What you should know about Sunbrella fabric

Posted by Jonathan Blampied on 08-Aug-2017 10:13:47
The world's best shade requires the world's best fabric. Sunbrella is our marine and awning fabric of choice. The 100% solution-dyed acrylic is used for shade and marine canopies due to its superior engineering and properties, making it the best choice for outdoor shade cover.

Sunbrella has gained popularity throughout the world as the best outdoor fabric around. Our brand new umbrella models, the Shadowspec Serenity™ and Shadowspec Unity™ 

Fade Resistant

Sunbrella is made from solution-dyed acrylic where the colours are added to the Sunbrella yarn, even before it’s produced to give it the long-lasting colour that won’t fade or wash out. Regular fabric colour is added to the surface of the yarn, meaning it only is “one layer deep” and isn’t woven into the fabric, so over a short period of time this can fade or wash out leaving you with old, tired outdoor fabric

UV Protection


Sunbrella is UV resistant and carries the Skin Cancer Foundation seal of approval as a safe fabric to use on outdoor shade coverings. This means it's met the Foundation's criteria for safe and effective UV sun protection.  The testing requirements include an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of 30 or higher for clothing and fabrics, and 99% or greater blockage of ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation for sunglasses and UV films.

Water Resistant

Outdoor products also have to stand up when the weather isn’t quite so good. Sunbrella fabrics are designed for the marine and outdoor furniture industry. It’s water resistance makes it a great fabric that ensures our Outdoor Umbrellas can be used as both a shade protector and as a roof over your head when it rains.

Mildew and Mould Proof

As with any awning fabric, it will be exposed to the elements being outdoors. With regular care, the Sunbrella fabric will outlast the warranty and will not grow mould or mildew on it. Just be sure to brush off any organic matter that could grow mould - but if this attaches to the fabric, following the easy-care cleaning instructions will take care of this.

Easy to Clean

The water-resistant properties make Sunbrella fabric easy to wipe up a mess or spills such as bird droppings or garden debris, leaves and pollen, watch this short video to see how resistant and easy to wipe up any spills or mess with just water, bleach and soap:

5 Year Warranty

Sunbrella is very long-lasting and looks good throughout its whole life.

The Sunbrella manufacturers are so sure of their product that we can offer at least a 5-year guarantee on the canopies of our quality outdoor umbrellas, and this includes against any fading - no matter what colour you choose.

Great Colours RangeSunbrella-Fabric-1.jpg

Sunbrella has a gargantuan range of colour choices and all are guaranteed to last no matter how bright or dark the shade might be, it won’t fade! Shadowspec Umbrellas can be made to order in custom colours, giving you the freedom to choose something that will compliment your outdoor space.


At Shadowspec we pride ourselves on the quality of every part of every umbrella, and Sunbrella fabric really delivers with a top performing product that we use for the canopy. We have had many success stories using Sunbrella and are looking forward to many more! Get in touch with our team to go over your shade protection, or take a look at our testimonials below:
"It has been the best purchase yet. I can’t thank you enough for all your help and advise with choosing an umbrella to suit our needs. Not to mention getting it to us so quick and so close to Xmas was awesome. Being able to move it around with ease to shade us in and out of the pool at the same time is perfect. It looks just as good now to when we first got it. You were right the darker colour cuts and hasn’t faded.  Anyone thinking of purchasing this umbrella just do it. You won’t regret it."
Patricia, QLD

"The best quality product I could find following lengthy research via the Internet." 
Doug McIntyre - Sydney, NSW
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Topics: Product Care, Outdoor Shade, Sunbrella

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