Standard Shade Fabric
Shade fabric is made from extruded and UV stabilized high density polyethylene (HDPE) monofilament and tape yarns. The fabric is constructed by knitting together the monofilament and tape yarns using a 'raschel' lock-stitch pattern designed to significantly reduce the spreading of tears/cuts. The entire finished textile is then heat stentered to help reduce shrinkage and creep over time.
HDPE fabric is mold resistant and waterproof however the 'mesh' pattern creates small gaps in coverage which allows some water to pass through. Layering and sloping can successfully improve water deflection and rain shed. The advantage of having gaps in coverage is that it allows warmer air to rise through the fabric, helping to reduce the temperature below.
Mass and UV Block
10.3 oz per sq. yd. (340gsm) - Commercial Grade
93.5% to 97.6% UV block (color discrepancy)
Surface Burning Classification (ASTM E84) - Class I/A Fire Retardant
Flame Spread Index (FSI) - 25
Smoke Developed Index (SDI) - 105