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Which Awning Fabric Is Best For You?

Posted on Thursday, March 29th, 2018 at 8:59 pm.

Each awning fabric has its own advantages and come in a variety of different styles!

You have finally decided to invest in an awning for your home or business. This is a great investment, but you still have a few more decisions to make. One of those is which awning fabric you will choose to use. There are three common types of fabrics: Vinyl, Acrylic, and Shade Cloth, each with their own great advantages. Here is some information on the common types of awning fabric to help you decide which is best for you.


This awning fabric is known to be very strong, quick to dry, and wrinkle resistant. This makes it great for withstanding those harsh weather conditions and keeping your building protected. This material is typically made to be translucent, the lighter colors more so than the darker ones. They are resistant to UV rays, mildew, and water. Vinyl awnings are recommended for areas with high humidity because of their resistance to the rays of the sun. This awning fabric is available in a variety of different designs and patterns.


This material is considered to be more upscale, which means it will typically cost you a little more. An acrylic fabric has a softness to it that creates a more subtle look. This awning fabric is also resistant to UV rays, mildew, and water, which makes it good for withstanding the weather conditions as well. What sets acrylic fabric apart from the rest is the fact that the colors are added while the fiber is in a semi liquid state, which will keep the color from fading or washing out over time. This material can have some shrinkage when it gets cold and stretchiness when it’s hot.

Shade Cloth

This awning fabric is probably the most versatile out of the three. This is because it is designed specifically for the need of the particular awning and surrounding area. Shade cloth awnings can be made to have high outdoor tension and be weather resistant like the others, or it can be made with non UV coated mesh that’s designed more for the interior. There are a variety of different brands and colors to choose from as well.

Trust The Experts At Carroll Awning Company

Ready to get the perfect awning for your apartment building, business, or home? Carroll Awning Company has the expertise and equipment to make and install the perfect residential or commercial awning to give your home or business an even cooler exterior. We can design, create, and install custom canopies and awnings all year long. For a free estimate and to get started designing your dream awning, give us a call at 1-800-999-5617 or visit us online. To see examples of our work, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.

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