fusionmcWinter is coming, and while the volume of work may slow down, it can provide an opportunity to focus on indoor projects and prep for the busy season. For indoor and casual furniture projects, work can be completed during the cold season – starting with customer consultations.

Be sure to let your customers know about new fabrics like those in the Sunbrella® Fusion collection. Schedule a consultation session, and be sure to have them browse the Fusion sample book. The broad range of styles, colors and textures will allow clients to mix and match tones and styles so they can achieve their own unique look.

fusion2“People want things that are original or that they can make their own,” said Greg Voorhis, Sunbrella designer. “We like to give them options so they can create their own look, and with Fusion collection they can do just that.”

Have fun coordinating colors and patterns found in the Fusion Collection. From Boss Tweede and Rachelle White to Demo Denim and Savvy Indigo, clients will able to create a look that’s all their own.


At the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo, Sunbrella® released two new Jacquard patterns to their popular shade and marine fabric collection — Avenues and Cirrus.

Avenues features asymmetrical color blocks that are ideal for commercial applications. It is available in a 54-inch width and two colors — neutral Daytime and dark Midnight. Cirrus, a pattern that mimics delicate cloud coverage, is perfect for traditional shade applications as well as larger cabanas. It comes in colors Dove and Sand.

The Sunbrella team also added new colors and updated stripes to their shade and marine collection. Fabricators can now choose new colorways for popular striped patterns as well as new hues of green and blue.

As with all Sunbrella fabrics, the shade and marine collection features superior fade and stain resistance, easy care and bleach cleanability. Visit Trivantage.com today to learn more about the updates to the Sunbrella shade and marine collection or to place an order.


boattipsThe off-season is here, but there is still work to be done. Before your clients undock their boats for winter, be sure to review a few key boat storage tips with them:

Clean it up.

Waiting until Spring to give a boat a thorough cleaning can be like trying to remove grease from a pan after it sits for a few days – except much worse. Encourage your clients to spend time giving their boat a thorough cleaning and waxing before storing it. This will make it easier for them to hit the water come boating season. Plus, a thorough cleaning will give them time for a proper inspection where they can catch any issues, like cracks in fiberglass or tears in canvas boat covers, that can be repaired during the off-season.

Remind them to clean windscreens, biminis and mooring covers in addition to the hull of the boat. Be sure they have the proper cleaning products on hand and that they allow fabrics to dry completely before storing them in a protected space. Life jackets, fenders and other items should also be removed from the boat and stored in a safe place to limit wear and possible mold and mildew damage.

Cover it up.

Though an enclosed, climate-controlled space is best for storing a boat, many clients have to store their vessels outside or in cold, damp garages. For these boat owners, it is especially important to have a properly fitted, durable boat cover.

Check with your clients to see if they are in need of a winter storage cover, and encourage them to try limiting the boat’s exposure to wind and weather as much as possible. In addition, be sure they have the proper supports to place underneath covers to limit water and snow from pooling.

Proper cleaning and storage will help your client’s increase the longevity of their boats, and helping them with the process will keep you working during the off-season.


With over 180 Soltis products, including Soltis 86 and 92, Trivantage can get you what you need, when you need it. Whether you require one roll, multiple rolls, or several yards, visit Trivantage.com to get the job done.

Soltis is the only solar screen produced with Précontraint technology, and provides many benefits on the job. It’s thinner and lighter in weight than comparable textiles, it does not stretch, and it eliminates the need to tape or seal edges, reducing flaws in the job.

Please contact your Trivantage representative with any questions.


Last month, we showed you a sneak peek of Aqualon Edge®. Now, you can learn even more about the next-generation marine fabric and place an order.

Aqualon Edge marine fabric is powered by Perfecta Marine®. This revolutionary technology significantly reduces heat gain and keeps surfaces and interior temperatures cooler. The fabric is hybrid coated with the technology, providing optimal protection from ultraviolet (UV) sunrays that cause heat buildup. This makes Aqualon Edge ideal for boat covers and bimini tops.

In an independent test, Aqualon Edge outperformed other popular marine fabrics, including its predecessor Aqualon®. The tests showed that Aqualon Edge resists heat gain up to 30 percent more effectively than other brands.

Aqualon Edge is available in 20 fade- and stain-resistant colors exclusively through Trivantage®. It can be cleaned by using a soft bristle brush and a mix of water and mild detergent. Aqualon Edge comes with a seven-year limited warranty.

To place an order today, visit Trivantage.com.

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