Acrylics…the Best Shade Solution!

When creating our classy sun shades, sun sails, and pavillions. Caravita will customize our acrylic fabrics based on the customers’ preferences. Let us introduce you to three of our favorite companies when it comes to  deciding the fabrics for our products.

First, we have Dickson Constant, a leading European awning fabric company, which creates “innovative textiles for your world.” Dickson has made several lines of 100% solution- dyed  acrylic  fabrics available in various patterns and colors and made to maintain unbeatable colorfastness .  The fabrics hold true to their quality with UV protectant and a Cleanguard water and stain resistant treatment allowing them to live up to their 5 year warranty.

Next, let us tell you about an Italian company we work with called Para. Para’s Tempotest fabrics are also 100% solution-dyed acrylics with a 93-98% filtering effect protecting against UV rays. Awnings and outdoor patio umbrellass made with this fabric reduce heat up to 20% for light colors, 20-30% for pastels, and over 30% for dark colors.  The fabrics have been tested for harmful substances under the International Oeko-Tex Association Confidence in Textiles, have TUV Italy certification, are treated with a HI-Clean finishing for mould and water protection, and have a Dupont Teflon  Extreme coating for solar protection. All of these components guarantee an 8 year warranty for the fabrics. 


Finally, we have our Sattler fabric. Sattler also makes solution-dyed acrylic fabrics, but one of its best qualities is its optional flame retardant coating called Firemaster Plus. This is ideal due to the strict fire codes that have developed in the recent years, particularly in California. It also offers  the best protection against rain and a 5 year warranty.

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Sun Sail in Greece
Sun Sail for playground in Greece

Sun sails have become extremely popular over the past few years, and we are seeing an even more trend here in the US. What has been known as a contemporary, architectural element across Europe is now becoming ever more popular here in the US.

Why? They offer a versatile shade solution to smaller spaces. From apartments, terraces to expansive backyards, a sun sail can offer an airy yet functional element to your garden-scape.

So how can sun sails be incorporated into the landscape? Design a shape (triangular being the most commonly) , then choose your points of attachment. Sun sails can be attached to walls or free standing poles. the open feeling gives amble amount of shade without cumbersome cranks and levers or even heavy awnings. Sails can be easily removed for temporary use or be left out during your warm weather season. One of the most common challenges is water and wind. To overcome these obstacles, make sure that the sails always have a pitch of at least 30% decline and when measuring for your sail, make sure you have exact dimensions.Having a well structured sun sail can last for many years if properly installed.

There are so many options with sun sails, so pick a fabric that fits  your needs, awning fabrics offer optimum shade coverage and water resistance, mesh fabrics offer the shade and UV protection but may not offer the water resistance factor. So if your space can’t accommodate a large patio umbrella or you don’t want to go to the expense of a custom awning, that can easily be dated. Sun sails bring that sculptural element to any garden-scape.