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Polyfab Australia: Keep students sun safe with Polyfab™ shade cloth

While playing and learning outside, Australian students are exposed to some of the harshest and most dangerous levels of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) in the world. So, providing year-round built shade in Australian schools is essential.

Polyfab™ Australia designs and develops market-leading shade cloth to keep your students and teachers sun safe. Polyfab™ Xtra, our extra heavy-duty shade cloth, offers the world’s highest UV protection provided by shade cloth, with our darkest colours blocking 99.8% of UVA and UVB rays.

Developed using premium raw materials, our tightly woven Polyfab™ Xtra shade cloth has extremely high physical strength for large shade structures and is stronger against vandalism. Polyfab™ Xtra is supported by a 15-year warranty, for ultimate peace of mind.

Polyfab™ shade is an all-weather solution

A tightly woven shade fabric, like Polyfab™ Xtra, promotes exceptional water run-off, making it the perfect ‘all-weather’ solution when installed over spaces that are used year-round, like basketball courts and courtyards.

In warmer months, Polyfab™ Xtra helps keep your staff and students cooler. In cooler months, when installed over hip-and-ridge structures, the tightly woven Polyfab™ Xtra shade cloth promotes water run-off to keep the area drier.

Your shade cloth checklist:

  • UV Protection Category: Excellent

  • Shade Cloth Protection Category: Most Effective

  • Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF): 50+

  • UV Radiation (UVR) Block: 98%+

  • Monofilament and tape construction

  • Promotes water run-off for year-round, multi-use spaces

Know your stats and meet building quality standards easily

While sun protection and shade are recommended in schools when UVR reaches 3 and above, in Australian cities, peak daily values in summer are regularly over 12-14 and up to 16+ in northern regions. Only during the winter months in our southern cities do the average daily maximum UVR levels drop below 3.

In most states, built shade in schools must provide UV protection of 50 UPF or higher. Polyfab™ Xtra offers UPF 50+, meaning it blocks 98%+ of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays and allows less than 2% (1/50th) to penetrate. Polyfab™ Xtra falls into the ‘Excellent’ UV protection and ‘Most Effective’ shade cloth protection categories.

Shade cloth with a ‘monofilament and tape construction’ offers better UV protection

A monofilament shade cloth is a strong and durable netting that offers some shade without blocking out all light or air circulation. A monofilament and tape shade cloth offers better UV protection as it weaves a thicker yarn tape through the gaps of a monofilament shade cloth, blocking out considerably more light, UV rays and heat.

Work with our network of shade designers, manufacturers and installers trusted by schools Australia-wide

At Polyfab™, we supply shade fabrics to an extensive network of trusted shade professionals. When working with schools, we help you specify the most suitable fabric for your shade sails or shade structures. We will then find a local, experienced team that will assist you with the design, manufacture and installation of your shade solutions.

Contact us at for a free sample swatch.

Polyfab is a brand of the Nolan Group

1300 357 585


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