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Sunbrella® Industry-Leading Testing

Ensuring Sunbrella performance textiles exceed expectations

Sunbrella fabrics achieve their legendary performance with extensive testing of all our fabrics. Our goal is to be the best, most trusted product on the market.

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What Are Our Fabric Testing Methods?

Sunbrella uses an extensive combination of in-house and external tests to ensure our fabrics meet rigorous criteria. Thirty-three fabric tests on Sunbrella fabric are performed in-house at company laboratories in Anderson, S.C. We use state-of-the-art, third-party certified testing to ensure exceptional quality and durability in every environment and every market we serve.

Sunbrella has industry-leading fabric testing capabilities using a demanding combination of standard and proprietary tests to deliver exceptional performance with all our fabrics.  In fact, Sunbrella testing labs are ISO/IEC 17025 (general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories) certified to perform 18 standard tests in-house. These standard tests range from colorfastness and flame retardancy, to abrasion, accelerated weathering and many others. An additional 9 proprietary tests are completed on Sunbrella fabrics to ensure our legendary performance goes beyond any standards.

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Accelerated weathering testing, which is designed to simulate the long-term effects of environmental elements (e.g. sun, moisture) uses an excess of 5m sample hours per year. Sunbrella partners with the biggest external outdoor testing laboratories in the world for real-world, real-time outdoor testing in the toughest of environments.

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