The standard thread used in the marine industry is made of UV polyester, which generally requires to be re-sewn after 3 to five years. The Marine Canvas Company uses Gortex thread by Tenera, which is an expanded PTFE fiber — commonly known as Teflon. Gortex thread will resist deterioration from elemental exposure, allowing the seams to last approximately 7 to 10 years.
Yes, it is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation (view press release).
If your enclosure is made from Sunbrella (or similar) fabric, please follow this link for Sunbrella’s Cleaning Guide.
It’s not easy give an exact time frame because there are many variables that affect the life of boat canvas. The choice of materials makes a big difference in the life of the product, with those of a higher grade obviously lasting longer. Also, where the boat is docked or stored is a big factor. Keeping your boat in the city (pollution) or under tree cover will likely cause the product to age faster. Additionally, maintenance is very important. The Marine Canvas Company can provide literature from the manufacturer as well as go over proper care and maintenance with you. With this being said, the product should last 7 to 9 years on average.
This depends on the product and whether regular care is maintained. A fair estimation would be for 30 gauge roll glass should last 3 to 5 years, 40 gauge sheet glass 4 to 7 years, and 40 gauge and 60 gauge Strataglass sheet glass 7 to 11 years.
As for the actual fabric, Sunbrella stands alone as the superior choice and comes in three grades — Supreme, Plus and Standard. Stamoid is another good option, which is available in waterproof vinyl and comes in three different weights. For clear vinyl there are three products that we recommend — Crystal Clear 20/20 (by the makers of Strataglass), a very good standard option with its extra clear appearance, UV protection, and affordability; Strataglass, which is a premium product which offers connectivity, UV protection, scratch resistance, and beautiful clarity; and O’Sea which also offers UV protection, superior scratch resistance, and is chemically engineered to provide above average chemical and stain resistance (i.e. pollution, bird droppings).
The Marine Canvas Company will stand behind the workmanship on all products we produce. We will resew or fix any seam or stitch failure that occurs up to two years after your purchase. As far as problems with the product materials, they are covered under manufacturer warranties that vary from company to company.