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What Different Types Of Fabrics Are Available?

The three readily available fabrics for awnings are acrylic, canvas, and vinyl.  Each comes with its own pros and cons.

Acrylic Awnings

This synthetic material is a quality, luxury fabric.  To the touch, the acrylic fabric feels like wool. It is moisture-wicking and water-repellant.  It is the best choice if you don’t want the dyed color to fade.  

Acrylic awnings are excellent choices for those who want the same appearance years after it was installed or who will keep it extended indefinitely. You can even get help from the installation expert for residential & commercial retractable awnings installation in Phoenix AZ.

Out of the three, acrylic awnings are known as a luxury fabric because they can cost up to ten times the cost of canvas awnings.

Canvas Awnings

Canvas is made from cotton, hemp, or linen, becoming woven linen.  The preferred method of classifying canvas is by ounces per square yard.  The heavier the fabric, the more material is used which increased the cost.  The heavier canvas is sturdier, allowing it to weather wind, snow, and hail.

Unfortunately, canvas awnings need clear varnish reapplied regularly or it will result in mold, mildew, or even rot.  Further, canvas awnings will fade over time due to sun exposure.

Vinyl Awnings

This type of acrylic weighs in at 18 ounces per square yard, similar to heavier canvas weights.  This synthetic material is pliable and flexible, while also being flame retardant, water-resistant, and mildew resistant.

As vinyl awnings have several layers, their main drawback is cost with it being roughly three times the price of the same-sized canvas awning.  They also have limited ability to allow air to pass through or to dry properly.  This can make these awnings feel a bit stuffy and not as cool as other materials available.