Choosing your Fabric

Your comfort depends on the colour of your chosen fabric

Colours and UV

Awning fabric gives excellent protection against UV radiation. The degree of protection depends on the colour of the fabric chosen. Light coloured fabrics let more UV light through than darker colours, but are still as effective as factor 50 sun cream (filtering more than 90% of the ultra violet radiation)

Colour and heat factor

In the summer season in France, solar energy received by the Earth can go over 1 200 W/m², which is equivalent to having several radiators per square metre of ground surface. Depending on the colour, an awning fabric can block out between 80 and 95% of the solar energy.

Colour and luminosity

At noon on a sunny day the brightness can easily reach 50 000 Lux. An awning fabric gives shade from the light and depending on the colour can generate a value of brightness varying between 1 000 and 5 000 Lux – which makes for a pleasant and well-lit environment

Colour and light

Colours have a big influence on our well being and help create a cold, warm or temperate atmosphere. An awning fabric colours sunlight and has a direct influence as to how we perceive our surroundings. A bluey shade will ‘cool’ the tone of the light and enhance the feeling of freshness. A yellow colour will ‘warm’ the tone of the light and give an impression of heat

Specific materials and treatment

Cotton

This 100% natural material was the ultimate material for outside awnings and blinds for many years. There were, however, two serious drawbacks with this material – colours could not resist against UV radiation and the fabric was liable to putrefy. Today, this fibre has given way to synthetic materials that are much more resistant and better adapted to ‘Outdoor’ use.

Polyester

A synthetic fibre that is well known and appreciated for its resistance to tearing. Mainly used for clothing. In outdoor use, such as blinds and awnings, it is sensitive to UV light which quickly reduces its initial resistance. It is therefore not recommended for long-term usage

Polypropylene

This is an extremely attractive fibre in terms of low cost, but wears badly when subject to UV radiation. Colours do not resist well to effects of UV light and the finish is rather ‘plastic’. Mainly used for indoor floor surfaces
Acrylic fibre is the best solution for outdoor blinds and awnings

Acrylic fibre

Amongst all modern synthetic fibres, acrylic is the best for outdoor use. It has excellent thermal insulation properties (a quality that is sought for in clothing).
As far as awnings are concerned, we recommend solution-dyed acrylic fabric. Colours are impregnated in the heart of the fibre at the production stage, which is not the case for other dip-dyed fibres. Solution-dyed acrylic fabrics ensure long-lasting bright colours

Micro-perforated fabrics

Over the last decade several new types of fabric have appeared, with namely Sunworker® from Dickson. These extremely high-performance textiles combine synthetic fibres with high-tech coatings. They enable heat and light to be controlled in a room. These fabrics are recommended for vertical blinds or conservatory blinds

A fabric that matches your needs

Occasional use:

If you want to fit your blind or awning in a secondary residence that you only go to for a fortnight each year, opt for a ‘decontextured’ fabric, which is a lighter weight version (around 270g/m²).
This type of fabric is less resistant and gives less protection from the sun, but will enable you to eat out on the patio and enjoy some relaxing moments outside with all the family

Regular use:

If you use your awning frequently all year round it is better to choose a 300g/m² solution dyed acrylic fabric. This type of fabric is perfect for both professionals and the general public, with its high-tech features and resistance being perfectly adapted to frequent outdoor use (long-lasting colours, water repellent and dirt resistant treatment, durability of fibres).
The 300g fabric (e.g. Dickson’s Orchestra) is a guarantee of optimum protection against the sun’s rays and having a fabric that will last forever whatever the weather.
For a product that is a little more decorative and designed to extend your indoor furnishing, make your choice amongst the subtle and colourful patterns obtained by using the jacquard technique that was first launched by Dickson (Opera range)

Intensive use:

You unroll your awning every time the sun comes out and spend many hours relaxing or working under your canvas?
Opt for a 360g/m² solution dyed acrylic fabric. These fabrics have exceptional characteristics: regulation of heat and light from the sun, maximum protection from UV radiation, unbeatable resistance to abrasion and tearing All qualities that may be expected from a top of the range product
For permanent fixtures, where waterproofing is the essential feature (for shops etc.) we recommend a solution-dyed acrylic fabric with a coating on one side (e.g. the 50 TT from Dickson). This fabric combines durability of colours with excellent resistance to bad weather conditions

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