SOLUTION-DYED 100% ACRYLIC
These begin with fibers that are initially colorless. They are woven into yarns and the yarns are then dyed and woven into fabric. Solution-dyed Acrylic is commonly used for umbrellas and awnings because it holds up extremely well under the sun and won’t fade easily. It also efficiently repels water for an added bonus!
ACRYLIC-COATED 100% POLYESTER
Comparable to solution-dyed acrylic in appearance, durability, and use, this fabric is a common choice for boat and car protectors. After the fabric is woven it is dipped into an acrylic coating making it water-resistant. Both acrylic and polyester fibers dry quickly and are UV resistant.
ACRYLIC-COATED POLYESTER/COTTON BLENDS
Blending man-made and natural fiber creates a fabric that is both durable and aesthetically pleasing, as it is offered in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
VINYL-COATED COTTON AND VINYL-LAMINATED POLYESTER
This waterproof and fire-resistant material is available in limited color choices and fabric styles. Having a slick, glossy appearance it is regularly used for larger canopies and commercial awnings.
VINYL COATED SYNTHETIC FIBER MESH
Commonly referred to as ‘sling able’ fabric, this is the only choice for sling type outdoor chair fabric replacement. Because the design of the sling chair is such that it requires the fabric portion support the weight of the occupant, rather than the frame, it is imperative that the fabric be strong and not stretch. Most often these fabrics are made of vinyl coated polyester or acrylic yarns, or other synthetics such as olefin and PVC. Besides their superior strength, they are durable, colorfast, easily cleaned, have a high UV rating, and do not promote mildew growth.
After you determine how much sun exposure your furniture will receive you will have a better idea of how durable your fabric selection needs to be. Swatches are useful to see how the new fabric will blend with your existing décor, what they look like under natural light, and how they will contrast with your landscape.
Check out new fringes and trims that are available for outdoor use…a little pizazz on a pillow can really add some POW to your design. Be sure to follow the guidelines for care and cleaning of your fabrics and they will last for several seasons of outdoor fun!