Changing your Awning Fabrics: Why it Matters & Saves you Money

April 24, 2018

​Let’s talk about awning fabrics, what they are, why it matters when it comes to quality, and the other small details we often don’t think about when we’re purchasing this energy saving shade structure. 

PictureCabana with Curtains

​Awning fabrics come in various materials, colors, and styles. The quality of the fabric you use and choose is important. Whether you decide on an acrylic, vinyl, polyvinyl composite, canvas, or other material, you should do your research. Some fabrics are not coated to withstand the elements including UV Rays. Some textiles, however, like Sunbrella or Trivantage, or PolyFab fabrics are. Quality textiles are made to last and include things like mold and mildew resistance, UV ray protection, waterproofing, tear resistance, and warranties that back up those features.

PictureRetractable Awning

​So, when you’re thinking about an awning fabric and changing it from a low-quality textile to a higher quality material, and you’re weighing the costs, remember, it’s worth it in the long run. For example, if you install a cheap vinyl fabric that might cost about $200 for around 50 square feet, instead of the quality fabric that might cost $300, you will be replacing that cheaper fabric faster than you might think. Here’s why:
Cheaper Fabrics can degrade faster, rip, tear, and become unsightly because they are not made to last. Cheaper fabrics don’t have the extra coatings that make the fabric last years. You might have to replace that $200 fabric in one year. But, if you go with that quality fabric for $300, you get a warranty (often it’s up to two-years by the supplier) and it lasts for two to -three years. You’re saving yourself $200 in fabric costs plus the replacement installation costs. 

PictureHarajuku Awning

​When you start thinking about commercial buildings and the size of those awnings, using a quality fabric is important as well. You don’t want to interrupt your business with the inconvenience of construction every year because you have a cheap awing fabric. You want that textile to last and using a high-quality fabric is the first step in making sure you’re not just making a good investment, but saving money. 

​Now that you know a little more about changing your awning fabrics and how it can save you in the long run, let us know how we can help you with your next shade structure project. For more information about awnings and other shade structures, feel free to contact us at American Awning & Blind Co. by visiting us at (Our California Contractors License is #999050). Or give us a call at 800-654-5933. You can also email us at