How to choose umbrella fabric?

When customers come to customize umbrellas or beach parasols. some do not know how to choose umbrella fabrics. Here I share some knowledge with you.

Umbrella canopy is the largest part of the umbrella. Then the choose of fabric is very critical to the design and production of the whole umbrella.

Umbrella fabrics are divided into six categories according to their materials:



3. nylon

The above three types of fabrics can be customized into the plain cloth and printed cloth.

4. Oxford fabric mainly makes sun umbrellas and outdoor tents.

5.RPET fabric

RPET Fabric RPET fabric (Recycled PET Fabric), also known as Coke bottle environmental protection cloth, is a new type of environmentally friendly recycled fabric. Its yarn is extracted from discarded mineral water bottles and Coke bottles. This product is recycled from waste. It is an ideal environmentally friendly material for use. Advantages of RPET fabric In addition to the characteristics of ordinary polyester fabrics.


Canvas is the main fabric on our current premium beach umbrellas. It can be polyester, polyester cotton, and cotton.

According to the thickness of the fabric:

Polyester fabric with a thickness of 160T and 170T, mainly used as a low-end umbrella

The pongee fabric and nylon fabric with a thickness of 190T or more are mainly made of medium and high-grade umbrellas.

These fabrics are coated with black glue and silver glue to provide UV protection. The English name for UV protection fabrics is “Anti-UV Fabric” or “UV-CUT Fabric”.The price of the fabric varies according to the degree of UV protection. Looking at the cloth against the light, the opacity is usually better than the quality of the glue, and the sunscreen effect is good.

Comparison of the most conventional polyester and pongee fabric

1. Polyester  (170T, 190T)

Advantages: The fabric is brighter in color, smoother in feel and cheaper, suitable for merchants with a limited budget.

Disadvantages: Water resistance is poor, wrinkles fold up.

Recommendation: Polyester crepe fabric is poor in water repellency and easily causes rusting of the skeleton. To extend the life of the umbrella, it is recommended to use an iron skeleton with anti-rust treatment to prevent and delay the rust of the skeleton and prolong the use of the umbrella.

2.Pognee(170T, 190T, 210T)

Advantages: It has good UV protection, stable quality, and no creases. Not affected by temperature, a waterproof function is better, color grade is ideal, it is the most cost-effective umbrella cloth, generally only used in medium and high-grade high rain.

Disadvantages: the price is more expensive

We are efficient and professional in custom design. According to the different needs of customers, we adopt the corresponding fabric configuration. In addition, we recommend the most cost-effective pongee fabric. It has good UV protection, stable quality, and no creases. Not affected by temperature, the waterproof function is better, color grade is higher.

pongee fabric

Pongee fabrics


What Is Canvas?

Canvas is a plain-woven fabric typically made out of cotton and, to a lesser extent, linen. Canvas fabric is known for being durable, sturdy, and heavy duty. By blending cotton with synthetic fibers, canvas can become water resistant or even waterproof, making it a great outdoor fabric.

The canvas fabric is heavy and it is an ideal outdoor umbrella and beach umbrella fabric. After treatment, it can be waterproof and anti-ultraviolet grade 50+.

This is also the most important factor that we actively recommend to our customers to make luxury sun beach umbrellas.

UV 50+ test report of canvas

If you need a high quality sun protection umbrella. Then be sure to pay attention to its UPF rating when choosing a fabric.

What is UPF?

The factor we use to calculate the ability to isolate ultraviolet (UV) is UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor). If the UPF value is 50, it means that 1/50 of the ultraviolet rays can pass through the fabric, that is, the higher the UPF value, the better the UV protection effect.

The highest UPF value of textiles in Chinese standards is 50+, which means UPF>50. Because the UPF is greater than 50, the impact on the human body is negligible.

UV protection for beach umbrella
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