Outdoor awnings offer numerous benefits to any home. They extend your usable living space by providing shade on hot summer days, protect your home and guests from wind and rain. They can improve energy efficiency, which is both cost-effective and environmentally friendly. Classic awnings have often been made from wood, cotton canvas, or metal, but more modern awnings are made of far more diverse, low maintenance, and durable awning fabric. Read on to learn more about the different types of awning fabric and find your perfect fit.
Acrylic Awning Fabric
Acrylic and acrylic coated synthetic fabrics are capable of holding up much longer than the traditional canvas used for old school awnings. These have the added benefits of repelling water and reducing fading. For your awning, you can choose from amongst 100% acrylic fabric, polyester coated with acrylic, and cotton-polyester fabric blends with an acrylic coating. Uncoated polyester is, however, not the best choice, as this type of awning fabric is very vulnerable to sun damage. Acrylic-coated polyester awning fabric, on the other hand, is generally opaque, durable, and works very well in areas with high humidity and strong sunlight.
Vinyl Awning Fabric
Awning fabric can also be vinyl coated. These are heavier, but more translucent than acrylic coated awning fabrics, which makes them ideal for illuminated or backlit awnings. This type of awning fabric is available in fewer styles and colors than acrylic fabric.
Aluminum and steel awnings were extremely prevalent from the 1950’s through the 1970’s. This low-maintenance awning can be painted easily to match any property. These, however, are more high maintenance than fabric awnings and require regular repainting in order to prevent unsightly rust. If you want to change your awning color regularly, this is an excellent choice.
Fiberglass Awning Fabric
Fiberglass awnings are a lighter alternative to metal but do not offer the same flexibility, as these awnings are made with the color in the material. These can be opaque or somewhat translucent, but are susceptible to wear and tear over time. Fiberglass can become brittle and crack and require replacement.
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