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Fabrics Grades: What Do They Mean?

Each fabric is graded with a letter from "A" (least cost) to "E" (most expensive). But is an E really better than an A? That depends! You'll find out after watching this 3 minute video!


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As you’re shopping for new cushions for your patio furniture, you will notice all our fabrics are designed specifically for outdoor use.

At Patiopads you will find the largest selection of outdoor fabric on the web.  There are two basic types of outdoor fabric and they are Vinyls and Non-vinyls, such as the Sunbrella-type.  When you are looking through our selection you will see that all fabrics are categorized first by design type: solid colors, stripes, patterns, florals and blended colors, and then each of these is separated into Vinyl and Non-vinyl fabric groups.

There are many options for you to consider, including colors, designs, texture and grade. 

Fabric grades are determined by the mills and are based on manufacturing variables like the intricacy of the weave, the yarn type, construction complexity, and dye colors – all factors that affect the cost of production.  Fabric grades range from “A”, which is the least cost grade, to “E”, which the most expensive grade.

It’s important to note that the fabric grade is NOT necessarily an indication of quality or durability – in fact, the A grade vinyls are very durable.  It’s simply an indicator of how expensive the fabric was to produce.

To better identify our fabrics, their names consist of 3 components:
1. the fabric number
2. the fabric name, and
3. the fabric grade.

For example, this one is number 004. Its name is Putty Linen, and it is a grade A open weave vinyl. This one is number 5603-0000, Hardwood Crimson, and it's a C grade Sunbrella acrylic.

We carry the full-range of Sunbrella fabrics, so if you've fallen in love with a specific Sunbrella fabric but can’t find it on our website, let us know. Unless it’s discontinued we probably have it!

Regardless of color, grade or type, outdoor fabrics should always be chosen to serve your needs, both fashionable and practical. We have about 500 choices, so don’t settle for anything you’re not in love with. 

If you are confused about the different types of fabrics and what is best for you, then please watch the other fabric video on our site, that describes them in detail.

At any time you can search for a specific fabric by number or name by using the search field at the top left of the page.

We hope this video has answered your questions about fabric grades. Thanks for watching.