Waterproof Water Repellent or Water Resistant?

water on rip stop fabric

Rain is part and parcel of living in England, yet we are in a constant battle to control its effects. As much as we appreciate the rain we do have to protect ourselves and our property against it. From a flurry of pleasant summer rain to storms that destroy coastal homes, there is a fabric available to match every kind if rain. This blog is here to help you find that match, and will hopefully clear up the differences between waterproof, water repellent and find you the right fabric to suit your needs.

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Testing Different Types of Water Resistant Fabrics

In the video below I will be testing a range of water resistant fabrics that we stock here at Fabric UK. I will be doing this by placing a fabric sample over a clear glass jar, securing it with an elastic band and pouring the same amount of water on the surface of each fabric sample. If no water collects in the jar, then it is clear that the fabric has a level of water resistance. Note that this test only demonstrates a low level of water resistance. With an increase of pressure, some of the fabrics would prove to be more water resistant than others, meaning that they can withstand a higher water pressure before the water penetrates the fabric.  Continue reading “Testing Different Types of Water Resistant Fabrics”