Nonwoven Geotextile



Our Nonwoven Geotextile is a needle-punched polypropylene fabric that can be used for drainage, erosion control, filtration, stabilization and separation applications. This "felt-like" fabric allows for high water flow while also providing high dimensional stability. This commercial grade fabric will not rot or mildew, is tear resistant, and is non-biodegradable.

The Nonwoven Geotextile is available in thicknesses ranging from 3 oz to 16 oz per square yard. It is also available in a variety of roll sizes to best meet your job's needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Differences Between Woven And Non-Woven Geotextiles

Geotextile fabrics are made of synthetic materials such as polypropylene or polyester for long-lasting quality. Geotextile fabrics are used for many different applications including erosion control, stability, construction, engineering, drainage, etc.

Because geotextile fabrics can resist both corrosion and rot, it's perfect for underground use including road work reinforcement. When looking for the right geotextile fabric, woven and non-woven are the two products that are used the most. In the following, we will go over the characteristics of each fabric and what each kind of fabric is used for.

Gravel on non-woven geotextile

Geotextile Fabric with Gravel

About Woven Geotextile

Woven geotextile is created by weaving slit films together. The flat yarns move intermittently at 90-degree angles. This gives the fabric excellent endurance and extreme load performance. The process makes this fabric great for civil applications by offering separation, reinforcement, and tensile strength.

This particular fabric looks like and feels like plastic and is categorized by tensile strength which offers the resistance a material has when subjected to tension.

Woven Geotextile Characteristics:

• Separation
• Reinforcement
• Impermeable
• High Load Capacity
• Classified by Tensile Strength
• Plastic in Touch and Appearance

Applications For Woven Geotextiles

Weaving together films or threads means these fabrics are pretty much impermeable. As woven geotextile fabric is not permeable, it's not a good option for work demanding good drainage.

On the other hand, tensile strength makes woven geotextiles perfect for projects requiring erosion control but not for drainage or corrosion resistance. Due to its load abilities, this is a good choice for projects such as runways and parking lots.

Due to the fact that woven geotextile fabric resists UV deterioration, it's a good choice for long-lasting applications.

About Non-Woven Geotextile

Non-woven geotextile is created by various methods including entangling or bonding fibers together using heat, chemicals, needle punching, or other processes.

Any treatments used to improve the strength of the non-woven geotextile may cause deterioration faster than would happen with woven fabric. Though non-woven geotextiles are made with synthetic textiles, similar to woven geotextiles, the structure is sporatic. Their synthetic features are good for separation and filtration uses. Another popular use is protecting geomembrane lining systems from both interior and exterior penetrations.

Up Close View of Geo Fabric

Up Close View of Non-Woven Geotextile

Non-Woven Geotextile Characteristics:

• Filtration
• Separation
• Drainage
• Classified by Weight
• Felt-like in Touch and Appearance

Applications For Non-Woven Geotextile

Non-woven geotextile allows moisture to move through, making it the wrong choice for reinforcement or stabilization. For separation, filtration, protection, and drainage, non-woven is the right choice.

With a high water permeability rate, this fabric will not lose strength over time, especially when used underground. This fabric is easier to work with and manipulate, for several different uses.

Knowing Woven And Non-Woven Geotextiles Differences

As long as you understand the differences between the two geotextile fabrics, you should be able to make the right choice for your project.

Woven geotextile fabric has a higher strength value while non-woven geotextile fabric has a lighter flow rate and permeability. Here's the breakdown:

Fabric Lining Stream Bed

Geo Fabric Lining Stream Bed

Physical Qualities

As long as you understand the differences between the two geotextile fabrics, you should be able to make the right choice for your project.

Woven geotextile fabric has a higher strength value while non-woven geotextile fabric has a lighter flow rate and permeability. Here's the breakdown:


Woven fabrics are weaved together on a film or loom whereas non-woven fabrics are created by bonding fibers together.

Referred To

Woven fabrics are referred to by tensile stress. Non-woven is referred to by weight in grams per square meter


Woven is created by thread-crossing, creating a strong reinforcement making them stronger and more durable than non-woven.


Non-woven geotextiles have a higher elongation which is typically greater than 50%. Woven geotextiles typically are between 5% to 25%.


The weight of woven geotextile is rarely mentioned because the fabric is used for reinforcement and separation regardless of the weight. That said, the weight of non-woven geotextile is usually mentioned.


Non-woven fabric can be produced in a shorter period of time making it less expensive. On the other hand, woven fabric is more expensive because it takes longer to produce.

This article should help you find the fabric you need for your project. It's important to know what kind of geotextile is right to guarantee your project will be a great success.