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Awning Materials: What to Consider When Making Your Choice

Posted on Thursday, June 16th, 2022 at 10:03 am.
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Consider these factors before selecting your best awning materials.

When you design your new awnings with Carroll Architectural Shade, one of the major choices to make is which awning material to use. To find the best material or fabric for your awnings, you will want to consider factors like durability, water resistance, and UV protection. The location of your property and the purpose of your awning will also help you determine the best awning materials. Are you ready to create your ideal awnings? Carefully consider the following factors to find your best fit. 

Cleanable Fabrics

Do you want a fabric that is machine washable? Or maybe you want to make sure that the awning material is easy to spot clean. You will want to consider how easy it is to clean the material and how much time you have to clean the awning before making your choice. 

UV and Sunlight Protection 

You will also want to consider whether your awning materials provide UV protection. An awning that blocks UV rays will keep customers under the awning protected and protect furniture and belongings from sun damage and fading. 

Water Resistance 

Extreme moisture can damage your awning, so you want to make sure you install awning materials with reliable water resistance. Maryland seasons can see lots of wet weather, so it may be important to consider how rain, snow, and humidity can affect your awnings. 


The durability of your awning often depends on the awning materials. When designing your awning with Carroll Architectural Shade, consider how durable you need your awning to be. For instance, an aluminum carport awning should be very durable so it can effectively protect your vehicle. Our experienced professionals can recommend the best materials. 

Weather and Climate

The climate and typical weather of your setting are other important factors that can’t be ignored. Consider factors like:

  • Humidity
  • Rainfall
  • Wind

These elements, in particular, can affect awnings, and certain materials may be more vulnerable to damage by wind or humidity.  

When you take these considerations into account, you can design the best new awnings for your property and ensure that they last for years into the future. 


Through our combined locations in Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., Carroll Architectural Shade provides innovative craftsmanship, superb service, competitive pricing, and unfailing attention to detail for customers throughout Maryland and Virginia.

Our highly skilled craftsmen design and custom manufacture shade products in-house, including commercial awnings, residential awnings, retractable awnings, roll-up curtains, aluminum awnings, and flat metal canopies. Founded in 1958 by James Carroll Sr., and still family-owned by his sons today, Carroll Architectural Shade remains committed to delivering top-quality craftsmanship and service.

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