Installing awnings in your home presents you with multiple benefits. For starters, the awnings ensure that you can have a comfortable exterior space wherever you choose around your house. Second, depending on your choice of the awnings, you can reduce the thermal gain in your home, as the shade they provide adds a makeshift insulating barrier against that particular wall they are installed on. Third, your awnings can make an aesthetic statement on your property, which immediately improves on the kerb appeal of your residence. When considering awnings for your home, you will find fabric awnings are the top choice for a majority of homeowners. But which do you choose? Here are three different types of fabric awnings that you can consider.
Made from cotton, canvas is one of the most common fabric awnings on the market. This fabric is considered a classic since it is one of the original materials used to manufacture these shelters. Additionally, canvas awnings are not harmful to the environment, especially when compared to other materials used for the production of awnings. Nonetheless, there are a few notable drawbacks of canvas. This material will not stand weathering as well as its other awning fabric counterparts will, which means you may have to replace it after some time. In addition to this, canvas is absorbent, which means the fabric can become stained over time. Failure to spot clean it routinely will depreciate its appearance.
This fabric may be synthetic, but it offers a host of advantages for your house. One huge benefit of vinyl is that it is fire retardant, making it perfect for bush-fire prone areas in Australia. Vinyl fabric is also quite light without sacrificing its durability, making these awnings easy to install and long lasting. This type of awning is also moisture resistant, which means it is not at risk of developing mould in a humid area and neither is it vulnerable to precipitation. The main thing to be wary of when you opt for vinyl awnings is that they are not too flexible. Therefore, they could develop tears when installed in windy locations.
Another synthetic material that is commonly employed for the manufacture of fabric awnings is acrylic. While this material looks familiar to cotton canvas awnings, it is much more durable. Acrylic awnings are also quite breathable, making them perfect for humid areas that can become quite congested. But even while they are breathable, they remain water resistant and mould resistant too. It is essential, however, for you to have the acrylic awnings treated on occasion for them to retain their ability to repel water since this fabric is not waterproof.