Fabric Spotlight: Xceltex™ Fabric


A patio or garden sitting area can greatly increase your property’s value.

It also provides additional comfortable space while you enjoy the scenery outdoors, and with the changing weather in Spring and Summer, it’s nice to be able keep your family covered even when outside your home.

Traditional roofing systems work well but they may be costly because it’s another structure in your property. Moreover, you can’t easily remove and pack them up when you want to.

While there’s plenty of fabric solution available in the market today, we recommend using Xceltex™ fabric on your next outdoor canopy or sunshade – here’s why…

What Is Xceltex™ Fabric?

The Xceltex™ fabric is a high-performance fabric that is suitable for outdoor use. It’s a fabric chosen for some Coolaroo umbrellas, shade sails, and umbrellas. It is made from 100% recyclable polypropylene.

Why Should I Use It?

This is not just your ordinary outdoor fabric. It is mostly selected due to its amazing features such as the following:

All-Weather Fabric

You can have the most beautiful fabric to provide your outdoors space shade but it’s useless when the rain comes. Xceltex™ fabric has high repellency to water, making it perfect even for rainy weather.

UV Stabilized & Fade Resistant

With exposure to the UV rays of the sun, some fabrics can fade in color but not Xceltex™ fabric. It has UV stabilized fibers that won’t degrade due to UV exposure. It even comes with a 5-year warranty for UV degradation.

Strong And Durable

Most outdoor fabrics are stretched to achieve that polished look. You can count on Xceltex™ fabric not to tear easily when fully stretched. It is highly durable and performs exceptionally well in various weather conditions.

Mould And Mildew Resistant

Black spots on fabrics are possibly mold and mildew. These can’t easily be removed, may spread and can cause diseases. Xceltex™ fabric is resistant to mold and mildew so you won’t have to worry about it.

Eco-Friendly

Make the environmentally responsible choice by choosing the Xceltex™ fabric. It is made of 100% recyclable polypropylene. Also, they stay away from dyes that are harmful to the environment.

What Can I Use It For?

Xceltex™ fabric is a perfect choice for a variety of outdoor shade applications. With an all-weather fabric that’s resistant to water, fade, mold, and mildew, it can withstand various degrading elements for years to come. Use it for a variety of outdoor shades like:

  • Pergolas
  • Shade Sails
  • Retractable Awnings
  • Fixed Framed Awnings
  • Window Awnings
  • Umbrellas
  • Roller Shades
  • Privacy Panels
  • Exterior Blinds
  • Gazebos

DIY Ideas For Xceltex™ Fabric Shades

You can buy pre-made and pre-cut fabrics that you can easily install in your backyard but sometimes it just doesn’t fit perfectly. Let your creativity show by using the Xceltex™ fabric for your customized shade. Here are a few ideas:

Retractable Awnings

Motorized retractable awnings are very convenient but they are also expensive. If you like the idea of having retractable awnings but a little tight on the budget, you can have manual retractable awnings.

The simplest way to do that is to attach wires or cables that will run through the length of space you want to cover. Make sure they are sturdy enough to hold the fabric.

Next is to add grommets on each side of the Xceltex™ fabric in spaced intervals. Then thread the cable through the grommets. Now you can move the fabric to cover the entire area or pull them to one side.

Simple Shade Sail

Another way to add a covered area to your backyard is to use a shade sail. This may be the easiest and simplest shade DIY you can do to your backyard. Cut the Xceltex™ fabric into the desired size and shape. Shade sails are usually triangular but you can cut it into a square if you prefer.

Eyelets on each corner of the shade sail should be added. You can use twine, rope or metal chains to attach it to poles, trees or even to the side of your house.

Dining Tent

You’ll love dining outdoors even more with your DIY tent that fits your dining space perfectly. You can create the frames out of PVC pipes. The Xceltex™ fabric can be used on the roof and you can even extend it to the sides for a bit more privacy.


About Darren Rider

Darren Rider is a small business owner located in North Raleigh, NC. In addition to designing manufacture, sell and install tensioned membrane structures worldwide through TMB, he owns or co-owns other local businesses in the area. Interested in purchasing our patented designs directly? Give us a call today!

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