Originally Posted by David M
Why is canvas itself so expensive, especially Sunbrella?
This is a bit of a difficult question for me because I honestly don't think that fabrics like Sunbrella are expensive although I realize that they cost more than some other fabrics (they also cost less than a lot of other fabrics).
Considering that there are very few fabrics that combine the follow qualities it seems that Sunbrella could actually cost a good bit more and people would probably still pay for it:
- Highly breathable
- Extremely water-resistant
- Colorfast even after long-term UV exposure
- Maintains a great amount of it's original strength even after long-term exposure
- Comes with a 10-year warranty
- Very low-maintenance
- Stands up well to anything from long-term UV exposure to high-speed powerboat travel and storm abuse
Add to all of this that I know of Sunbrella canvas products which have lasted nearly 20 years with only occasional re-waterproofing and minor maintenance
and Sunbrella actually sounds like a pretty good deal.
Other products are significantly more expensive but many of them are much more expensive to make and serve very specific functions (Strataglass for windows, Ultraleather for luxury upholstery, etc.).
Overall considering the "abuse" that most of these fabrics take just by being used in a marine
application most of them seem quite reasonably-priced.
Just my opinion though, I would love to hear responses!