Shade Cloth – Coolaroo vs. Commercial 95

Shade Cloth over a Pergola

Shade Cloth Covered Pergola

What is the difference between Coolaroo and Commercial 95 Shade Cloth?

If you are looking for shade cloth to add to your porch, pergola, outdoor room, or other outside area, we have two varieties that offer varying levels of UV protection, features, and colors. Here is a breakdown of how the materials, Coolaroo and Commercial 95, differ.

Coolaroo Shade Fabric – Coolaroo fabric is knitted polyethylene weave that is “breathable” and allows air to circulate through and under the material. It is color fast and resistant to mold, mildew, rot, sun damage, and tearing. Coolaroo shade cloth is available in two varieties, 70% UV protection and 90% UB protection. The 70% fabric can be purchased in  Black, Sandstone, or Forest Green. The 90% fabric can be purchased in Grey, Heritage Green, or Wheat colors. It is only available as plain cloth (no custom sizes, hemming, grommets, etc.)

Commercial 95 Shade Cloth – Commercial 95 is a high density polyethylene knitted fabric that blocks up to 98% of UV rays. It is breathable, but not waterproof. Like Coolaroo, the material is resistant to mold, rot, sun damage, mildew, and tearing. Fabric is available in Aquatic Blue, Navy Blue, Sky Blue, Rivergum, Brunswick Green, Ochre Red, Cherry Red, Desert Sand, Steel Gray, Natural, Turquoise, Yellow, and Black, You can purchase Commercial 95 shade cloth by the linear yard, by the 3 meters wide by 40 meters long roll, or in custom-made pieces with hemmed edges. Grommets can be added at an additional cost.

4 thoughts on “Shade Cloth – Coolaroo vs. Commercial 95”

  1. Peter LaPorte

    Trey – We have a pergola overhead which is fine. Our problem is that the setting sun is directly in our eyes. We need a curtain to attach to one side of the pergola that we can extend when the sun gets low. Most fabrics do a fine job of preventing UV – but what we want is to block (not filter) the direct sunlight. Thoughts??

  2. Sonja Green

    I would like a price on a roll of commercial 95 shade cloth desert sand. I have started a project and need to get more cloth. my cloth was wheat in color and 8′ wide. I forgot where I purchased the roll. Do you have samples.

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