Reflective Shade Cloths

Highly Reflective Aluminized Shade Fabric

World Famous Aluminet is a highly reflective Aluminized Shade Fabric that provides a radically cooler shade environment than does traditional black shade cloth. Reflecting the intense IR radiation of the Sun, many Aluminet customers report double digit temperature improvements versus the dark shade cloth that they had used previously.

Specific benefits of Aluminet include: moderation of day/night temperatures, enabling microclimate control in greenhouses and nurseries, uniform shadows, control of air movement and optimum diffused light transmission to the crops. Aluminet heat curtain protects against frost radiation and saves energy in heated structures due to its high reflectivity.

Over time, the Aluminet line has blossomed to over a dozen offerings, including a new Fire Retardant Energy Curtain, Aluminet ICFR. Green-Tek is proud of its over 20 year affiliation with this product, which is just as revolutionary now as it was when we launched it in North America so many years ago.

Aluminet: I or O?

When it changed the shade cloth market over twenty years ago, there was only one type of Aluminet available. Later, some growers reported a desire for a knit pattern that they felt would endure high winds more effectively. After some research, a new knit pattern was developed to answer this need. The original thought was to name this material Aluminet ‘O’, which meant for outdoor applications. The original Aluminet pattern received an ‘I’ designation for indoor applications. It was thought that this is how demand would dictate the two products.

To our surprise, while many growers switched to Aluminet ‘O’, many remained with the original knit pattern, even though both are used for outdoor applications. It turns out that the knit pattern of Aluminet ‘O’ leads to a product that has far more stretch in it that the ‘I’ product. While some growers found this to be a virtue, others appreciate the limited stretch properties of the original Aluminet ‘I’. Indeed, the demand for both types of open mesh Aluminet has evolved to a point where our sales of both knit patterns end up in outdoor applications 99% of the time. Again, both knit patterns are and have been used outdoors for years. It is important to note that the UV warranty for both products is the same.

For Indoor applications, we now recommend Aluminet IC.

So which is best for you?

Consider Aluminet I if you:

  • require tight size tolerances for your application
  • do not like a lot of stretchiness
  • require a tape and brass grommet finished border around your tarp
  • prefer the look of this knit pattern (an aesthetic judgment)

Consider Aluminet O if you:

  • want or do not mind considerable stretch
  • like to pull the raw unfinished product very tight and fasten with plastic grommets or shade pins
  • do not require tape and brass grommets, as they do not stretch with the material
  • prefer the look of this knit pattern

Aluminet I

Aluminet I – 40% Greenhouse Shade Cloth
Shade Percentage: 40-45%
Diffused Light Transmission: 72%

The net is designed especially for internal use to be spread permanently as a ceiling beneath greenhouse roofs, or to be installed as a moveable thermal screen. Used for light shading in a broad variety of crops.

The net prevents irradiation damage in plants and fruits and reduces heat in greenhouses during hot days.
Knitted in widths of up to 27.5 ft (8.4 m). Other widths are available upon request.

  • Available with drawstrings for suspended installations and movable screens
  • Flexible, light, strong and easy to spread
  • Recyclable and UV resistant

Technical Details

Shade percentage: 40-45%
UV resistance (years): 5
Maximum width (ft): 27.5
Direct light transmission: 55-60%
Diffused light transmission: 72%


Aluminet I

Aluminet I – 50% Greenhouse Shade Cloth
Shade Percentage: 50-55%
Diffused Light Transmission: 65%

The net is designed especially for internal use to be spread permanently as a ceiling beneath greenhouse roofs, or to be installed as a moveable thermal screen. For moderate shading in a broad variety of crops.

The net prevents irradiation damage in plants and fruits and reduces heat in greenhouses during hot days.
Knitted in widths of up to 27.5 ft (8.4 m). Other widths are available upon request.

  • Available with drawstrings for suspended installations and movable screens
  • Flexible, light, strong and easy to spread
  • Recyclable and UV resistant

Technical Details

Shade percentage: 50-55%
UV resistance (years): 5
Maximum width (ft): 27.5
Direct light transmission: 45-50%
Diffused light transmission: 65%


Aluminet I

Aluminet I – 60% Shade Cloth for Greenhouses or Retractable Thermal Screens
Shade Percentage: 60-65%
Diffused Light Transmission: 55%

The net is designed especially for internal use to be spread permanently as a ceiling beneath greenhouse roofs, or to be installed as a moveable thermal screen. Used in a broad variety of crops.

The net prevents irradiation damage in plants and fruits , reduces heat in greenhouses during hot days and is very efficient for energy conservation in winter.

The net is also used in poultry, cattle and fish-breeding installations.
Knitted in widths of up to 27.5 ft (8.4 m). Other widths are available upon request.

  • Available with drawstrings for suspended installations and movable screens
  • Flexible, light, strong and easy to spread
  • Recyclable and UV resistant

Technical Details

Shade percentage: 60-65%
UV resistance (years): 5
Maximum width (ft): 27.5
Direct light transmission: 35-40%
Diffused light transmission: 55%


Aluminet I

Aluminet I – 70% Greenhouse Shade Cloth for Variety of Crops
Shade Percentage: 70-75%
Diffused Light Transmission: 45%

The net is designed especially for internal use to be spread permanently as a ceiling beneath greenhouse roofs, or to be installed as a moveable thermal screen.

Used in a broad variety of crops.

The net prevents irradiation damage in plants and fruits, reduces heat in greenhouses during hot days and is very efficient for energy conservation in winter

Knitted in widths of up to 27.5 ft (8.4 m). Other widths are available upon request.

