Although we’re almost certain you’re out on the water enjoying the beautiful sunshine, we thought you might appreciate a guide to selecting the right window material. We frequently get asked the question: “What window material should I use for my project?” Whether you’re working on an enclosure, dodger, sunroom or windshield or adding a window to your bimini or sail, you’ll need to choose a window material.
There are several elements to consider when selecting a window material:
- • Optical Clarity
- • Scratch Resistance
- • UV Resistance
- • Stain/Chemical Resistance
- • Hand
- • Price
Sailrite offers a variety of window materials, and although several of the materials are interchangeable in application, each brand has a varying degree of each element that may help you make a more informed decision. For a quick reference guide and brand comparison chart, view our Window Material Buying Guide PDF by searching (#300087XHT) at Sailrite.com
O’Sea® & Strataglass™: Premium press-polished clear vinyl with exceptional optical clarity and UV durability. Coated to provide a scratch and chemical resistant barrier. O’Sea has a soft and flexible hand. Strataglass has a medium hand and is semi-firm.
Regalite®, Crystal Clear & Kal-Glas: Press-polished clear vinyl with excellent optical clarity and good UV resistance. Average scratch resistance and little chemical resistance. Regalite has a soft and flexible hand. Crystal Clear & Kal-Glas have a medium hand and are semi-firm.
Plastipane: Economical polished clear vinyl with good optical clarity. Very soft, very flexible, and comes on a roll.
How to Install a Window
After selecting the right window material for your project, you’ll need to install it! Follow these 5 easy steps to install a window in a canvas project or sail.
- Cut the window material to your desired window shape.
- Baste the window in place with seamstick over top the fabric.
- Sew the window in place using V-92 or V-69 thread and the appropriate needle size.
- Use scissors to trim away the fabric from the window.
- Bind the raw fabric edges with binding (optional).