What is Sunbrella Fabric?

Have you heard the buzz about Sunbrella fabric? Ever innovating and ever-growing, Sunbrella has been around for 51 years, and now with hundreds of indoor and outdoor fabrics, they are becoming more popular than ever. What is Sunbrella fabric, you ask? Well, simply put, Sunbrella Fabrics by Glen Raven are 100% solution-dyed acrylic fabrics that are water, fade, mold, mildew, and stain resistant. However, this description only scratches the surface of all that Sunbrella is. Perhaps the best way to explain what Sunbrella fabric is, is to show you what Sunbrella fabric does.

Here are some examples of what you can find Sunbrella doing around the world.

Sunbrella promotes:

Awnings give a storefront a unique and eye-catching look, and in the 1960’s Sunbrella revolutionized the awning industry by using acrylic fibers as an alternative to the traditional cotton. From art galleries, to restaurants, to auto repair shops, commercial awnings made from Sunbrella fabrics are popping up everywhere. Sunbrella awning fabrics are made from a solution dyed acrylic that is UV, water, and mildew resistant. They are fade-proof, stain-resistant, and long-lasting. Sunbrella even has a line of fabric designed especially for commercial and home awnings featuring a selection of striking stripes.

And the innovations just keep coming. In 2011, Sunbrella debuted the Clarity collection. Clarity is a self-cleaning fabric designed especially for hard to clean awnings. The fabric uses UV light to decompose organic material that lands on it and is extra water-resistant to wash away all of the residue.

Sunbrella protects:

Like a trusty guard dog, Sunbrella fabrics can protect your investments. Sunbrella’s Marine Grade Fabrics are widely considered the standard cloth for boating covers. Offering fantastic fade-resistant color options, superior water and mildew resistance, and a long life span, a boat cover made from Sunbrella will keep your vessel safe and dry for years.

When you’re ready to take your boat out for a spin, keep you and your family shaded and protected from UV rays with a Sunbrella bimini or dodger. Also great for residential awnings, Sunbrella fabrics offer up to 98% UV protection to keep your patio cool and safe. Always worried about your boat seat cushions fading? A Sunbrella seat cushion will keep its vibrant color even on a sun-soaked boat. As the number one marine fabric in the world, Sunbrella will enhance and shelter your watercraft.

Mainsail Cover - Bruce Powell

Sunbrella comforts:

Do you dream of furniture that is both elegant and durable; that looks stunning but is strong enough to not wither under the mess of kids and pets? Sunbrella fabrics are making your furniture dreams a reality. Sunbrella’s upholstery line is dyed and waterproofed just like their outdoor material but is made with a soft hand to comfort you at home. These worry-free fabrics can withstand a lot of wear and tear and most messes can be cleaned with mild soap and water. The furniture lines offer a wide array of colors and patterns including several theme-inspired collections such as stripes, yachting, and jacquards. Sunbrella Furniture Fabrics strive to make your life more comfortable and carefree.


Sunbrella recycles:

When the word “recycling” comes to mind, one often thinks of paper, cardboard, and plastics. But did you know that fabrics can be recycled too? Sunbrella accepts used material, and from their recycling facility in South Carolina, they give old fabrics new life as felt, insulation, padding and new fabric. In fact, Sunbrella’s Renaissance line of upholstery fabric is dedicated to recycled product. Their debut fabric of the line, Heritage, is a 50/50 blend of recycled and new Sunbrella fibers. Heritage comes in 12 colors and features a vintage look while retaining the longevity of traditional Sunbrella.

With all of the things Sunbrella can do, why not try them out for your next project? Sailrite is a proud distributer of Sunbrella fabrics since 2003. We have hundreds of indoor and outdoor fabrics in stock, ready to ship out to you. For more in-depth descriptions of Sunbrella or to purchase fabric by the yard visit www.sailrite.com.

  1. Hi, I was wondering where you got the teardrop running lights? I just bought a 1966 go lite and it is missing all 4. Thanks,

    • Nikki said:

      Hi Herb,

      Unfortunately, I’m not sure where to point you for teardrop running lights. Sorry!

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