Almost half a century ago, Sunbrella fabrics introduced a revolutionary array of fabrics that concentrated on boats. Marine fabrics – for sails, awnings, and tarps, and even ropes and coils – have a hard, demanding life. Unrelenting sun, acidic salt water, and cycling humidity and dryness generate a intense environment. For many years, cotton based fabrics like oiled canvas were the only option available, but natural fibers become brittle in sunlight and salt and are prone to mold and rot.
Sunbrella began manufacturing marine textiles in 1961 to offer an alternative to cotton. Solution-dyed acrylics are man-made fibers that offer an innate resistance to mold, mildew and rot that cotton lacks, while simultaneously having better performance in both sun and salt water. Sunbrella’s solution-dyed acrylic also offers an aesthetic feature that other man-made materials don’t–Sunbrella fabrics are soft, breathably woven, and gently textured – just like cotton. For nearly 50 years, Sunbrella has been the number one choice for boating fabrics. Sunbrella awning fabric performance is proven in high-stress boating application. Its style and beauty is proven in how many different designers use Sunbrella fabrics. Sunbrella fabrics are used in outdoor furniture, pillows, and awnings, and are now extending into interior furniture. Its strength, UV resistance, fade-proof color, and versatility make it a smart choice. Sunbrella’s emphasis on tactile senses-–softness, texture, color–give their fabrics a comfortable, everyday beauty.
Sunbrella’s solution-dyed acrylic awning fabrics are long-lived, with a lifespan as long as 20 years (anywhere from two to ten times longer than other fabrics). Sunbrella backs this up with the longest warranty in the industry–10 years against basic wear.
Kohler Awning is proud to work with Sunbrella in providing our customers with an awning fabric will last them for years to come. Sunbrella offers both solid, and striped awning fabric patterns.