It all starts with the fiber, which is Acrylic. Acrylic definitely doesn’t sound fancy, especially since most people are familiar with it from its common use in apparel as a cheaper alternative to things like wool and cashmere. Have you seen the extremely brightly colored acrylic yarns at the craft store? The acrylic yarns are the brightest because of the fibers natural ability to absorb and hold onto color extremely well. So how does this common fiber become what we call the “BEST OUTDOOR FABRIC?”
During the solution dyeing process the acrylic is actually dyed while it is still in a soft viscous state. The dye becomes apart of this fiber substance along with other stabilizers permanently locking in color. Propriety Outdura™ finishes prevent water, dirt, humidity from permeating the surface. Acrylic does not support mold or mildew growth and can even be cleaned with bleach. The finished Outdura fabric comes with a 5 year warranty !
For a long time the 9.5oz fabric was made for awnings and umbrellas. Solution dyed acrylic fabric gained its long lasting reputation through that use. The fabrics ability to maintain rich color for years and years is fantastic! Now Outdura offers solution dyed acrylic in a lighter 8oz weight perfect for outdoor upholstery. It is softer and user friendly on any type of sewing machine. Basically its an awning fabric you can cover your furniture with that has a soft feel!
So yes, it sounds a whole lot like Sunbrella. Sunbrella also makes their fabrics with the same acrylic fiber and same warranty. There are many similarities, but a few big differences that led us to Outdura. Before we distributed either fabric we did a little homework. Check out our article Outdura vs. Sunbrella.
We are offering great wholesale prices and bulk discounts on our Outdura fabric. As usual we offer fabric samples so you can see for yourself!