Tent Fabric: How to Choose

Many people sometimes are faced with the purchase of fabric for an awning. The market offers a huge variety in which it is necessary to choose the right and high-quality material.


Tarpaulin is the most popular fabric for awnings, despite the presence of modern synthetic materials. It is made from natural fibers of linen and cotton. The density of this material is 300-600 g / m2, and therefore it is very rough. Tarpaulin has properties such as wear resistance, durability, breathability.

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In addition, the material for Shade N Net is impregnated with special compounds that make the tarpaulin waterproof and fireproof. In addition, it is the cheapest material to create canopies in agriculture, construction.

PVC-coated fabrics

PVC-coated fabrics can be attributed to inexpensive fabrics. They are lighter and thinner than tarpaulin, but they are very durable and do not lose their shape. The advantage of such fabrics is that they:

  • do not fade under the rays of the sun;
  • protect against penetration of UV rays;
  • not susceptible to temperature differences from -30 to +70;
  • repel water.

PVC fabrics are used for outdoor awnings, tents, car park awnings. Unlike all other materials, it is able to retain heat, and therefore it is used in cold regions for the construction of insulated canopies.

Rubberized fabrics

The most popular fabrics that do not let water through and repel water are rubberized fabrics. They are well suited for car awnings, for carports, as well as for summer cottages and cottages where you need to make a canopy over a terrace or gazebo.

Rubberized fabrics
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Acrylic fabric

Acrylic fabric, like the previous one, has wear resistance, water resistance and other important characteristics. But the difference is in a wide range of colors, and the acrylic fabric does not fade in the sun and does not deform. Acrylic fabrics are often used in the manufacture of awnings.


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