About Sunbrella® Outdoor Furniture FabricsSunbrella® fabrics are manufactured by Glen Raven, Inc. headquartered in Glen Raven, North Carolina. Sunbrella® is the result of over 45 years of ongoing research and development. Sunbrella's UV-resistant color pigments are fully blended into its high performance fiber. Sunbrella® fabric's strength and color refuses to fade even under the harshest conditions, while retaining the softness of spun cotton. Sunbrella® furniture fabrics are designed to be breathable and water repellent. They do not absorb water and are designed to air-dry very quickly - usually within a matter of minutes.
About Outdura® Outdoor Furniture FabricsOutdura® is a premium 100 percent solution-dyed woven acrylic fabric. Manufactured by Shuford Mills for over 125 years, it is available in an array of colors and weaves. Fast-drying, easy-cleaning, and high UV protection from the sun when used in shade application such as umbrellas and pavilions, Outdura® is rated to be one of the top fabrics available in the industry.
Furniture-weight Outdura® is ideal for upholstery, cushions and window treatments that must stand up to the elements, children, pets and other rough use. This comfortable, family-friendly Outdura® is attractive enough for indoor furnishings, yet weather-ready and durable enough for outdoor use. Upgraded seasonally with new colors, patterns and textural finishes, Outdura® is a winner of the Gold ADEX Award for design excellence. Furniture-weight Outdura® carries a five-year limited manufacturer's warranty.
No performance fabric is better or better made than Outdura which uses only 100% Dolan® solution dyed acrylic fiber. Solution dying is a unique process in which the pigment or dye is added, along with UV stabilizers, while the fiber is still in viscous form. This locks the color in so that it cannot be faded by the sun or bleached out with chlorine bleach. Additionally, the UV stabilizers keep the sun from "dry rotting" the fabric. Dry rotting is when a fabric, exposed to the sun loses strength to the point it literally "turns to dust". Solution-dyed acrylic is a natural at resisting stains. And as a further enhancement, stain release finishes are added making it even more stain resistant. Mildew is not a problem for Outdura either because acrylic will not support the growth of mildew.
To give Outdura fabric durability and a great look and hand, only ring spun yarns and staple cut fiber are used. Ring spinning has long been recognized as the premier method of producing yarns. Fabric made from ring spun yarns are softer, bulkier and more natural feeling and looking than fabric made with filament yarns of polyester, olefins or any other synthetic fiber. These fabrics are one dimensional, slick and lifeless when compared to fabrics made from ring spun yarns. Outdura also uses all two ply yarns. Two ply yarns add strength and durability making the fabric more abrasion and spill resistant.