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Why choose Sumbrella®?

There’s no question: our New Zealand climate can be hard on outdoor fabrics and many just can’t stand up to the blazing sun, driving rain, and whipping winds that can happen all in one day.

So what’s the answer? At Modern Style, we believe the answer lies in Sunbrella® high performance fabric and that’s why it’s the only fabric we use on our outdoor furniture suites.

Introduced in the 1960s, this robust material has been engineered to withstand the elements and has gained a lot of fans right around the globe, including our team here in New Zealand.

So why are we convinced? We’ll give you six reasons and these are the same things you’ll hear the staff in our outdoor furniture showrooms in Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton and Christchurch expounding if you go and see the Sunbrella cushions on our outdoor furniture for yourselves.

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Benefits of Sunbrella® include:

  • Long lasting, fade resistant colours
  • 100% acrylic fibre gives excellent abrasion resistance and makes the fabric immune to mildew and highly resistant to rot
  • Colours and fibres that are highly resistant to UV rays
  • A soft cotton canvas feel
  • High resistance to soiling and easy cleaning.

Fade resistant outdoor cushions

Sunbrella® is made from solution dyed acrylic where the colours are added to the Sunbrella® yarn, before the fabric is made. The fibres are saturated to the core with highly UV-stable pigments to give our cushions covers and sun umbrellas long lasting colour that won’t fade or wash out. Traditional dyeing processes only leave colour on the surface of fibres, meaning colour only is ‘one layer deep’ and isn’t woven into the fabric. Consequently, these fabrics fade easily when left outdoors.

UV protection

Want to get out of the sun’s damaging rays yet still enjoy the outdoors? When it comes to sun, Sunbrella® benefits don’t stop at fade resistance. Sunbrella® fabrics have been tested and proven to provide up to 98% UV protection from harmful effects of the sun when used for shade. Sunbrella® fabrics have been awarded the “Seal of Recommendation” by The Skin Cancer Foundation. This UV protective factor is inherent to the fabric itself and will not be reduced by usage or exposure to the sun.


Water resistant fabric

With Sunbrella® you get the softness and good looks of cotton canvas, with the longevity and fade resistance of an acrylic. Basically, acrylics are hydrophobic, so don’t absorb water. However, the ‘cotton-like’ weave of the fabric allows moisture to escape and the fabric to breathe.

Essentially, when it rains the water goes through the cushion cover and into the inner cushion. By pressing down on the cushion or placing the cushions on their sides, the cushions will be dry in a relatively short period of time.

That also means our outdoor umbrellas can be used as both a shade protector and as a roof over your head when it rains.

Mildew and mould proof

All Sunbrella® fabrics naturally resist the growth of mould and mildew. That’s good news whether you live in the sub-tropics like we do here in North Auckland. Simply brush off any organic matter, but if any attaches to the fabric, following the easy-care cleaning instructions fix that in no time. We also use cushion inners with built in anti-microbial protection that prohibits the growth of mould, mildew and fungus, even when the cushion is allowed to be left outdoors for long periods of time.

Cleaning is a breeze

Maintaining Sunbrella® fabric is as easy as spot cleaning with soap and water. For regular maintenance, simply brush off loose dirt and wash with a mild soap and lukewarm water solution, then rinse thoroughly and allow to air dry. If deeper cleaning is needed after a tomato sauce filled sausage, birthday party or bird droppings, Sunbrella material can even stand up to bleach. A bleach solution won’t cause fading, because each fibre is saturated to the core with colour.

Sunbrella® comes with a 5-year warranty

Sunbrella fabric carries a 5-year manufacturer’s guarantee. This warranty protects against the fabric “becoming unserviceable due to color or strength loss from normal usage and exposure conditions, including sunlight, mildew and atmospheric chemicals.” Sunbrella® stands behind its products, so you know you can count on the quality and enjoy your purchase for years to come. In New Zealand, we ask a lot of our outdoor fabrics, and we reckon Sunbrella® is up to the task.

You can be confident when choosing Sunbrella fabric that this has the best backed warranty regarding fabric for outdoor use.

The cushions for outdoor furniture that we sell at Modern Style can be left outdoors

Sunbrella fabric feels like an ordinary cotton fabric but has properties which allow it to remain outdoors in all weather conditions. Style your outdoor lounge or dining setting with cushions made from Sunbrella® high performance fabric and they’ll look great all your round, and last for years.

Enjoy your outdoor furniture for longer without having to replace cushions, worry about fading, racing around bringing cushions inside and out, needing extra cushion storage or loads of maintenance.

High performance Sunbrella® fabric is UV, water and mildew resistant. Sunbrella will last ten times longer than cotton outdoor fabrics and is great for all furniture, both for indoor and outdoor cushions and umbrellas.

Sunbrella fabrics® offer the perfect mix: good looks and functionality to complement your outdoor furniture suite from Modern Style.

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Modern Style Outdoor Furniture sources the best design trends from leading manufacturers as well as developing our own designs for the New Zealand environment. You’re sure to find something you love.

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