The benefits of high density polyethylene vs. canvas

Shade structures made from HDPE or “high density polyethylene” were first introduced in the United States about 25 years ago. Pioneers of shade structures who brought them into the U.S. market from South Africa and Australia encountered high market resistance as it was an unknown outdoor material. At that time, the preferred material for outdoor shade structures was canvas.

Over the Years architects and specifiers watch the interplay of shade netting outdoors and found it a favorable option to use in shade structure design and tension membrane structures. Today it is evident that there are numerous benefits of using shade netting versus canvas, including:

Shade netting is a strong durable fiber made from HDPE UV stabilized shade netting, due to the UV stabilization the shade netting is able to withstand harsh weather conditions in even the most extreme climates.
Shade netting has a stretch factor and is therefore excellent for use in tension membrane design due to its flexible properties.
Shade netting does not fade like its canvas counterpart which is made from natural fibers.

Because canvas is made from natural fiber (i.e. cotton) is has a tendency to attract mold and mildew, this is due to cottons favorable conditions for bacteria to thrive, thus mildew and mold grow.

Canvas has a tendency to fade after jst 3-4 years even with UV coating wheras shade netting is able to withstand the elements without fadding for a period of up to ten years, with the exception of red which is not as stedfast.

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