We have 5 types of fabric to suit a range of budgets and situations – standard outdoor (400D PVC backed Polyester), commercial strength (1680D PVC backed Polyester), Resortella (treated Polyester), and the new Sunproof 100% solution dyed Olefin and Sunproof 100% solution dyed Acrylic.
The standard fabric suits an undercover area (no sun) – it has a matte canvas type finish. The commercial grade fabric is 4x stronger for enhanced durability. It is more fade resistant as it has a thicker weave which allows more dye to be applied – this means it can be used in areas with limited sun. It also features an enhanced sheen, making it very easy to keep clean. Our Resortella fabric is treated for water and fade resistance, and has a soft cushion finish. Resortella is mainly suited to undercover areas.
Both the standard and commercial material have a PVC backing so they are water resistant. We don’t say waterproof as, if left in a heavy down pour of rain, water can seep through the stitching and zipper areas, and eventually the fabric. Our Resortella fabric is treated so water just beads off it (see picture). This makes it much softer as it does not need the PVC backing. But again if caught in heavy rain the water will seep in through the stitching so it isn’t waterproof but is considered water resistant.
You might have heard of a fabric called Sunbrella. Sunbrella is considered the industry gold standard in outdoor fabrics. However, what many people don’t know is that Sunbrella is just a brand name for a fabric known as 100% solution dyed acrylic. We prefer to use Sunproof 100% solution dyed acrylic & olefin as the Sunbrella name tends to make it more expensive even though it is exactly the same fabric as Sunproof! Solution dyed fabric is a must if you want your covers / bean bags to last a long time without fading. The simple graphic below explains the benefit of solution dying.
The key differences between Olefin and Acrylic come down to hardiness, water resistance and price. Olefin is harder wearing than Acrylic, but Acrylic tends to have greater water resistance. For most uses and situations the extra water resistance is minimal, and since Olefin is much cheaper than Acrylic, we have found many customers are extremely happy using Olefin.
We highly recommend the Commercial or Olefin/Acrylic fabric if your covers are going to be left out in the elements . The Standard & Resortella fabrics will fade over time if in direct sunlight, however some colours fade better than others. Lighter colours are less effected by the sun. Olefin/Acrylic is definitely the best choice if you want your covers to stand the test of time. However, they do come at a price as the fabric is not cheap – sometimes new covers will be more than a new outdoor set! But if you can buy a whole new outdoor setting then the fabric is likely to be cheap, and you will need new covers within a year. So keep this in mind when weighing up the cost of Olefin/Acrylic v polyester, or the cost of a new outdoor setting.
Below is a summary of our fabrics and the best environments to use them.
- 400D Polyester
- Suits an undercover area (no sun)
- Has a matte canvas type finish
- PVC backed for water resistance
- 1680D Polyester
- It has a thicker weave allowing more dye to be applied making it more fade resistant, so it suits an area with occasional sun
- PVC backed for water resistance
- Treated Polyester – UV Resistance, Water Resistance, Mould Resistance
- Soft cushion finish
- Suitable for areas with no or very limited sun
Sunproof 100% Solution Dyed Olefin / Acrylic
- Suitable for areas where there will be sun and weather
- Water Resistant
- Chlorine Resistant
- Mould Resistant
- Tested and Certified as a high performance outdoor fabric (see the link above for certifications)