What is waterproof shade cloth?
Waterproof shade cloth is simply a normal domestic grade 90% mono-tape shade cloth that has been treated with a UV stabilised resin coating to create a waterproof layer.
How is domestic shade cloth different from commercial shade cloth?
Domestic shade cloth is made with a tape filler to increase its opacity. This tape filler is knitted into the fabric between the strands of monofilament. Think of monofilament as being like fishing line. When it is knitted together it forms a fabric, in this case, shade cloth.
The difference between domestic and commercial shade cloth is that commercial shade cloth is 100% monofilament (knitted fishing line). It has no tape filler. This makes commercial shade cloth very strong and suitable for use under tension. Domestic shade cloth is not suitable for high tension applications such as shade sails because the tape filler stretches at a different rate to the monofilament. Domestic shade cloth is designed to be spread over a frame work, like a pergola, not tensioned out like a shade sail.
If I cut it, will it come unravelled?
No. The shade cloth we supply is knitted not woven. Knitted shade cloth is knitted on special lock-stich machines. If you cut the shade cloth you will get a raw edge but it will not fray or unravel.
How do I install it?
Refer to the Technical Details document under the Brochures page. Note: waterproof shade cloth must be installed with a fall otherwise it can catch water and pool causing the fabric to stretch and tear the resin coating. The plastic or resin coating should be installed facing downwards. If you puncture the fabric during installation, it will leak. To rectify this, we recommend coating the punctured area with an outdoor UV stabilised Silicone product.
How long will it last?
It’s warranted for 2 Years.
What colours does it come in?
Green and Sandstone
Can I join it?
In order to join the fabric you must first overlap the fabric by the width of the fixture beneath it. It is recommended that a baton is placed along the top of the overlapping fabric before fastening. Then, using a screw or nail etc secure the baton, sandwiching the two layers of fabric to the fixture below. This is the most effective way to join the Waterproof Shadecloth with minimal pucturing of the fabric. Fastening products such as gang nails can also be used, however, the chance of water leaking through the puncture is higher. Any fastening that punctures the fabric will inevitably increase the risk of leakage. Please note that ideal fastening systems will vary from situation to situation.
How long until you can ship me a roll?
We hold stock and can ship it out the same or next day depending on what time you place your order.
Can I pick it up?
Of course. We always recommend calling ahead so that we can have your order picked and ready for collection.
I’m not in Sydney, how do I get it?
No problem. We ship Australia wide.
Waterproof Shade cloth has a 2 Year UV warranty against UV degradation. Please note: The fabric must be applied with the plastic coating facing down with the shade cloth side exposed to the elements or warranty is voided