The looser the fabric is attached to the frame, the more it flutters in the wind. Ultimately that continuous flexing and beating against the framework, known as wind whip, will deteriorate the fabric.
Without ShelterRite’s UV inhibitors to protect the base fabric from the sun, the base fabric weakens much more rapidly, becomes brittle and is subject to tearing. PVC coated fabric will typically resist the wind whip effect much better than a laminate because of the enhanced adhesion process (explained above).
It is also very important to keep your canopy as tight over the frame as possible to eliminate as much wind flutter as possible, as even the best fabric will break down under continual wind whip conditions
If you have additional questions, please call us at 1-866-776-5617.
The primary difference between laminates and PVC-coated material is in how the components are held together. Laminate material is held together by fusing or rolling a top and bottom material around the base cloth, simply fusing the laminate coating layers to each other through the open spaces of the base cloth. PVC coating, however, is bonded to the base fabric by using a special adhesive process.
The first step in this process is to spread a high-strength adhesive in and around each base cloth thread. Then the PVC coating, which is in a liquid state, is spread over the glue. Finally they are all fused together using heat and pressure.
Typically PVC-coated fabric has stronger adhesion qualities due to this bonding process. ABC boat lift fabrics are PVC coated.
Most ABC Canopies weigh between 55 and 70 lbs when packaged for shipping, depending on size. This includes all attachment hardware and packaging.
ABC canopies can be installed in a similar fashion as your previous canopy. There may be slight variations, but each canopy comes with an instruction sheet to answer any questions.
You can also view instructions by visiting our Installation page on our website or you can contact us via phone at 1-866-776-5617, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (CT) Monday through Friday to speak to a customer service representative.
A mixture of mild detergent and water is an effective cleaner. Use caution with any type of cleaning solution, as some may cause a negative chemical reaction with the vinyl coating which can cause premature degradation and discoloration of your canopy.
Visit our “How to Measure” section. This section will walk you through the process of determining what brand of lift canopy you have, and what size frame you have.
You can also contact us at 1-866-776-5617 to speak with a representative to help determine what you need. Our hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (CT), Monday through Friday.
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All our canopies are manufactured to the highest standards in the USA. In addition to great quality, we also offer industry-leading warranties for five or seven years depending on your fabric choice.
Each canopy is individually packaged with all attachment hardware in a heavy weight cardboard box, to ensure it’s protected and in excellent condition when it arrives at your destination.
Canopies are shipped via UPS or Spee Dee to your shipping address. You can also pick up your order at our service center located in Springfield, South Dakota. Other shipping arrangements will be considered per request.
In-stock canopies ship in 1 to 2 business days. Non-stocked available canopies ship within 7 business days. Call for lead-times for special orders.