What Fabric Choices are best for Awnings

We think awnings are one of the best investments you can make for your home, given the huge variety of ways they can make your everyday lives easier. Whether you want to extend your outdoor living space, or you want to protect your house from the hot summer sun, awnings can do it all! However, if you want to keep seeing these benefits for years to come, then it’s critical you use awnings with fabrics that are designed to stand the test of time. As they are exposed to the harsh Australian elements all year round, durability is just as important as appearance. If you’re wondering which fabric is best for you, you’ve come to the right place.

Acrylic

This is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a fabric that will increase your privacy levels and decrease the amount of natural light in your home and al fresco living area. Designed specifically for our harsh Australian sun, it provides an excellent shade factor wherever it’s used – from standard awnings to the straight drop or channel style.

Canvas

Traditional and hardwearing, this awning fabric has been used for decades around the country, and it’s easy to see why! Best for maximum light control, canvas offers a high level of shade and can withstand almost all-weather conditions. Not only that, it’s also UV and mould resistant, meaning it will stand the test of time with ease.

Mesh

Perfect for those who are looking for light and air flow whilst reducing glare, mesh is a far more transparent option than the previous two fabrics. However, it’s also UV and mould resistant, so it’s still a great choice for a range of uses.

Things to Keep in Mind

It isn’t just the fabric that can have an impact on the effectiveness of the awnings, there are other factors to be aware of too:

             Colour

The colour of your awning fabric can actually have a huge impact on the way it protects you from the sun. Dark colours such as blacks and greys – which are incredibly popular at the moment – tend to absorb the heat whilst reducing the sun’s glare; whilst light bounces off sunlight and back into your property. This may not be ideal if your awnings drop down as an outdoor wall, as the rest of your backyard may experience glare.  

             Transparency

The transparency of the awning fabric that you select should be based on the finish you want to achieve – which is why not all materials are offer the same level of opacity. We recommend a fairly transparent fabric if you want to increase your privacy without reducing the natural light in your outdoor area, or an incredibly thick material if you want to protect your home from harsh sunlight.

As you can see, when investing in quality awnings it’s important to invest in a premium awning fabric to match – otherwise, the entire unit simply won’t stand the test of time. If you’re wondering which materials will suit your needs, be it reducing glare and adding privacy, or offering protection from the elements, or even a combination of the two, speak with our friendly team today. We can help you choose the best window coverings for your lifestyle, and we’ll happily come to you for an obligation free quote!