Here at Acadian Industrial Textiles, we want to make sure you have all the information you need to help you make informed purchases and give expert guidance to your customers. Today, let’s take a closer look at aluminum shade, its benefits, and how it can be used in different applications.
What Is Aluminum Shade Fabric?
Aluminum shade was specifically created to provide a much cooler shade environment than traditional black shade cloth. Made from high-density polyethylene coated with aluminum, this fabric helps to reflect the sun’s rays, keeping the shaded area cooler by double-digit degrees, in many cases.
Here at Acadian, we carry a silver aluminum knitted shade, with 55% shade factor, a weight of 1.7 oz/yd², and an airflow of 1,008 CFM. You can download our Aluminum Shade Specification Sheet here for more information.
Benefits of Using Aluminum Shade
Why choose aluminum shade instead of a black shade cloth? As we mentioned above, it can provide you with a much cooler environment, which is helpful in some uses, like in greenhouses. However, the benefits don’t stop there.
Aluminum shade also maximizes light diffusion, provides excellent UV protection and reduces heat buildup over time. Thanks to its lockstitch knitted design, it’s also resistant to tears and fraying, making it one of the more durable types of shade fabric. Additionally, it’s lightweight and easy to install, which our customers love.
Best of all, when used in certain environments, it can help save on energy costs in heated areas, thanks to its reflectivity.
While black shade cloth provides some of these same benefits, it requires more ventilation, driving up the cost and complexity of the project. This is why aluminum shade continues to become more popular.
When to Use Aluminum Shade
As we briefly mentioned, one of the most popular uses for aluminum shade is in greenhouses. It can help prevent oxidation in plants and help protect against frost radiation damage. It’s also effective at keeping out some pests and helps to maintain more consistent temperatures both day and night.
You can also use aluminum shade for outdoor crops, especially in areas with a temperamental climate. Aluminum shade contains insulating properties, which help to protect crops against weather damage, particularly from rain and gusty winds.
However, this popular shade fabric is not just for the agricultural industry. You can also use the versatile material to cover outdoor areas that you wish to keep cool and protected, like playgrounds, balconies, swimming pools, and sports turf.
In any application, you can use aluminum shade as either a fixed or movable shade screen.