Contender UK
Contender UK
Unit 12b The IO Centre
Stephenson Road
Segensworth South
PO15 5RU
United Kingdom

WeatherMAX Outdoor Performance Cover Fabrics

WeatherMax cover and awning material offers the perfect balance of science, toughness and style. It is a lightweight, highly water resistant, breathable, non sagging and durable fabric, ideal for covers, awnings, UV strips, upholstery, cushions, umbrellas and sun shades. WeatherMax is available in two weights with various finishes and a wide range of colours to suit all applications.

BREATHABILITY The breathability of a fabric for certain applications is every bit as important as its ability to stop water getting in. In the UK marine environment especially, water ingress and condensation are a fact of life. The ability of the fabric to breathe is essential in reducing dampness, heat build up and condensation, which in turn reduces the chances of problems such as, mould, mildew and osmosis etc.

HIGHLY WATER RESISTANT HydroMax is a highly water repellent impregnated finish that helps give WeatherMax the ability to protect against heavy rain whilst keeping its breathability and dimensional stability. The finish is also highly resistant to dirt and staining and has an added anti-microbial component to help prevent potential mildew or mould growth on top of the fabric.

UV PROTECTION WeatherMax is made from the SaturaMax yarn, which is a high quality solid pigment solution dyed polymer yarn. As the colour is physically part of the polymer yarn itself, it offers superior colour consistency, light fastness and strength characteristics. The exceptional quality of this yarn ensures the fade resistance of the WeatherMax is equal to that of acrylic fabrics.

STRENGTH AND ABRASION WeatherMax is made with filament yarns which can be stretched but will recover to their original length completely, providing a very stable cover that will not shrink or grow. Acrylics, in comparison, are made from spun yarns that also stretch under load but do not recover completely, leading to unsightly sagging. WeatherMax also has twice the strength of acrylic and is six times more durable under abrasion and rubbing.

WEIGHT WeatherMax is available in two weights to suit all applications. The standard WeatherMax 80 has a weight of 271g per sq metre and the lightweight WeatherMax LT has a weight of 220g per sq metre.

WEAVE WeatherMax 80 is woven using an Ottoman weave, a combination of a plain and basket weave and which creates the best combination of strength, durability and stability. It gives WeatherMax its firm feel and subtle ribbed texture, refined to the eye and luxurious to the hand. WeatherMax LT is woven using a standard plain weave to help reduce weight and give the fabric a smoother and lighter feel.

WEATHERMAX COLOURS The colours shown on our website are representative only and subject to the limitations of screen display and printing process. For critical colour choice always refer to an actual fabric sample.

Performance Property WeatherMax 80 WeatherMax LT WeatherMax FR WeatherMax PU
Weight (oz/yd) 8.0 6.5 9.75 8.8
Weight (g/m sq) 271 220 330 298
Width - Fused Edges (cm) 152 152 152 150
Put Up (metres) 68 91 59 50
Tensile Strength - ASTM D5034 (warp x fill/lbs) 490 x 392 430 x 270 460 x 360 490 x 392
Mullen Burst - ASTM D3884 (psl) 420 292 393 420
Tongue Tear - ASTM D2261 (warp x fill/lbs) 20 x 18 15 x 10 13 x 15 13 x 15
Taber Abrasion - ASTM D3884 (cycles) 600 600 600 600
Hydrostatic Pressure - AATCC 22 (cm) 56 42 90+ 100+
Spray Rating - AATCC 100 100 100 100
Air Permeability - ASTM D737 (cfm) 1.3 1.5 0.2 0.2
UPF - Ultraviolet Protection Factor 50+ 50+ 50+ 50+
UVA & UVB - Ultraviolet Blockage Over 99% Over 99% Over 99% Over 99%

WeatherMax LT - A lighter weight version of the WeatherMax 80 whilst still maintaining the highly water resistant and breathable properties.

WeatherMax 80 - A highly water resistant and breathable fabric for covers, awnings, UV strips, upholstery, cushions, umbrellas and sun shades.

WeatherMax 80 Wide - Same superb qualities of the standard WeatherMax 80, just wider at 200cm for those larger jobs.

WeatherMax 80 PU Coated - A increased degree of water proofness and with all the excellent properties of WeatherMax 80, with only a reduction in breathability.

WeatherMax 80 FR - A fire retardant fabric with all the performance features of the standard WeatherMax.

WeatherMax 3D - A water resistant, UV fade resistant, highly elastic fabric, stretching 30-100 percent.

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