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Before you can benefit from the energy savings, weather protection and aesthetic appeal that awnings can provide, the right fabric must be chosen.

Here are five key factors to keep in mind when choosing an awning fabric for your Burlington, Ontario property:

 

The Weather

Here in Burlington, our summers are hot, and our springs are wet. Your awning should protect you from the weather elements without discolouring or ripping prematurely.

Darker coloured awnings absorb more heat and can make your outdoor living space warmer. Instead, choose a light coloured fabric that will reflect the harmful, hot UV rays. Although an awning should be stored in inclement weather, there may be times that it is left extended. Durable, water-resistant, lightweight and humidity-friendly acrylic fabrics can help prevent damage from happening.

Although great for commercial terraces due to their ability to completely prevent water penetration, vinyl awning fabrics trap heat and provide less air circulation.

The Property

It can be tempting to get overly creative with your fabric choice. But before you settle on a pattern, consider your awning’s size and the building it will be attached to.

Fabric stripes and blocks should be matched to the building size; if you have a smaller structure, check out patterns that feature small stripes or blocks and vice versa for larger structures. Lots of angles in your roofline? Keep the awning colour solid versus choosing a pattern.

The architectural style of the building also plays a factor. Contemporary styles benefit from scalloped edges and wave patterns, whereas traditional styles will look best with a fabric with clean lines.

Try your best to choose a pattern that complements your existing deck or patio furniture design.

The Moisture

Anything that gets constantly wet is at risk of developing mould and mildew. Awning fabric is no different! Once mould and mildew develop, fabric damage is not far behind.

To provide resistance to this unsightly damage and to prevent potential health hazards, install an awning fabric that is mould and mildew resistant. Acrylic is a great option!

The Maintenance

There’s already a lot of maintenance that you need to complete outside. Why add a high maintenance awning to your to-do list?

Vinyl-based awnings are known for their easy maintenance and ability to shed water. Whatever residue is left behind can be easily sprayed with water.

Similarly, acrylic cloth awnings are easy to care for, too. Lukewarm water and soft soap can quickly combat any dirt buildup.

To keep your awning in the best condition and to prevent dirt from becoming embedded, hose off the fabric with clean water once per month.

Natural materials such as cotton are the most labour intensive to maintain and keep in great condition.

Ready to reap the many benefits of having an installed awning at your Burlington home or business? The team at Jans Awning Products would love to show you the many fabric options in person. Contact our showroom today to learn more!

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