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The 5 Most Common Questions About Retractable Canopy Fabrics

A homeowner in the process of assessing sun and rain protection alternatives has a lot of questions. Even after deciding that mounting a retractable canopy to an overhead structure is their best option, questions remain regarding fabric color selection, material options, and warranties.

Take a look at our five most common questions regarding retractable canopy fabrics:

1. What color looks good the longest?

White, despite its reputation as a high-maintenance choice, is always a popular option. Consumers should remember, however, that a white retractable canopy can be hard to maintain in most settings. While seaside or island homes may have an easier time with white, most urban and even suburban consumers may have too much particulate in the air to keep white clean in the long term. Fortunately, there is a wide variety to the range of colors available with Shade Voila products. For consumers looking for a neutral color along the lines of white, but who live in an area not amenable to this color, try out a medium grey or beige. Another option is a marine fabric that is more durable to washing with a brush. Harbor Time's "putty" color is a popular choice for customers trying to get close to white.

2. Can I match my furniture to my retractable canopy?

Retractable canopy materials and outdoor furniture upholstery are made with two very different markets in mind and are not typically coordinated. With Shade Voila canopies, the focus is on delivering a retractable canopy that is waterproof and UV and mildew-resistant. We suggest you match color tones and consider the canopy color to be complimentary rather than matching to the furniture fabrics.

3. How are ‘waterproof’ and ‘water-resistant’ different?

Consumers who live in rainy climes are always asking this question. To clarify, water-resistant can hold off the water for a good period of time, but will begin to leak water through once it becomes saturated. This typically takes about 24 hours in consistent weather. Sunbrella fabrics, an updgrade when purchasing a pergola or gazebo kit, are water-resistant. Waterproof fabric (Harbor Time), on the other hand, is designed to be impermeable to water. Waterproof materials will keep anything from drizzle to a heavy rain out for the life of the product.

4. Do the retractable canopy fabrics offer UV protection?

All products offered by Shade Voila are the most UV-resistant products in the marketplace today, offering UV protection for extended outdoor use. To learn more about sun protection details from canopy fabrics, click here.

5. What kind of warranties are offered?

All Shade Voila products are designed to give consumers a long-lasting and reliable solution. Our warranty guarantees the performance of our fabrics for five to ten years (Harbor Time 5 years and Sunbrella 10 years). These warranties protect fabrics from becoming unserviceable due to color or strength loss from normal usage and exposure conditions, including sunlight, mildew and atmospheric chemicals.

If you still have any questions regarding retractable canopy fabrics, please feel free to contact us.

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