Umbrellas have come a long way from their humble beginnings as simple tools for sheltering against rain or sun. In the world of branded umbrella manufacturing, innovations are constantly evolving to improve both the functionality and aesthetics of branded and corporate umbrellas. An example of this is to use a reflective lining, a silver layer of material which backs onto either the outer or inside canopy. In this blog post, we’ll explore what the reflective lining is, why experts in the field of umbrella manufacturing suggest using it, and how this clever design enhances the overall umbrella experience.
What is a reflective lining?
The reflective lining used is a silver layer of material, backed onto either the outside layer or inside layer of a double canopy umbrella. This layer serves a dual purpose: preventing the visibility of the print on the outer canopy from the inside and vice versa. It’s a thoughtful addition to the manufacturing process that addresses a common challenge faced by clients who are after separate designs on the inside and outside of the umbrella.
Why use a reflective lining on branded umbrellas?
1. Print Clarity:
One of the primary reasons we often suggest incorporating reflective linings when purchasing branded umbrellas is to enhance the clarity and vibrancy of prints on both the inner and outer canopies. Without the reflective lining, there’s a risk of the design or pattern on one side interfering with the visibility of the print on the other side. The silver lining acts as a visual barrier, ensuring that each side maintains its distinct appearance. A good example of this would be, if the canopy underneath is dark but the logo on the outer canopy needs to be white or a much lighter colour, we would suggest a lining here as the logo often becomes lost within the design.
Double canopy corporate umbrellas are often chosen for their aesthetic appeal, to showcase creative designs and are an impressive branding opportunity. Reflective linings contribute to a more polished and professional look by preventing any design interference. This feature is particularly crucial for umbrellas featuring intricate or vibrant prints, where maintaining the integrity of the design is paramount.
3. Enhanced User Experience:
For the end user, the reflective lining translates into a more enjoyable and seamless experience. Whether shielding from rain or sun, users can appreciate the well-defined prints without any visual distractions. It adds a layer of sophistication to the umbrella’s design while ensuring that functionality is not compromised.
How does it work?
The reflective lining functions by bouncing light away from the inner surface of the outer canopy. This prevents the design or colour from bleeding through to the inside, maintaining the clarity of the inner print. Simultaneously, it reflects light away from the outer surface of the inner canopy, preserving the distinct appearance of the outer design. The silver colour of the lining is particularly effective in this regard, acting as a neutral background that minimizes any interference between the two canopies.
In the world of umbrella manufacturing, the reflective lining stands out as a clever solution to a common challenge. Its ability to maintain the clarity of prints on double-canopy umbrellas adds a touch of sophistication and enhances the overall user experience. As manufacturers continue to push the boundaries of design and functionality, the reflective lining remains a shining example of how thoughtful innovation can elevate a seemingly simple product to new heights.