The fabric of an awning can make or break the overall style and performance. It’s essential, therefore, to choose the right awning fabric for your needs.
Our premium quality Weinor Awnings are available in a range of over 200 awning fabrics, so we’re confident you’ll find one that suits your individual taste and style. Spinneret dyeing methods ensure every single fibre is full of colour to prevent fading and damage from the sun, and nanotech fabric finishes keep your awning looking spectacular for longer.
So, if you want the perfect awning for your outdoor space, here’s our guide to choosing the best awning fabric…
Types of Awning Fabrics
- Polyester – Best Fabric for Large Awnings >
- Acrylic – Best Fabric for Frequently Used Awnings >
- Dark Colours – Best Awning Fabric for Leafy Areas >
- Bright Colours – Best Fabric for Awnings in Hot Spaces >
- Spinneret Dyes – Best for Vivid Colours >
- Sewn Seams – Best for Durability >
- Teflon – Best Awning Fabric for Weather Protection >
Best Fabric for Large Awnings
The larger your awning, the higher the risk of fabric dropping or bellowing. To prevent sagging on a large awning, we suggest you choose a polyester based fabric which is stiffer in form than acrylic. Polyester has “memory” qualities which allows it to retain its form under tension and so lies taut for longer.
Best Fabric for Frequently Used Awnings
If you intend to use your awning frequently, an acrylic based awning material is a fantastic choice. Acrylic fabrics hold their colour for longer and are more resistant to fading. Acrylic awnings are ideal for commercial properties or where the awning will be opened daily.
Best Awning Fabric for Leafy Areas
If your awning will be surrounded by lots of trees or foliage, you might want to choose a darker fabric that will better hide leaf residue, pollen, soot and bird droppings. The same applies for awnings in more urban areas where city pollution might make the awning fabric appear dirty more quickly.
Best Fabric for Awnings in Hot Spaces
If you want to create extra protection from the sun, choose bright, shiny fabrics that will help to reflect some of the light away from your outdoor space but still allow enough sunshine to penetrate through and create a well lit and airy area. Just bear in mind that lighter colours will appear dirtier more quickly so they will require a bit more upkeep over time.
Best for Vivid Colours
All of our Weinor awning fabrics are coloured using a process called spinneret dyeing. This involves dyeing the fibres before they are spun into yarn rather than dyeing the fabric once it has been woven. This gives a much greater depth of colour and your awning will look better for longer.
Best for Durability
Awning fabrics are made up of several panels which are joined to create the desired width of the awning. Over the years it has been proven that sewn awning seams last longer than glued ones and the risk of ripples along the seam is lower. Choose a thread that is the same colour of the fabric for an almost invisible seam. Some people worry that rainwater could penetrate through the seam holes, but this is very unlikely – when tilted at 14 degrees, rainwater will simply run off the awning and minuscule particles of dirt will actually fill the holes soon after installation.
Best Awning Fabric for Weather Protection
An awning fabric with water-repellent properties is essential to prolonging the life of your awning fabric as it allows water to run off rather than soak in and cause mildew or mould to form. Look out for a Teflon fabric finish for ultimate protection from dirt, water and UV rays. All of our Weinor awning fabrics have a protective coating called Hi-Clean which guards the fabric against water and dirt.
Find Out More
Choosing the right fabric for your awning is key to creating the best possible shading solution for your home, garden or commercial property. If you would like more advice on which awning fabric would best suit your shading needs, please get in touch to talk to one of our friendly awning experts.