This is part of a series of posts about Caravan Covers and selecting the best type of Caravan Cover for your specific storage needs
- Part 1: Which types of Materials are available for Caravan Covers?
- Part 2: What is your Primary protection Concerns : UV or Storm Protection?
- Part 3: Price, Material Lifespan and Cover Warranties
- Part 4: The best Cover selection for your Location
- Part 5: Which Cover type is best suited to you and your storage / protection needs?
- Coverworld Caravan Covers are available in 3 types of Material:
- Ultimate and Ultimate Plus are Solution Dyed Polyester Fabrics
- SunCover is Solution Dyed Acrylic Material
- StormCover is commercial grade PolyFabric exterior and Auto Industry inner foam with film lining
How do Coverworld Materials compare to other materials available from other retailers and online stores?
Firstly its important to understand the difference between good quality fabrics that are designed to last in Australian conditions and other materials and the terminology used to trick you into a cover purchase.
Fabric Denier : Also known as D
Denier is a unit of measurement that is used to determine the fibre thickness of individual threads or filaments used in the creation of textiles and fabrics. Fabrics with a high denier count tend to be thick, sturdy, and durable. But this the Denier count does not determine how long the material will last in the weather, denier count does not provide any information about the UV resistance of the material, this is very important in Australia where UV conditions are intense.
Types of Material : Non Woven polypropylene, Polyester, Solution Dyed Polyster, Solution Dyed Acrylic and polyfabrics
There are a lot of different types of material that Caravan Covers are made from and each material type has different materials. In general all ready made covers that you can buy pre-boxed and pre-made are either made from Non woven polypropylene, polyester or a combination of the two.
The fact is that if you buy a pre-made cover it will never be made from a top quality material, in most cases they are made from a very poor quality material which is because companies that hold covers in stock in their warehouses do not want to stock covers made from expensive materials.
In some other countries such as the Northern Hemisphere countries this is not such a big problem because they do not have the same UV conditions as Australia but when you put this quality of material cover onto Caravans in Australia as many caravan owners have experienced they break down very quickly. If you have not yet purchased a cheap pre-made cover and had this experience this is a known issue which is why 3 years ago Coverworld stopped selling this cover range completely.
The non Woven polypropylene’s start to break down into a dust like composition which is very unpleasant to handle, and the polyester materials though they do not turn to a dust they become brittle very quickly and completely lose their original fabric strength. For this reason Coverworld do not stock, sell or recommend this type of cover for Caravans unless they are being used under a roof and are not getting any UV or weather exposure.
Solution Dyed Materials Polyester and Acrylic
Traditionally when materials are made the material is produced by weaving a thread and then after is it made is is surface or pigment dyed. This is the method of making cheaper materials.
However the high quality fabrics offered by Coverworld in our Ultimate, Ultimate Plus and SunCovers material range are all made from solution dyed fabrics where the manufacturing process is quite different to pigment / surface dying.
To make solution dyed materials (a process that was developed in Europe in the 1950′s the colouring, UV protection, Mould and Mildew Inhibitors and Water repellent treatments are combined as a liquid solution with the acrylic or polyster liquid which is then extruded to produce a thread which is in turn woven into a fabric. This means that the UV, Mould, Mildew, water and Colour are part of the fibres of the material and are not a surface treatment. The manufacturing process is more costly, the end produced fabric is expensive to purchase but the properties of the material and all its characteristics for lasting in the Australian weather conditions are built into the material.