So, what is the difference between a fire-resistant and a fire-retardant fabric. Fire-retardant textiles are coated with chemicals or solutions. Fire-resistant fabrics are inherently nonflammable; the fibers naturally don’t burn.
- The fire-retardant fabrics are specially coated with a substance which prevents flammability. The coating typically lasts the life of the textile. Sometimes, a coating can also assist in self-extinguishing after the fire source has been removed.
- Inherent fire resistance in a fabric means the fibers of the material are naturally nonflammable; meaning the textile is difficult to ignite or burn. Some inherently fire-resistant fabrics include: wool and silk.
- Fire-retardant coatings don’t ruin your fabric; this is a misconception. In fact, for most awning fabrics, using a fire-retardant textile is important because you don’t want a wool or silk product for your awning; it would probably deteriorate quickly.