Outdoor fabrics differ from indoor fabrics in that they are made to be more durable, and they undergo a chemical treatment process during manufacturing that ensures they will resist stains and mildew. Outdoor fabrics are woven fibers that differ in strength and durability. The primary difference between each type of the most commonly used outdoor fabric lies in the manufacturing process and the fibers that they are made from.
Vinyl-Coated Synthetic Fiber Mesh
Vinyl-coated synthetic fiber mesh is also referred to as PVC mesh or singable fabric. It is often used for sling-type outdoor chairs, whose fabric -- not the frame -- supports your weight. This fabric is strong and does not stretch. Other fabrics, such as solution-dyed acrylic, printed polyester and printed acrylic outdoor fabrics, are not strong enough to cover these types of chairs. Most PVC mesh fabrics are made of vinyl-coated polyester or acrylic yarns, as well as other synthetics such as ole fin and PVC, but the composition of materials varies depending on the manufacturer. They make a durable, easy-to-clean, colorfast and strong outdoor fabric that doesn’t promote mildew growth.
Canvas is a strong, heavy-duty outdoor fabric used to make sails, tents, backpacks, tarps and even canoes. Modern canvas fabrics may be made from a variety of materials but are usually made using cotton or linen. Canvas is also a generic terms used to describe a variety of outdoor fabrics, including polyester, acrylics and blends of these materials.