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What Are Awnings Made Of?

Awnings are the perfect solution for homeowners seeking more comfortable and attractive outdoor living spaces, added home value and improved energy efficiency. From simple manual crank models to intricate, advanced motorized models with weather detection technology, awnings are available in a variety of types, materials and styles to best suit your budget and daily needs. Traditional awnings were often crafted from wood, metals and cotton canvas, while more modern versions of awnings are constructed from materials like vinyl and aluminum for long-term use, long-lasting attractiveness and superior durability.

Awning Materials

When searching for a new awning for your home, there are several materials it can be constructed from. This determines the overall look and durability of your awning. The following awning materials are available for crafting modern retractable awnings.

1. Acrylic

Acrylic materials and acrylic coatings are durable, attractive and versatile awning materials. The main benefit of this material is that it lasts longer than traditional canvas. With acrylic fabric or coatings, your awning experiences less fading and repels water. Homeowners typically have several acrylic material options, including:

  • Acrylic fabrics
  • Polyester fabrics coated with acrylic
  • Cotton-polyester blends with acrylic coats

For the best effect and protection, it’s necessary for your awning to feature an acrylic coating. Without one, your material will have no protection against harmful elements and it will eventually mildew, become damaged and fade. Acrylic materials are typically more opaque and heavier than other fabrics and it’s best suited for areas of high humidity because it resists moisture and UV damage extremely well.

2. Vinyl

In addition to acrylic and acrylic coatings, homeowners can also choose to have their awnings coated with vinyl. Vinyl-coated materials are a bit heavier than acrylic materials, but they have excellent resistance in areas with sustained high-humidity levels. Vinyl materials have a higher translucency, too, which makes for a decorative statement in areas with backlighting or illumination.
Vinyl-coated polyester is a great solution for resisting high humidity and can resist UV light as well as mildew, but this material is a bit less effective in areas with extremely high humidity levels. Before selecting vinyl fabrics for your awning, it’s also important to note that vinyl materials, compared to acrylic fabrics, are only available in limited styles and colors.

3. Metal

Metal materials, like steel and aluminum, are traditionally a more common material for awnings, particularly in the 1950s through the 1970s. These materials were popular with many homeowners because they could be painted to match the exterior of the home and required little overall maintenance.
Metal awnings can present some tricky maintenance for homeowners. Steel construction will require frequent repainting to ensure rust and corrosion will not be an issue, and aluminum can become damaged or dented easily. Metal awning materials may also need more thorough and frequent cleaning than other material options, particularly if they have decorative features like molded ridges that could collect dirt that will overall affect the quality of the material.

4. Fiberglass

Fiberglass constructed awnings are the modern answer to traditional metal awnings. Overall, this material is lighter than steel or aluminum awnings. However, over time, fiberglass awnings may need to be replaced because the material can become brittle or crack. With fiberglass construction, color is molded with the material, which will reduce the amount of future maintenance required, but will also reduce the amount of customization available to you.

5. Natural Materials

For added aesthetic appeal, natural materials like wood or fiber canvas awnings are popular with many buildings and homeowners. These materials are attractive and relatively inexpensive compared to fiberglass or metal but will need more maintenance to keep their appearance. Replacing these natural materials will also be a common chore for homeowners, with replacement likely to occur ever five to seven years. With these natural materials, like wood and raw canvas, it’s also important to note that they have no fire retardance and can be an increased fire risk throughout areas where wildfires are common.

Call Liberty Door and Awning to Explore Your Awning Material Options Today

Since 1968, Liberty Door and Awning have been the most trusted, reliable and knowledgeable awning installation experts throughout New Jersey. We’re a family-owned company offering the most attractive, durable and functional awnings for homeowners throughout the Ocean, Atlantic and Middlesex counties and beyond.
At Liberty Door and Awning, we have a wide selection of outdoor awnings available in a variety of materials to enhance your home’s aesthetic, add value and comfort, protect your furnishings and increase your overall energy efficiency. Our awnings can be customized to fit your style for any home or apartment outdoor space, and all of our awnings are crafted from materials to best suit your budget and daily needs.
Schedule awning design and installation services today by completing our online contact form or by calling (732) 286-3667 to speak to a team member.

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