How To Choose Fabric for an Umbrella

Choosing fabric

The use of umbrellas has fairly evolved through time. From their uses as basic protection from heat and a shelter during rainy seasons, umbrellas are now being used as decorations in a lot of residential and business properties. Though almost all the population in the world has seen and used one, many are still clueless as to what the fabrics being used in making one are.

Indeed, you may have seen different colors, sizes, and designs of umbrellas already. Perhaps your criteria in choosing the best buy might be anything other than the fabric. However, the fabric that is used is a very big factor in choosing a parasol that can serve you well for different purposes. In the end, it is still good to know about these facts. Here are the common materials for the making of umbrellas.

  • Canvas. This material is popularly used in patio umbrellas. Since canvas is a very heavy-duty material, umbrellas with this kind of fabric are expected to have a longer life span. This material is mostly used in tents, awnings, and cantilever umbrellas.
  • Polyester. This material is similar to that used in plastic containers. It has the ability to resist mildew and wrinkles. The Wind Vented Umbrellas manufactured by Shedrain are made of 100 percent polyester material. However, one of its drawbacks is that it is highly flammable.
  • Nylon. Basically, umbrellas that are made of nylon are among the cheapest of their kind. However, there is a big question about its durability. Nylon-made umbrellas are ideal for short term uses only and cannot be good for patio and other outdoor umbrellas.
  • Acrylic. This is a synthetic fiber that has the capability to resist wrinkles, the same as the polyester. A large number of this kind of umbrella is distributed in the market. Some manufacturers use this for the production of tents, sunshades, as well as cantilever umbrellas.
  • Clear Plastic. This kind of plastic material is usually used for bubble umbrellas. These bubble umbrellas appear as transparent parasols with a few simple designs. This kind of parasol is good for fashion-centered people. However, it is not good to be used as a sunshade under the scorching heat of the sun.

If you look back in the history of umbrellas, you will find a lot of other fabrics that were used for making a parasol. Some of the fabrics include cotton, linen, leather, silk, and lace. However, as to this day, nylon taffeta is the most widely used material for umbrellas. Still, popular umbrella brands like Shedrain and Sunbrella use different kinds of fabrics for different purposes. Sunbrella also manufactures awning and other furniture.

Now that you know about each type of fabric being used in the production of umbrellas, it will be easier for you to look for the right umbrella for you. Not only that—every price tag that you see will definitely be justified by the materials being used in their production. So grab the best umbrella that you can have for whatever purpose you may have. 


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