What are the different materials used in our products?

Duramaster® Outdoor has 3 main materials it uses for outdoor blinds, while solar screens have a unique, micro-perforated material. For our outdoor blinds all the windows are made of UV-stabilised clear pvc (windows may also be replaced with high-tenacity mesh screens instead), while the main body of the outdoor blinds are made of either poly-acrylic (acrylic + polyester blend) ripstop canvas or 100% acrylic canvas (Docril® from Spain). Solar screens are made primarily out of UV-stabilised micro-perforated solar textiles, our current default fabric being the Dickson® Sunworker material.

UV-stabilised clear pvc

A clear, highly UV-resistant material. This is our primary choice for outdoor blind windows as it offers greater clarity, suppleness and resistance to shrinkage than it's non UV-stabilised counterparts.

Cleaning instructions - UV PVC:

Dust: Hose down twice 3 minutes apart, allow to dry before storage.
Dirt: Hose down first to remove dust, then use a neutral detergent (good quality dish washing liquid) mixed with luke warm water, and a soft bristled brush to dislodge dirt.
Rinse and allow to dry before storage.

Ripstop canvas

Ripstop canvas, (also known as ripblock or ribblock) is an acrylic treated polyester fabric with a special weave that is abrasion resistant and prevents cuts and tears from spreading. This polyester acrylic blend canvas first starts off as a basket-weave base mat which is then stitched horizontally and vertically in order to create the anti-rip effect. This high tenacity base mat is then impregnated with a coloured acrylic emulsion. The strong polyester core allows for more flexibility and durability in outdoor blinds that are regularly deployed on a daily basis, whilst the acrylic content protects the canvas against the UV-rays of the sun. Please note: even though this canvas is cheaper than, and assumed inferior to, 100% acrylic canvas, outdoor blinds made of high tenacity ripstop installed in high usage areas such as staff canteens will regularly outlast blinds made of 100% acrylic canvas and as such, is our chosen default fabric for our pulley-operated outdoor drop blinds. Duramaster® Outdoor does manufacture outdoor blinds made of 100% acrylic canvas, but only recommends these blinds for permanent, uninterrupted deployment or low mobility scenarios.

Cleaning instructions - Ripstop:

Dust: Hose down twice 3 minutes apart, allow to dry before storage.
Dirt: Hose down first to remove dust, then use a neutral detergent (good quality dish washing liquid) mixed with luke warm water, and a soft bristled brush to dislodge dirt.
Rinse and allow to dry before storage.

100% acrylic canvas (default brand = Docril®)

Our preferred brand of 100% acrylic canvas is Docril® that hails from Spain, although Dickson® from France and Tempotest® from Italy are also available upon request. It offers the highest resistance to UV out of all of our available materials with the longest lasting color and under normal conditions won't fade for at least 15 years. It is available in a wide range of colors, stripes and patterns. Pure acrylic canvasses may last decades in the sun if bolted down onto an awning frame or fitted in a solid form as a geared roller blind, but will not last as long in high mobility applications such as in outdoor drop blinds that are regularly deployed on a daily basis. It is also highly stain resistant and may be cleaned with pure bleach. This canvas is the company's default choice for use in it's canvas awnings and solid, non-windowed geared roller blinds.

Cleaning instructions - 100% acrylic canvas:

Dust: Hose down twice 3 minutes apart, allow to dry before storage.
Dirt: Hose down first to remove dust, then use a neutral detergent (good quality dish washing liquid) mixed with luke warm water, and a soft bristled brush to dislodge dirt. Pure bleach may be used to remove stubborn stains.
Rinse and allow to dry before storage.

Solar fabric (SheerWeave® or Dickson® Sunworker™)

Duramaster® Outdoor's two main choices of solar fabrics for it's solar screens are the field proven Dickson® Sunworker™ that hails from and is also manufactured in France, and the American SheerWeave®. Other solar textiles such as Sunless™ (Spain) are also available, amongst others.
All our solar fabrics carry a 5-year guarantee.

SheerWeave® solar screens, aka SheerWeave® outdoor blinds

Our SheerWeave® outdoor blinds solar fabric weighs 488 grams per square meter, is imported from the USA and we offer it in frameless, guided and sidetracked deployment options.
SheerWeave® is a UV-resistant, fire-retardant and antimicrobial solution to controlling natural light.

Dickson® Sunworker™

Solar fabrics are uv-stabilised, lightweight, micro-perforated and effectively block out the worst the sun has to offer while still allowing full visibility.
It controls glare and provides controlled natural light, harmoniously diffusing it across your outdoor space. Sunworker is UV-resistant, fire-retardant and has a very high mechanical strength. Sunworker is also unique in that it repels up to 95% of heat, effectively insulating any space it is used in.
Be sure to visit our solar screens gallery.


For Sunworker™ full specs, you can download the brochure.

Sunworker™ strength test video:

Cleaning instructions - Dickson® Sunworker™ solar fabric:

Dust: Hose down twice 3 minutes apart, allow to dry before storage.
Dirt: Hose down first to remove dust, then use a neutral detergent (good quality dish washing liquid) mixed with luke warm water, and a soft bristled brush to dislodge dirt.
Rinse and allow to dry before storage.

Dickson® Sunworker™ available colors