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Sunbrella Material vs. Vinyl Material: What's the Difference?

Sunbrella Material vs. Vinyl Material: What's the Difference?

Sunbrella and vinyl are two different materials commonly used in the construction of golf cart enclosures, including the DoorWorks enclosures carried by Ace Golf Cart Covers. Each material has its own set of characteristics and advantages. Here's a comparison between Sunbrella and vinyl enclosures:


  1. Material: Sunbrella is a high-performance fabric known for its durability and resistance to UV rays, mildew, and water.

  2. Breathability: Sunbrella is a breathable fabric, allowing air circulation. This can be beneficial in preventing condensation and maintaining a comfortable environment inside the enclosure.

  3. Comfort: Sunbrella tends to have a softer and more fabric-like feel compared to vinyl, providing a slightly more luxurious looking and comfortable experience!

  4. Color Options: Sunbrella comes in a wide range of colors and patterns, allowing for greater customization to match personal preferences or the aesthetics of the golf cart.

  5. Resistance: While Sunbrella is water-resistant, it may not be entirely waterproof. In heavy rain, water may eventually penetrate the fabric.

Example Pictures of Sunbrella Canvas Covers

Close up of our Sunbrella material


  1. Material: Vinyl is a synthetic material known for its durability and resistance to water, UV rays, and mildew.

  2. Waterproofing: Vinyl is generally more waterproof than Sunbrella. It provides a more effective barrier against rain, making it a suitable choice for those who want to prioritize maximum water resistance and stay dry in steady rain.

  3. Ease of Cleaning: Vinyl is often easier to clean and maintain than fabric materials. It can be wiped down with a damp cloth, making it suitable for individuals who want a low-maintenance option.

  4. Rigidity: Vinyl tends to be stiffer than fabric materials. While this rigidity can contribute to effective water resistance, it may lack the softer feel of fabrics like Sunbrella.

  5. Color Options: Our DoorWorks vinyl enclosures are available in a variety of colors, but the range might be more limited compared to the extensive color options offered by Sunbrella.

Example Pictures of Vinyl Canvas Covers
A close up of our vinyl cover material - high quality & rain resistant!

Ultimately, the choice between Sunbrella and vinyl enclosures depends on your needs, climate and interest in maintenance. The good news is that both styles of product are fantastic, and we have thousands of satisfied customers with both enclosure types.

If breathability, a soft feel, and extensive color options are essential, Sunbrella may be a preferable choice. On the other hand, if maximum water resistance, easy cleaning, and durability are top priorities, a vinyl enclosure might be more suitable.

Happy Golfing!

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