-fit systems.

Stable fabrics work best.  The best fabrics are polyesters, olefins or any other stable textile fiber. These are the best performing fabrics, particularly if there are frequent or broad environmental temperature and humidity fluctuations in the given area.  There are a large number of fabrics on the market in this category that perform beautifully and functionally!

Natural fibers such as linens, cottons and silks, while great for clothing, tend to expand in size with added humidity and can be unstable in fluctuating environments. These fabrics can confidently be used, but use extra caution on oversized panels, as such fabrics should be evaluated closely and are not recommended unless the mechanical system can keep humidity under tight control.  One of SNAP-TEX's greatest features is the ability to be re-opened if necessary to re-stretch (or to change) the fabric on a panel.

PARAMETERS FOR INSTALLATION: Fabrics should not be installed until the job site environment can be maintained at the approximate occupancy conditions for temperature, humidity and lighting.

Upholstery weight fabrics, tapestry, leather, suede, vinyl and canvas can be easily stretched and displayed with SNAP-TEX.

Fused polyester of certain types have been used with success!

Backed fabrics are not necessary. SNAP-TEX does not require backed fabrics!  Backings reduce the acoustical transparency of the fabric upwards to 20%.

Wall carpet that is exceptionally thick is not suitable in any track system. These are designed for direct glue application to walls and offer minimal sound absorption.

Exceptionally thin fabrics, fabrics with loose weaves or light-colored fabrics may become somewhat transparent when stretched, allowing shadows and telegraphing of track and substrate color. A liner may be needed to counter this effect. SNAP-TEX can stretch fabric and liner together!

If there is a question as to the content of a particular fabric and concern about its performance, please contact us. We'll be more than happy to assist you.
SNAP-TEX and/or its licensed installers will not give an unqualified guarantee as to the suitability of a specified or proposed fabric until we have tested the fabric by making up a test panel.  Licensed installers will assist with this process.
Ease in changing fabric is one of SNAP-TEX's greatest features! Whether redecorating, or replacing because of damage, simply unsnap the track, pull out the old fabric and install the new!
Licensed SNAP-TEX installers should be called to handle fabric replacement. Although SNAP-TEX is simple to use, many skills are required when handling fabric. Our installers not only possess these necessary skills, but know best how to work with our system in the most effective manner.
Cleaning fabric and re-installing it is one of the benefits of SNAP-TEX. Ours is one of the few systems that can be utilized in this way. To prevent fabric shrinkage, end users should carefully consult fabric instructions for proper cleaning techniques.

Traditional upholstery cleaning methods can be used. It is not always necessary to completely remove and re-install fabric when it needs cleaning. Traditional upholstery cleaning methods can be used which may be more cost-effective. This is not possible with the majority of the acoustical panels marketed in the industry today. On site cleaning can be done without the risk of cleaning pressure pulling the fabric out of the jaws as is the problem with friction-fit systems. On Site cleaning can be done with SNAP-TEX without any problems!