Artificial plants and UV Resistance

What is UV Resistance and Why Does It Matter?

Ultraviolet (UV) resistance is the ability to resist UV rays or sunlight.

Artificial plants are normally made from a variety of plastics. These key materials are not automatically resistant to UV light and can fade or discolour.

What Gives an Artificial Plant UV Resistance?

To make our Products UV resistant we add a premium grade chemical stabiliser, absorber and/ or blocker during the manufacturing stage. This additive absorbs much of the harmful UV light, protecting the plastic’s colour.

When the stabiliser, absorber or blocker is added during the manufacturing stage, plants are referred to as inherently UV protected.

How Long Will Outdoor Artificial Plants Last?

The premium grade stabiliser added to the plastic will dramatically increase the lifespan of our outdoor products. However there are still many variables which make it very difficult to specify an exact lifespan. Variables include:

• Amount of direct sunlight the product receives
• Geographical location
• Weather
• Humidity
• Altitude
• Reflection
• Stratospheric ozone

Testing

We place samples of our Products in a test chamber in the UK for the equivalent of one year, eighteen months and two years. After the testing is complete, we compare the foliage samples against an untested control sample to check for signs of significant material fading or discolouration.

Our testing process subjects the foliage to UV light, heat and condensation to produce the most realistic results possible. Accelerated ageing takes place under controlled laboratory conditions to ensure consistent results across multiple tests.

Conclusion

Our Products are Inherently UV protected during the manufacturing process, and whilst we advise that a small nominal colour fade may occur, this is quite normal and acceptable. We do offer a One year guarantee from the date of delivery of our Products against excess colour fade or discolouration.

Please see our Terms and Conditions of Sale for further details.