Vinyl is used for everything from furniture upholstery to automobile trim. When ordering vinyl, it’s good to know the exact capabilities of each type so there are no surprises later.
If you need vinyl fabric for a boat, it’s important to know the advantages of marine grade vinyl compared to other types of vinyl. This will help you pick the right one for your specific application.
Here is a brief overview of vinyl and what specifically makes marine vinyl fabric unique.
Three Types of Vinyl Fabric
Standard vinyl comes in non-backed, non-expanded, and expanded versions. Non-backed is usually used on less wear prone areas like the trim of automobiles. Non-expanded is a light use vinyl, since the backing is a lighter weight material. This type of vinyl is best for items that don’t experience too much wear and tear like table cloths, bar stools, and tarps.
Expanded vinyl is commonly used on upholstery projects. Commercial and marine vinyl fabric are part of the expanded vinyl lineup and are known as the more durable options. Commercial vinyl fabric (also called expanded back) is great for heavy use furniture like restaurant seating or a kitchen bench seat. Of the two, marine vinyl fabric is unique in its resistance to outdoor elements.
Marine Vinyl Fabric Provides Protection from the Sun
There is no respite from the sun when your boat is out on an open body of water. Marine vinyl fabric provides protection from the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. Over time these UV rays break down material.
Marine grade vinyl lasts longer and is resistant to the color fading that plagues many vinyl fabrics that aren’t UV resistant. This makes it ideal for boat seating and cushions as well as awnings and patio umbrellas.
Marine Grade Vinyl is Moisture and Stain Resistant
Because boats operate in high moisture environments they are highly susceptible to mold and mildew. Marine vinyl fabric provides superior moisture resistance and enhances hygiene since it stops fungus and bacteria from growing on your watercraft.
Marine grade vinyl is also stain resistant. Marine vinyl can also last through tens of thousands of abrasion cycles – meaning it won’t wear after multiple cleanings. This makes maintenance and spill cleanup easier and upholstery looking great for a long time. For this reason, marine grade vinyl can also be used for recreational vehicles and motor homes.
You don’t have to look far to find the right vinyl fabric for your project. All Vinyl Fabrics has a wide range of marine vinyl fabric in multiple styles and color options. We also carry matching hydem and welt chords to provide the perfect finishing touch. Contact us at 877-618-4695 to place your order of marine vinyl fabric today.