Why Pick Sunbrella® Fabric?
After glancing through our extensive fabric selection, and perhaps some of our helpful blogs, you may be asking yourself, “what’s the deal with Sunbrella® fabrics?” Well, we’re here to explain the reason behind their popularity. Sailrite® has proudly been partners with Glen Raven, the makers of Sunbrella, for many years and we stand behind their high-quality products for good reason. Join us as we delve into the world of Sunbrella fabrics and discuss why you should consider using them for your next project.
Sunbrella is a well-established brand, having been around for decades. It all began in 1961 when Glen Raven Inc. set out with the goal of creating a durable, weather-resistant fabric for awnings. The result was a new product with vastly improved shrink and UV resistance and better color retention — something called solution-dyed acrylic. In fact, the best part of Sunbrella begins with the fibers themselves and earns them the name “performance fabrics.” In many respects, Sunbrella’s solution-dyed acrylic has changed the fabric game completely.
Solution-dyed acrylic is a synthetic material in which the color is saturated to the core of each fiber. The synthetic nature of solution-dyed acrylic gives it a longer lifespan compared to natural fabrics that will degrade over time, like cotton. You never have to worry about Sunbrella fabrics being compromised by UV rays, cleaning solutions (such as bleach) or mold, mildew and stains. This gives you the freedom to use Sunbrella products indoors and out, rain or shine, earning them the reputation as a durable performance fabric. This unique fiber is far superior to many other products on the market. It’s what sets Sunbrella apart from the crowd. You can read more about its plethora of positive attributes in our blog “Sunbrella Upholstery Fabrics” (300387XHT).
Another advantageous feature of Sunbrella fabrics is that each solution-dyed acrylic fiber is either woven into a solid or a jacquard pattern. Some other brands have the pattern printed on the surface of the fabric, but not Sunbrella! Their jacquard patterns are woven into the fabric itself, so they won’t rub off or warp over time, promising continuous vibrancy season after season. To learn more about this unique patterning technique and its benefits, check out the blog “Jacquard Fabric — What Is a Jacquard?” (300390XHT) on our site.
From their manufacturing facility to your home, Glen Raven is an environmentally conscious company. Their sustainable practices begin at their North Carolina plant, where they utilize solar energy in an effort to lower their carbon emissions. This solar array generates enough energy to power 47 homes and has reduced their CO2 emissions by a staggering 1,000 tons. But the environmental impact doesn't stop there!
When Sunbrella fabrics are manufactured, the unique coloring process conserves more water than traditional dyeing processes. They’re also so well made that you won’t have to replace or throw them away as often as most fabrics, reducing your carbon footprint. Sunbrella has even implemented the “Recycle My Sunbrella” program, allowing U.S. customers to mail in their old Sunbrella remnants to be repurposed into other products, such as new Sunbrella fabrics. Their manufacturing facility makes it a point not to send any of their waste to landfills.
Inside your home, Sunbrella fabrics are GREENGUARD® Gold Certified. This means they meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) standards for healthy indoor air quality, promising low chemical and particle emissions. Why should you care? Well, these low emissions make Sunbrella fabrics safe for use around children, pets and the elderly, as they do not emit harsh toxins or carcinogens into the air. It’s just one more reason to love Sunbrella!
Lines, Styles & Collections
With their impressive collection of fabrics suited for just about any DIY or environment, there’s a Sunbrella fabric for nearly every home, marine, auto and outdoor project. You can cover your house, boat, RV, car, patio and more with high-quality Sunbrella. Below we’ll explain the various lines, styles and collections of Sunbrella and the best ways to use them. Depending on the specific line of Sunbrella, some fabrics have a 5-year warranty and others boast a 10-year warranty.
Each line has its own recommended uses and is tailored for specific applications. We’ll also explain the variations in abrasion resistance on these fabrics. If you’d like to learn more about how abrasion resistance is measured and what it means for a fabric, check out the informative blog “What are Double Rubs and the Wyzenbeek Test?” (300100XHT).
Sunbrella Upholstery: Built tough with the softness and suppleness you want in your home, Sunbrella Upholstery Fabrics are a fantastic choice for your next home décor project. Utilize these diverse colors and patterns for furniture upholstery, slipcovers, cushions, decorative accents, headboards, patio cushions and pillows, RV upholstery and interior boat cabin upholstery. The best part? These fabrics have incredible cleanability, as most messes bead off or can be washed with soap and water. Nothing is too messy for Sunbrella Upholstery Fabrics!
You’ll also find our first-ever fabric collection, The Sailrite® Collection of Sunbrella Upholstery Fabrics, within this category of products. Check out our blog on the collection (300394XHT) to learn more and explore this one-of-a-kind grouping of fabrics. All Sunbrella upholstery fabrics boast over 10,000 double rubs, which means they can handle years of abrasion and still look like new. Sunbrella Upholstery Fabrics range from 9,000-68,000 double rubs (cotton) in terms of abrasion resistance.
Sunbrella Shade Collection: Marine & Awning: What we classify as the Sunbrella Shade Collection of fabrics actually includes a lot more than just shade fabrics. One of these is arguably Sunbrella’s most popular product: Sunbrella Marine Grade Fabric. As the standard marine cover cloth in the industry, these fabrics are made of soft, breathable, 100% solution-dyed acrylic that is resistant to UV rays, water and mildew and will not shrink or stretch.
This reversible performance fabric can be used for boat tops, sail covers, biminis, dodgers, awnings, outdoor covers, cockpit cushions and more! To learn more about this renowned fabric, check out the blog “Making Sense of Sunbrella Marine Fabrics” (300034XHT). Sunbrella Marine Grade and Awning fabrics are UV resistant, so much so that they’ve earned the Skin Cancer Association seal of recommendation for their use in protection against sun-induced skin damage. Sunbrella Marine Grade, Awning and Shade fabrics measure at 40,000 double rubs (wire) for great abrasion resistance.
Sunbrella Specialty Fabrics: SeaMark®, Sheer & Sling: Sunbrella has broadened their reach into almost every realm of the fabric world, including sling fabric, drapery fabric and waterproof marine fabric. The first of these, Sunbrella Sling, is a combination of Sunbrella’s solution-dyed acrylic with vinyl to create a hardy outdoor sling fabric that is strong enough to support human weight but still remains soft and comfortable.
Sunbrella Sheer blends Sunbrella’s promise of quality, durability and fade resistance with a sheer and delicate weave for a perfect window treatment and drapery fabric for your home. For protection against the harshest conditions in any marine environment, consider Sunbrella SeaMark. It’s a completely waterproof version of Sunbrella Marine Grade, featuring a PVC backing on the underside — a combination that results in a colorfast, waterproof fabric laminate. Read our blog “Comparing Stamoid® Top & Sunbrella SeaMark Marine Fabrics” (300397XHT) for even more insight into this product.
We hope that now you’ve gained a greater understanding of Sunbrella’s wide variety of products and why they’re well suited for your next sewing project. If you still have questions in regards to Sunbrella fabrics, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our customer support team via email, telephone or the chat function on our website. Or you can visit our Sunbrella brand landing page! You can also take full advantage of our fabric samples; it’s easy to order samples of any Sunbrella fabric just by browsing our website. Learn more about this helpful resource in our blog “Fabric Swatches & Fabric Swatch Books From Sailrite” (300368XHT).