AWNING FABRICS OPTIONS: WHAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU?
Awning fabrics come in all shapes, sizes, and materials. Selecting the right material is about more than just considering your budget. The type of material you use can very likely save you money in the long run. Some of the materials awning fabrics are made of include: Vinyl, Acrylic, Polyester Vinyl Composite, Metal, and other natural materials.
If you are reading this blog, you probably are already aware that awnings are an important energy and money saving structure that most homes and businesses should have. The right choice of awning materials can reduce temperatures by 8-15 degrees. They can also reduce air conditioning costs up to 25 percent! Additionally, another major benefit of awnings is that they protect your family, employees, and your home or business from sun damage and ultra-violet rays.
Four Main Things to consider when purchasing an awning include:
- Light Resistance
- Size and Strength
The best material for your awning will depend on what you’re looking for. Here is a summary of some of the most common materials used in awning fabrics today:
The popular Vinyl and Polyester Composite fabrics are usually chosen for durability and the fact that most are water-proof. The vinyl fabric remains snug on the frame through time. Plus, it is inherently fire retardant. The material itself is light and flexible. The composites offer utility, resilience and give for both residential and commercial applications.
Acrylic fabrics are noted for their durability, much more so than traditional cotton blend canvases. Awnings made with acrylic fabrics feature an attractive design element and repel water, however they should not be considered to be water proof. Acrylic fabric awnings are ideal for homes located in in South Florida including the Stuart, Hobe Sound, Port St. Lucie and surrounding areas, because they resist mildew as well as wear and tear caused by ultraviolet light.
Some awning fabrics are coated with vinyl. Actual vinyl awnings are more translucent and can be heavier. They are also better at resisting mildew and ultraviolet light.
Some people may choose metal awnings which provide high durability. However, metal awnings need a lot of maintenance because of their tendency to rust. Metal awnings are also easily damaged. They are heavier and more costly too. In the South Florida sun, they can also work like a heat magnet. The architectural appeal is interesting, but they are less versatile and desirable than traditional fabric awnings.
Finally, awnings made from natural materials like wood and canvas can be used for awnings too. Natural materials are less expensive, but unfortunately they can be easily damaged and tend to fall apart fairly quickly over time. Additionally, natural fiber awnings need to be replaced more often than the acrylic or vinyl, or vinyl polyester composites.
One other point to consider when purchasing an awning is the ability of your provider to deliver specifications that fit your budget. C and C Canvas does just that and offers custom engineered fabric products specified to your specific needs.
In summation, selecting a good awning can save you on energy costs, reduce sun damage to your home and furnishings, as well as help to protect the people you care ab out. C and C Canvas and Awnings will give you a variety of options, all of which are made using high-quality processes. If you’re looking for topnotch quality and want to be sure your large upfront investment will pay off over time, C and C Canvas & Awnings has options you want.
Call C & C Canvas and Awnings at 772-221-8847 in Stuart. Whether you live in Stuart, Palm City, Sewalls Point, Golden Gate, Jensen Beach, Port Salerno, Port St. Lucie, Hobe Sound, Jupiter, Tequesta, Palm Beach Gardens, or North Palm Beach FL, we are available to discuss all your shading options today.