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Still holding up good, start of 2014 season
on March 30, 2013
This is the first type of shade fabric I've purchased and used. I went with it based mostly on the first review and a bit of research
I purchased this for my greenhouse last summer (2012). 90% block may seem like a lot of shade for a greenhouse, but trust me it was just right. There plenty of light that still passed through to keep the plants happy.
(Before the shade)
On sunny summer days with an outside temp of 80 degrees, the temps inside the greenhouse were around 110+ degrees. My plants were suffering from heat stress. And that was with all the doors and vents open, 3 large fans and cooling misters too.
(After the shade)
I hung the material inside the greenhouse in early July. I placed it directly overhead and over the south roof. There was a noticeable shade inside the greenhouse, but it certainly did it's job and kept the temps down. To be a bit more specific, the temps never climbed any higher than 12 degrees from the ambient temp. I left the shade installed until Mid Nov. When I removed it it looked as good as it did when I installed, no uv damage from what I could see.
Over all this is a great product. The material is heavy and durable and does not unravel when cut. It did not get cooked in the extreme heat that exists in the ceiling area of my greenhouse. Hopefully it will last a few more seasons.
I will be buying more of this product.
EDITED TO ADD ON JUNE 20TH 2013:
Well the same fabric from last year is going up again this weekend. When I pulled it out of storage it still looked brand new
- no mildew or unraveling. We'll see how it stands up to another summer. I will add to this review later in the year.
EDITED TO ADD ON APRIL 13th 2014
I failed to add to last years review so here it is short and sweet... The fabric held up great!
Today I pulled the fabric out of storage. 1 from 2012 and 4 from 2013. As last year, no unraveling and no signs of any UV damage.
For my use, the ceiling of my greenhouse, having one large section of fabric makes hanging it up easier than dealing with multiple smaller pieces. I took 2 pieces and with heavy thread joined them together. I gave the new joint several good tugs and it felt like one continuous piece of fabric. Now I have a 12x16 foot section. I wanted to added metal grommets every 3 feet around the edges, but I didn't think a single layer of fabric would be strong enough. I decided to re-enforce it and sewed a 1 1/2 inch hem on all 4 edges. Installing the grommets took a lot of effort, but I'm happy with the end result. Now the test will be how well it holds up this season. I will wait and see how things go before making another one.