Polytex® Silver Shade Cloth is a special mesh fabric specifically designed for tensioned modular shade structures and free-standing shade sails. Made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), this fabric is created utilizing a lock stitch method called raschel knit, which knits a monofilament thread and tape together. This lock stitch method also ensures that the fabric will not tear or fray if it is cut or pierced. It is then heat set to provide additional stability. There is no right or wrong side to this fabric, but it is recommended to use the “smooth” side facing the sun and the “rough” side facing down. This will allow the fabric to be more easily cleaned.
Polytex is an economical choice for sail shades that is rated for fire resistance. It is recommended for residential and small commercial installations with unsupported spans of 25 feet (7.62m) or less. It provides UVA and UVB protection greater than 95% and is both lead and phthalate free. With high strength-to-weight ratio, UV performance, and fire rating, Polytex Shade Cloth is the ideal choice for shade structures and architectural shade sails where shade coverage and protection are desired.
HDPE material can be cut with a hotknife and we recommend using one to heat seal any exposed edges of your shade.
Please Note: Your shade sail canopy or shade structure should be installed firm and tight so as to reduce windflap in the shade cloth fabric. Shade cloth fabric that is loose and sloppy will cause premature failure due to mechanical breakdown. This is not UV breakdown and is not covered by the warranty. The shade sail will require periodic maintenance to ensure that the shade cloth fabric remains tight.
Care & Cleaning: Your shade cloth canopy may become dirty over time. Care should be taken to avoid chemicals that may contain bleach, or other industrial chemicals containing sulphur and/or halogens (chlorine bromine). These chemicals may attack the UV stabilizers within the shade cloth, thus reducing the life of the product and voiding the warranty. Utilizing a mild soap, gently remove any soil with a soft scrubbing brush. Rinse with a low-pressure water hose. We do not recommend the use of high-pressure water to blast the fabric clean.
Storage: If you remove the shade sail over winter, ensure that it is stored away from rodents and other pests, preferably stored in a protective bag. Make sure the fabric is completely dry before putting away to avoid mildew damage.
Shipping Note: This fabric is rolled and shipped center-folded.
|Sale Unit:||Sold per linear yard|
|Fabric Content:||100% Polyethylene|
|Fabric Design:||Solid & Variegated|
|Weight:||7 ounces per square yard|
|Care & Cleaning:||See Documents for Full Instructions|
|Special Features:||Breathable, Easy to Clean, Flame Retardant, Highly Abrasion Resistant, Highly UV Resistant|
|Certifications:||ASTM E84 (Adhered) - Class A, California Prop 65 Compliant , NFPA 701-2010|
|Tear Strength:||17 lbs (warp) 25 lbs (fill) ASTM D2261|
|Tensile Strength:||120 lbs (warp), 296 lbs (fill) ASTM D5034|
|Mullen Burst (lbs/in):||Face (warp) x 444 (fill) ASTM D3786|
|Ball Burst (lbf):||Face (warp) x 293 (fill) ASTM D3787|
|Outdoor Living:||Shade Sails|
10 continuous yards is maximum for shipping via Post Office.
How to Make a Shade Sail
Protect yourself from the sun in style! This tutorial video will walk you through creating your own shade sails for any outdoor living area, enhancing your property and helping you to beat the heat. Sailrite carries a variety of high-quality shade fabrics for this task, including Parasol™ and Polytex® fabrics by Polyfab™. These knitted shade cloth fabrics are made of 100% polyethylene and are highly abrasion resistant, durable and will protect you from up to 95% of UV radiation. They are available in a number of bright colors, sure to retain their color and shape for years to come! Follow along with this helpful how-to and soon you’ll have your very own shade sails.
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