What are UV rays? Why should you care? Why is it important for things like awnings? The answers are simple.
UV rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation which are emitted by the sun. These rays are harmful and can cause things like color degradation in fabrics, deterioration in textiles, and sunburns. UV rays are not visible to the human eye.
When it comes to awnings and the fabrics that make up these shade structures, it’s important that it be UV ray resistant. Fabrics, like skin, are subject to damage from the sun. Awnings are outside, 24-hours a day, seven-days a week. This means awnings are exposed to the sun and UV rays consistently, constantly, daily. The textile that makes up an awning is a specialty fabric and is designed to withstand the elements.
For example, our TOP NOTCH awning fabric is UV ray resistance and colorfast, breathable, reversible, water repellent, and fade resistant. These qualities are excellent for awning use and for other outdoor applications like trailer covers and marine tops.
Our line of RECACRIL fabrics are especially developed for awning and tent applications. UV ray resistance is just one of the many features of this line of awning and tent fabric; it has high tensile strength, high tear strength, and is water and dirt repellent.
Using awning fabrics with UV ray resistance is important because without it your textile is subject to:
- Fading: UV rays and sunlight can fade the color of your fabric if it is not protected. This means the color of your awning will diminish and you will need to replace the fabric sooner rather than later.
- Damage: UV rays and sunlight can damage a fabric and cause its fibers to degrade with time.
- Sunlight Incursion: Most importantly, UV ray resistance means that the damaging effects of this radiation are not allowed through the fabric of the awning. This means you and your loved ones are protected from the sun’s harmful rays and ultimately from sunburns.
Remember, using UV ray resistant awning fabric is important, but it’s not the only thing you should be looking for in an awning textile. Keep in mind you want to find fabrics that are designed for the outdoors and include UV ray resistance, water repellency, and more. Consult your manufacturer or supplier for more information about awning textiles.
Now that you know a little more about UV ray resistance and awning fabrics, let us know how we can help you with your next project by visiting us at www.vaughanbros.com or giving us a call at 1-800-444-4701.