· Some retardants stop or disrupt a fire from starting by preventing or delaying flames from igniting. Basically, the chemical prevents a fire from flaring up.
· Other retardants coat the fabric so that it is insulated and the fire can’t penetrate to the fabric and thus burn it.
· Retardants are used on the top or bottom of a textile and in awnings, usually the whole fabric is treated to be flame retardant.
The importance of a flame retardant fabric in an awning is multifaceted. Some of those reasons include preventing a fire from starting, stopping the spread of a fire, and ensuring that a fire won’t break out while your awning is out in the sun. Remember, before you purchase and install an awning, make sure the fabric in it is fire retardant as well as UV ray resistant.