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.

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

1.Style of Umbrella Fabric

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

1. Polyester

2. Pongee

3. Nylon

The above three types of fabrics can be customized into 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.

6. Canvas

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

1.2 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.

1.3 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 putdoor fabric
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How to Choose the Best Umbrella Fabric for Your Needs

When it comes to selecting the perfect umbrella for your outdoor space, the choice of fabric plays a crucial role in ensuring durability, weather resistance, and overall aesthetics. With a myriad of options available in the market, it can be overwhelming to decide which umbrella fabric is best suited for your needs. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the various factors to consider when choosing umbrella fabric and highlight some of the top choices available.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Umbrella Fabric

  1. Durability: The durability of the fabric is paramount, especially if you intend to use the umbrella frequently or in harsh weather conditions. Look for fabrics that are made from high-quality materials such as Sunbrella, which is known for its exceptional durability and fade resistance.

  2. Weather Resistance: The fabric should be able to withstand various weather conditions, including rain, wind, and UV exposure. Fabrics treated with a waterproof coating are ideal for rainy climates, while UV-resistant fabrics offer protection against the sun’s harmful rays.

  3. Maintenance: Consider the ease of maintenance when choosing umbrella fabric. Fabrics that are easy to clean and maintain, such as those that can be machine washed or wiped clean with a damp cloth, are preferable for long-term use.

  4. Color and Design: The color and design of the fabric should complement your outdoor space and personal style. Opt for fabrics that are available in a wide range of colors and patterns to suit your aesthetic preferences.

  5. Breathability: Breathable fabrics allow air to circulate, preventing heat buildup and reducing the risk of mold and mildew growth. Look for fabrics that are breathable yet durable for optimal comfort and longevity.


Q: Can I leave my umbrella outside all year round? A: While some umbrella fabrics are designed to withstand outdoor conditions year-round, it’s generally recommended to store your umbrella in a sheltered area when not in use to prolong its lifespan.

Q: How do I clean my umbrella fabric? A: The cleaning method will depend on the fabric type. For most fabrics, you can use a mild soap and water solution and gently scrub with a soft brush or sponge. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the fabric.

Q: Are there any special maintenance tips for umbrella fabric? A: To maintain your umbrella fabric, it’s important to regularly clean it and ensure it is properly secured in windy conditions. You may also consider applying a fabric protector to help repel stains and prolong the fabric’s lifespan.

Q: Can I customize the fabric of my umbrella? A: Yes, many umbrella manufacturers offer customization options, allowing you to choose from a variety of fabrics, colors, and patterns to suit your style and needs.

Q: How can I tell if an umbrella fabric is high quality? A: High-quality umbrella fabrics are typically made from durable materials, such as Sunbrella or Olefin, and are treated to be waterproof, UV-resistant, and easy to clean. Look for fabrics that come with a warranty for added peace of mind.



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