Contracting Materials: How it Works

June 5, 2017

​When it comes to finding the right contractor, it takes some research. But once you have the contractor you want for your next job, it’s time to think about the finer details. What does that mean?
Contractors work with your project plans, designs, and needs. You have the right to ask for certain things, including what kind of materials are used in your project. For example, in an awning installation, you have the right to ask for certain materials to be used. For instance, awnings come in various types and the frames can be created with steel, aluminum, or other materials. 


​Before construction starts on your project, you can hash out the details on the material types and costs. In fact, you should be as detailed as possible so that you know the awning/project you’re having done is up to your standards. Remember, if you don’t dictate to your contractor the materials you want to use, they can install as they see fit. Also, remember, you should have a couple of options in terms of materials, just in case one is not available. 


​This also means you should be thinking about the fabric of your awning or project. The quality of the textile of a project is essential. Some fabrics are not created to withstand the elements as well as others and that means your awning/project will fade, rip, or come apart faster. So, do your due diligence, research what kind of fabric is best for your project and the environment it’s in. 


​Once you know what materials you want in your project, talk to your contractor and put it in writing. This ensures both parties are held responsible for the project. Keep in mind, you also want to set a budget with your material costs. If you only have so much you want to spend, this may also limit the types of materials you can use for your project. So, before you forge ahead, make sure you know your budget. After all, your home or business deserves the best and getting the right materials, look, and feel the first time around will save you in the long run. 

​Now that you know a little more about contracting materials, feel free to contact us at American Awning & Blind Co. for more information by visiting us at Or call us at 800-654-5933. You can also email us at