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Picking the Right Awning Fabric

When it comes time to decide the specifics for your residential or commercial awning, there are many decisions to be made that can all impact the lifespan and durability of the finished product. What types of fabrics are available for your outdoor awning and how can you choose the right one?

First Things First, Know Why You Are Getting an Awning

Before you can worry about what fabric is right for your outdoor awning, you need to decide exactly why you are getting the awning and what type of area you live in. What types of weather are common where you live? Will the outdoor awning need to stand up to high levels of direct sunlight? Do you frequently have rain or foggy, damp days? Come February, are piles and piles of snow heaped on your area? The weather that the awning needs to stand up to should be heavily considered when choosing what fabric is right for you.

Acrylic Fabric

Acrylic fabrics for outdoor awnings are much more durable than traditional cotton canvas material. Acrylic fabric awnings can repel a certain amount of water, but they are not officially waterproof. They can be made with a variety of colors and patterns, offering you many options if you want to get creative. Acrylic fabric awnings stand up very well to humidity, so they are a particularly good option for Maryland homeowners and business owners. They can resist mildew and damage from direct sunlight over the years as well.


Canvas is a popular material for awnings, but it does not always fare the best over time or in areas that have a lot of weather. They are less expensive but they damage easily and can require repair or replacement much sooner than other fabric options. Natural awnings made of canvas, even in areas without much weather or wear and tear, will still need to be replaced more frequently than awnings made of most other materials.

Have more questions about awnings? Contact Eclipse Shading Systems today!