Commercial and Domestic Shade Cloth
Shade cloth is widely used in Australia across a range of industries including for horticultural shade, agricultural netting, hoarding on construction sites and as a visual barrier on fencing. Certain types of shadecloth are also used as netting on scaffold as a safety barrier. Shadecloth is of course used as a barrier to the sun to provide UV safe environments for people. In recent years shadecloths have been widely used in schools to provide comfortable outdoor areas for people during the day. Shade cloth is also very popular around the home to cut down the heat, create visual barriers and create cool living areas.
When purchasing shadecloth it is important to select the correct type and grade of cloth for the specific application. For instance, if the intention is to cover people, a high grade of cloth should be used which has at least 90% UV block. In the horticultural industry it is important to match the correct grade of cloth to the crop being grown. The correct grade of cloth, for example 50% shadecloth will prevent the fruit for vegetable crop from being scalded by the sun. If a grade of shade which is to high is used, it can limit the plants growth and slow ripening by decreasing photosynthesis.
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Shade Cloth - Technical Information
Shadecloth is typically manufactured from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE). This fabric is extremely strong and can be treated at the time of manufacture with UV inhibitors to ensure that it can withstand years out in the harsh sun. Most shadecloth is a knitted construction which makes it very strong and when it is cut it won’t unravel.
Shadecloth is measured in various ways. One way is GSM – or grams per square metre. Typically the higher the GSM, the heavier and higher UV blockage the cloth gives. So for instance, a shadecloth with a 120gsm would be considered quite lightweight and would only give a relatively low UV blockage whereas a cloth with a 220gsm would be considered quite heavy and would block out a much greater amount of UV radiation.
Shadecloths are also rated by Domestic or Commercial Grades. Essentially the difference is that commercial grade shadecloths are 100% monofilament fabrics. One way to think of it is to think of a monofilament shadecloth is as a bit like a fishing line. The tighter the fishing line is knitted together, the heavier the GSM and the greater the UV block. An 80% Grade Commercial Shadecloth for instance could have a weight of 306gsm whereas a 30% Grade commercial Shadecloth could have a weight of only 90gsm. Commercial grade shadecloth usually have accurate test results for UV blockage as this is important in industries such as horticultural where accurate shade factors must be adhered to.
A domestic grade shadecloth on the other hand is not all monofilament (fishing line). It gets its higher UV percentages from being interwoven with tape filler. This is a flat PE material which essentially bulks out the cloth. The tape filler creates higher UV blockage whilst keeping the weight down. A 90% Domestic grade cloth for instance may only have a 200gsm weight compared to an 80% commercial with a 300+gsm.
Shadecloth is available in grades from 30% right up to 99% UV block. Detailed information is available here on the various grades, weights and applications. If you need further information please contact us here or telephone 1800 155 233.
Each grade of shade cloth we sell has a technical specifications sheet to help you make the right choice.
For further information or if you wanted more information just call us on Freecall 1800 155 233 and we will be happy to help.