Using the Best Fabric for you outdoor cushions
Some History About Sunbrella and Outdora fabrics
Sunbrella has a rich history. It began in 1961, making the acrylic awnings over businesses and restaurants, for which they are renowned. This fabric had the feel of cotton, but had a stronger durability and resistance to fading. By the 1970s, Sunbrella was already making sails and upholstery for seafaring vessels. In the following decade, outdoor furniture became more popular, and Sunbrella entered that market as well. More recently, in 2002, they branched into the market for home furnishing, trying to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor products. In 2016, they will be celebrating 55 years of business. They tend to be more popular domestically than abroad.
Outdora is made by the Sattler group, an international group based out of Hudson, North Carolina, which can trace its roots to a fabric-making family of over 5 generations. It started with the Shuford family in 1880, who dreamed of producing the highest quality goods on the market. By the 1990s, they accomplished this. In the early 2000s, Outdora was born.
In 2011, the Sattler group, also run by a fabric-making family of at least 5 generations, bought the Shuford’s business, along with Outdora, which is only 13 years old as of yet.
Since then, the Outdora brand has become a best-seller in Europe. So while Outdora has gained some renown domestically, they have a greater reputation internationally.
Sunbrella provides fabrics for a variety of purposes. They still create awnings for businesses, as well as sails and seating upholstery on sea vessels. Their fabric is used to create umbrellas for outdoor seating, upholstery (indoor and out), and drapes, with drapes being the newest addition to their lineup.
Outdura focuses primarily on outdoor furniture for patios, including umbrellas.
Both companies use acrylic fabric to create their products. Both fabrics are guaranteed to maintain color and protect the users from the sun.
Sunbrella offers a variety of textures, styles, and colors to match the consumer’s wants and need. Some are more basic, consisting of one color, others are striped, some are designed to look like wood or bamboo, plaid, and some have designs (a tennis rackets for instance) repeating across the fabric.
Likewise, Outdora provides a variety of styles and colors: zig-zagged, diamonds, stripes, and designs as well. They are certified according to OEKO-TEX standard, the global testing standard for international products. They claim to have up to 50 SPF under the umbrella.
Both companies offer fabric customization to meet the customer’s needs.
Cheaper Outdora styles costs around $14/ yard, compared to Sunbrella’s $25.
Both companies offer a guarantee that the product will not fade in color in any way, nor tear under normal conditions. If either occurs, both are protected under warranty.
Sunbrella had an increase in performance with its installation process in 2008. Awnings and sails installed before 2008 have a guarantee of 5 years, while those installed after 2008 are good for 10. Likewise, the furniture and other fabrics have a guarantee of 3 years , if installed before 2008, and 5 years afterward.
Outdora has a 5 year warranty for its 8 ounce products and a 6 year warranty for its 9 ounce product, if the consumer can prove that the Outdora fabric was properly installed, maintained, and used.
A common concern over any outdoor product or fabric, concerns how to maintain it and how to treat various stains resulting from mildew, dirt, or bird droppings.
Maintenance for the Outdora line of fabrics involves brushing off dirt and rinsing with warm water. The cleaning process involves warm water and Lux or Ivory soap. Sunbrella offers similar instructions: wipe off dirt, cleaning up spills as they occur, and spot cleaning the fabric.
Both have recommended that in cases of mildew, the user should simply wash it off and get rid of the dirt that helps the fungus to form.
For deeper stains, they have a list of potential situations and remedies. That can be found at https://www.sattler-global.com/suntex-site/static_files/images/content/Care_and_Cleaning_Insructions.pdf.
Sunbrellaalso provides a list for more problematic stains: http://www.sunbrella.com/en_us/how/cleaning/stain-chart.php
Sunbrealla is an ecologically friendly company. They provide recycling services for their customers. The dye used to create the fabrics has little waste from the creation of the fabric or the dye, and has a reduced energy and water consumption rate than other, more traditional, dying methods.
The awnings themselves help lower energy costs for the business up to 60%, depending on location, simply by creating shade, and reducing the cooling costs on maintaining the comfortable temperature.
Outdura also meets the ecological requirements for its products and saves owners energy costs by creating shade. They did not comment on their dying process, or on recycling of materials, nor on the energy or water consumption used.
Sunbrella has a more accessible and modern website. Information is easily accessible in order to help you find the information you need to make your decisions.
Outdura’s website is a bit more complex. It consists of a section of the Sattler-group’s overall page. It is easy to get lost in that site looking for information, or stumble upon the other sectors in the Sattler group. The presented material is also not as diverse as Sunbrella.
In conclusion, both Outdura and Sunbrella are high quality outdoor fabrics. Sunbrella has a more seeker-friendly website and presentation of information. They also have a larger market base: awnings, outdoor furniture, sea vessels, and drapes, compared to Outdora, which focuses primarily on the outdoor furniture market. With the current installation process, Sunbrella is on par with Outdura, and has an easier warranty process. Sunbrella also makes a larger effort to be more ecologically friendly, providing more information and services to customers. Conversely, Outdura is cheaper per yard. Both are good companies depending on what you are looking for. Good luck!
You spend thousands of dollars on building your pool and furnishing the poolside area with the right furniture. It is important to use right type of outdoor cushions for your poolside furniture. You cannot use any type of cushions for this purpose. The cushions you select must be able to withstand the harsh outdoor elements. The color of normal fabrics will fade within a few weeks in these conditions. The strength and properties of the general fabric deteriorates quickly. You have to use special fabric that is made especially for outdoor furnishings. Another problem is that you may be unable to find the right size cushions for your furniture. This problem can be solved easily by using custom outdoor cushions.