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A Roof for the Lions' House

Issue: 1978 Category: Industrial Productivity/Manufacturing Technology Category Icon - Industrial Productivity
Page: 36-39 Center: N/A
State: Manufacturer:
Origin: Apollo Space Suits
Tech Terms: Fiberglass, Fabric, Teflon, Roofing, Beta, Football Stadium
Fans of NFL's Detroit Lions don't worry about game day weather. Magnificent new Pontiac Stadium has a domed air-supported roof that admits light but protects playing field and patrons from the elements. Key to construction of "Silverdome" is spinoff of fiber glass beta coated with Teflon TFE fluorocarbon resin. This idea originated from Apollo space suits. TFE coated Beta Fiberglass is virtually impervious to the effects of weather and sunlight and it won't stretch, shrink, mildew or rot, thus has exceptional longevity. It is also very strong, lightweight, flame resistant and requires no periodic cleaning; dirt will not stick to surface. And to top all that, it costs only 30 to 40 percent as much as conventional roofing.
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