Fabrics


Color is a great way to express yourself. Whether you choose the drama of black, the passion of red, or the serenity of earth tones, color is the final statement that sets the mood for your outdoor living space. That’s why we offer a broad range of commercial awning fabrics. It’s all about choice and this page will help you make the right one.

For all our fabrics, we weld the seams instead of sew them. Welding provides a waterproof seam for the long term so you can rely on it for rain protection for the full life of the fabric. When installed and maintained correctly, ShadeFX canopies ensure a dry outdoor space by naturally shedding rainwater left or right of the drive beam. For those in the southwest, thread is the first thing in an awning to succumb to UV. With welded seams the canopy will last until the fabric fails, not just the thread.

Depending on your requirements, you will be choosing between Sunbrella, Top Gun 9, or Weblon/Ferrari fabrics. These options are described in more detail below:

Sunbrella Top Gun 9 Weblon / Ferrari
Water Resistant
Protects 24 to 48 hours
Water Repellent
Protects for life of fabric
Water Proof
Protects for life of fabric
Hundreds of Colors 20 Colors Dozens of Colors
Solid Colors and Stripes Solid Colors Only Solid Colors Only
Non Fire Resistant Non Fire Resistant Fire Resistant
10 Year Warranty 7 Year Warranty 8 Year Warranty
Standard (Solid)
Premium (Patterns)
Standard Pricing Premium Pricing
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The Difference Between Water Resistant, Water Repellent and Waterproof

ShadeFX offers three types of quality fabrics with varying degrees of water protection. Depending on climate, usage and function, customers can choose between water resistant, water repellent and waterproof canopy fabrics. Below are some general guidelines on their application.

  • If canopies are expected to keep an outdoor space dry for the duration of a light rain shower, water resistant fabrics will be suitable for your outdoor space.
  • In climates that experience greater precipitation, water repellent fabrics may be a more viable solution. This type of fabric is tightly woven and/or coated with a chemical finish that repels water upon contact, rather then allowing it to seep through the material.
  • If a canopy is subject to constant rain over a course of a week or an entire season, waterproof fabrics are recommended. Waterproof fabrics are not available in patterns, only solid colors, but will ensure a dry outdoor space regardless of precipitation.

 

Our most popular fabric is Sunbrella, a solution dyed acrylic made in the USA. It is well known to be ultra-durable and available in a color selection second to none. Download the Sunbrella fabric brochure to see the full complement of these water resistant fabrics where you are sure to find the right color or pattern to make your canopy the perfect blend of beauty, comfort, and practicality. Premium Sunbrella Fabrics from the Signature Series (striped) or the Silica Series (textured) are subject to a surcharge. Sunbrella commercial awning fabrics have a 10 year limited warranty.
For water repellent fabrics, we use Top Gun 9, an acrylic coated 100% woven polyester fabric. This is a medium weight fabric that provides long lasting durability for a wide variety of outdoor applications. Lighter than most high end fabrics (9 oz.), Top Gun 9 is mildew resistant, tough to high abrasion, completely reversible and backed by a seven year warranty.
Top Gun 9 fabric was subject to a drum test in which eight inches of water was pooled over a period of 24 hours. No water permeated through to the under side of the fabric.
Condominiums and restaurants are subject to building codes that require fire resistant fabrics. For these projects we offer Weblon (meets ASTME 84) and Ferrari (meets ULC-S109-1969). These are PVC based commercial fabrics that have a plastic touch and feel. However, from a distance they look like fabric. Because they are essentially a plastic coated fabric core, they are also waterproof.

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