Outdoor furniture materials are usually manufactured on a higher quality standard as it has to resist will weather elements of rain and shine. For fabrics used for outdoor furniture, it has to resist stains fungi growth and other typical stains. Outdoor fabrics are woven fibres differ in strength and durability compared with indoor fabrics. Therefore, these outdoor fabrics are usually chemically treated and manufactured safe for commercial use
Most outdoor fabrics are made from solution-dyed acrylics. Acrylic, being plastic, is durable and suitable for outdoor use. As acrylic is colourless itself, it has to be mixed with dye for colours. Solution-dyed acrylics fabric started off as a liquid acrylic solution, which is mixed with dye and then formed into fibres and spun into yarn to be made into the fabric material. This process provides for the colours and creates the water-resistant feature.
It is soft like canvas, therefore commonly used in awnings and patio umbrellas, like most of the Jardinico outdoor umbrellas. Softer and more porous used for upholstery of outdoor pillows and cushions, like popular Sunbrella® fabrics.
Polyester shares the same durability properties of acrylic. Therefore, the polyurethane (PU) coating is applied to a single side of polyester to make durable outdoor fabric. The fabric is not only flexible, water-resistant and lightweight biut it is also flame retardant. It is typically used on awnings and patio umbrellas.
Vinyl-Coated Synthetic Fibre Mesh
Vinyl-coated synthetic fibre mesh is also known as PVC mesh or sling fabric. It is commonly used for outdoor sling chairs, whereby its strong fabric hold on your weight. High quality sling does not stretch extensively and recovers to original state.
As such, strong and durable mesh fabrics are manufactured with highest possible quality control and are usually manufactured from Taiwan and Europe where they have the technological know-how. The most famous being Sergio Ferrari’s Batyline mesh fabric.
Olefin (Polyethylene or Polypropylene)
Olefin is a synthetic fibre that is used with other fibres to create outdoor fabric blends and thus is has the best wearing of all outdoor fabrics. Similar to acrylics, they are durable, stain resistant and wick off moisture quickly, therefore weatherproofed and resistant to fungi growth.
They are less expensive than acrylic fabric but they lack the softness of acrylics. Olefin often has a smoother texture and more interesting mix of textures with other fibres
Canvas is a generic terms used to describe a wide variety of outdoor fabrics, including thermoplastic materials. Fungi such as mildew and mold could be a major drawback of cotton -based fabrics because true canvas is made of natural fibre materials.
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