  • Available with drawstrings for suspended installations and movable screens
  • Flexible, light, strong and easy to spread
  • Recyclable and UV resistant

Technical Details

Shade percentage: 70-75%
UV resistance (years): 5
Maximum width (ft): 27.5
Direct light transmission: 25-30%
Diffused light transmission: 45%


Aluminet DB

Aluminet DB black 90% – For permanent and movable shade structures
Shade Percentage: 85-90%

A double layer net used to shade playgrounds, swimming pools and large open areas. Used for home pergolas, garden balconies, permanent and movable shade structures.

The net reduces temperatures by up to 8 degrees C and UV radiation by up to 95%, creating a pleasant climate.
To be installed with the reflective side facing upwards.

Knitted in widths of up to 13.7 ft (4.2 m). Other widths are available upon request.

  • Available with drawstrings for suspended installations and movable screens
  • Flexible, light, strong and easy to spread
  • Recyclable and UV resistant

Technical Details

Shade percentage: 85-90%
UV resistance (years): 4
Maximum width (ft): 13.7


Aluminet O

Aluminet O Minimal Shade Net
Shade Percentage: 30-35
Diffused Light Transmission: 79%

Perfect for minimal shading in a broad variety of crops. The net is designed for external coverage of shadehouses, tunnels and greenhouses, and for internal use to be spread permanently as a ceiling beneath a greenhouse roof, or to be installed as a movable thermal screen.

The net prevents irradiation damage in plants and fruits and reduces heat in greenhouses during hot days.

Knitted in widths of up to 32 ft (10 m)

  • Available with drawstrings for suspended installations and movable screens
  • Flexible, light, strong and easy to spread
  • Recyclable and UV resistant

Technical Details

Shade percentage: 30-35%
UV resistance (years): 4
Maximum width (ft): 32
Direct light transmission: 65-70%
Diffused light transmission: 79%


Aluminet O

Aluminet O – 40% Minimal Shading for External Coverage
Shade Percentage: 38-43%
Diffused Light Transmission: 70%

Perfect for minimal shading in a broad variety of crops.The net is designed especially for external coverage of shadehouses, to cover tunnels and for linked spreading above plastic covering greenhouse roofs

The net prevents irradiation damage in plants and fruits and reduces heat in greenhouses during hot days.

Knitted in widths of up to 32 ft (10 m)

  • Available with drawstrings for suspended installations and movable screens
  • Flexible, light, strong and easy to spread
  • Recyclable and UV resistant

Technical Details

Shade percentage: 38-43%
UV resistance (years): 4
Maximum width (ft): 32
Direct light transmission: 57-62%
Diffused light transmission: 70%


Aluminet O

Aluminet O – 50% Moderate Shade for External Coverage
Shade Percentage: 50-55%
Diffused Light Transmission: 60%

Moderate shading in a broad variety of crops. The net is designed especially for external coverage of shadehouses, tunnels and for linked spreading on plastic covering greenhouse roofs.

The net prevents irradiation damage in plants and fruits and reduces heat in greenhouses during hot days. Efficient for energy conservation in winter.

Knitted in widths of up to 32 ft (10 m). Other widths are available upon request.

  • Flexible, light, strong and easy to spread
  • Recyclable and UV resistant

Technical Details

Shade percentage: 50-55%
UV resistance (years): 4
Maximum width (ft): 32
Direct light transmission: 45-50%
Diffused light transmission: 60%


Aluminet O

Aluminet O – 60% Moderate Shade Cloth for Shadehouses, Tunnels or Crops
Shade Percentage: 58-63%
Diffused Light Transmission: 56%

Moderate shading in a broad variety of crops.The net is designed especially for external coverage of shadehouses, tunnels and for linked spreading on plastic covering greenhouse roofs.

The net prevents irradiation damage in plants and fruits and reduces heat in greenhouses during hot days. Efficient for energy conservation in the winter.

Knitted in widths of up to 26 ft (8 m). Other widths are available upon request.

  • Flexible, light, strong and easy to spread
  • Recyclable and UV resistant

Technical Details

Shade percentage: 58-63%
UV resistance (years): 4
Maximum width (ft): 26
Direct light transmission: 35-40%
Diffused light transmission: 56%


Aluminet O

Aluminet O – 70% Dense Shading for External Coverage
Shade Percentage: 70-75%
Diffused Light Transmission: 44%

Moderate shading in a broad variety of crops.The net is designed especially for external coverage of shadehouses, tunnels and for linked spreading on plastic covering greenhouse roofs.

The net prevents irradiation damage in plants and fruits and reduces heat in greenhouses during hot days. Efficient for energy conservation in the winter.

Knitted in widths of up to 26 ft (8 m). Other widths are available upon request.

  • Flexible, light, strong and easy to spread
  • Recyclable and UV resistant

Technical Details

Shade percentage: 70-75%
UV resistance (years): 4
Maximum width (ft): 26
Direct light transmission: 25-30%
Diffused light transmission: 44%


Aluminet O

Aluminet O – 80% Dense Shading for Poultry, Cattle and Fish-breeding
Shade Percentage: 73-83%
Diffused Light Transmission: 32%

Dense shading for a broad variety of crops.The net is designed especially for external coverage of shadehouses, tunnels and for linked spreading above plastic covering greenhouse roofs.

The net prevents irradiation damage in plants and fruits and reduces heat in greenhouses during hot days. Efficient for energy conservation in winter.

The net is also used in poultry, cattle and fish-breeding installations.

Knitted in widths of up to 26 ft (8 m). Other widths are available upon request.

  • Flexible, light, strong and easy to spread
  • Recyclable and UV resistant

Technical Details

Shade percentage: 78-83%
UV resistance (years): 4
Maximum width (ft): 26
Direct light transmission: 17-22%
Diffused light transmission: 32%