What is WeatherMax®?
What Exactly Is SaturaMax Yarn?
SaturaMax is Unifi's family of 100% solution dyed yarns, produced in a wide array of saturated colors. Perfect for a variety of end-uses, SaturaMax has superior color consistency, light fastness characteristics and is bleach cleanable. The color process used to create SaturaMax saves several gallons of water per pound of yarn produced, making it environmentally friendly.
What Is An Ottoman Weave and How Does It Improve the Fabric Durability?
An Ottoman weave is a combination of Plain weave and Basket weave, allowing WeatherMax to offer the best combination of strength, durability, and stability. It gives WeatherMax its firm feel and a very subtle ribbed texture, refined to the eye and luxurious to the hand.
The WeatherMax 80 are indications of its weight. For example 80 is 8.0 oz
The reason for both weights is to provide our customers with the best product for their application. Typically, WeatherMax 80 is recommended for applications where strength and durability are the main concern (Marine, Awning),
What Does Solution Dyed Yarn Mean and How Does It Make An Outdoor Fabric Better?
A solution dyed yarn is a yarn where the color has been added into the polymer before it is extruded into a yarn form. Since the color is part of the polymer, the fade resistance of a solution dyed yarn is far superior to the fade resistance of package dyed yarn and piece dyed fabric. The solution dyed polymers in WeatherMax have been specially chosen for their unique ability to resist fading and retain fabric strength.
What Is the HydroMax Finish?
The HydroMax finish is a highly water repellent finish that gives WeatherMax the ability to protect against heavy rain while keeping its breathability and dimensional stability. The HydroMax finish is extremely durable, providing many positive benefits, usch as breathability, resistance to mildew and dirt, and its ability to maintain a cooler temperature.
Why Doesn't WeatherMax Have a Back Coating?
WeatherMax does not have a coating to allow the fabric to breathe, so heat and water vapor can evacuate, which is essential in preventing mildew growth. We believe WeatherMax to be the most well balanced fabric available providing a high water resistance while not sacrificing breathability.
Why Is Fabric Breathability Important? Do Any Coated Fabrics, Including Surlast, Breathe?
Fabric breathability is important because it allows water vapor pass through; preventing mildew growth and heat build up. By definition, coated fabrics do no breathe because of the coated layer put on the fabric. Some coated fabrics have moisture vapor transmission, but that is limited in the amount of moisture that can be moved through the fabric. Air permeability is the best measurement of moisture control.
Why Doesn't WeatherMax Sag Like Acrylic?
WeatherMax is made with filament yarns; it is elastic and recovers completely after stress to the fabric is removed. On the other hand, fabrics made of spun yarns such as acrylics, have little elasticity and will stretch under stress but will not recover completely, therefore producing the unsightly effect of sagging.
Why Doesn't WeatherMax Crack Like Coated Fabrics? How Do You Check for Crack Resistance?
We measure WeatherMax cracking resistance by folding the fabric on itself and putting it in a deep freezer at -45°F for 5 days. It is then removed, unfolded and inspected for any cracks or breakdown at the fold. After such difficult testing as mentioned above, many coated fabrics will show cracks and discoloration of the coating, whereas WeatherMax remains unchanged. Also, some coated materials are degraded by saltwater, however, WeatherMax has been proven to be unaffected.
Have You Tested Against WeatherMax In Direct Sunlight For Color and Fade Comparison? Where? How Long?
WeatherMax has been tested in the South Florida Everglades with year round constant exposure to the elements and the color has resisted as well as you would expect of acrylic fabrics.
How Does the Strength of WeatherMax Compare To Acrylic Over Time?
WeatherMax has been tested in the South Florida Everglades with a year round constant exposure to the elements as well as maximum UV exposure, and the color & strength retention have been proven comparable to that of acrylic fabrics, a breakthrough in modified polymer technology. We have also run accelerated UV testing in our certified labs, and the results prove that WeatherMax at 1500 hours (equal to 5 years outdoors) exposure matches acrylics on fabric strength and color retention. WeatherMax has twice the strength retention of typical marine solution-dyed polyester.