When it comes to textiles, your customers may not know the difference between woven versus knitted fabric. Each product has different characteristics and benefits, which may mean they are better suited for certain applications.
When your customers ask you, “What’s the difference between woven and knitted fabric?” here’s what you can tell them:
- Typically made of HDPE (high-density polyethylene) using monofilament or slit tape yarn.
- Will not unravel since a lock stitch is commonly used.
- More versatile than woven polypropylene since it can be cut without the need for binding and has more “stretchiness.”
- Easy to install – can be installed “off of the roll,” without the need for tape and grommets.
- More pliable than woven polypropylene.
- Long lasting – HDPE fabric with proper UV stabilization will last several years. Mono-mono knits will typically last over ten years, depending on the environment.
- Typically made of 100% polypropylene.
- Long lasting – designed to withstand many years of direct sunlight.
- Dimensionally more stable than knitted fabric. This allows for a more taut installation that’s better able to handle high winds when more closed constructions are used (>50%).
- More cost-effective in higher shade factor applications due to yarn shape (oval vs round).
- Heavier and more difficult to install than knitted fabric.
- The edges must be taped to prevent unraveling. A woven will unravel if cut.
- Usually less expensive, since it takes less yarn for the same coverage.