Now that the weather is improving over here in the Midwest and eastern part of the country, we are thinking more and more about being outside. Weather, rain, and humidity can all be factors when it comes to being outside in good or bad weather. So when it comes to fabrics, picking the right one for outdoor uses is important. Let’s break down three of the best fabrics to use outside and which ones weather better than others.
Polyester is a strong, wrinkle resistant fabric. It has industrial and commercial uses, both of them being somewhat outdoor uses. Polyester works well outside because it is strong, resistant to stretching and resistant to abrasion. Additionally, polyester it is quick to dry, light-weight, and smooth. It’s also easily washes and can be resistant to mildew. One last thing that makes it great to use and wear outside is that is UV resistant.
Nylon has a lot of the same qualities as polyester along with some different ones. Overall, it’s a little softer than polyester and is used more often in clothing. Nylon is actually used commonly to make American flags. It’s easy to wash, extremely versatile, mildew resistant, and somewhat UV resistant. It is exceptionally strong, and exceptionally resistant to abrasion. It’s quick drying, too. Nylon is really one of the more versatile fabrics in the textile industry, so it is no surprise that is has many outdoor and indoor uses.
While ripstop is technically nylon, it has unique uses especially when it comes to outdoors. It is often referred to as a sports fabric because it is light and has good movement. This fabric prides itself on being unable to rip or extremely resistant to ripping, hence the name “ripstop”. It is commonly used in rain jackets and camping equipment like tents and sleeping bags. Kites, parachutes, flags, are all commonly made from ripstop, too. Ripstop is easy to identify because of the square, cross-stitch pattern it represents. And it seems that ripstop is growing increasingly more popular in the industry.
Lucky for you, we have all three of these fabrics in many different varieties, deniers, and colors. And if we had our way in Cleveland, we would be concerned about “outdoor fabrics” all year round. But we know that’s not case so we will get excited about anything outside as spring takes full force. As always, our team at MMI would love to talk any project that you need to work out or send any samples your way.