How to Choose Awning Fabric for Your Outdoor Space

Published On: April 22, 2019|Categories: Awnings|

Adding an awning to your home has many tangible benefits. It can enhance your home’s outward visual appeal and also increase the resale value of the property because it sets your home apart from the rest.


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Adding an awning is a very inexpensive way to extend the exterior living space of your home while offering maximum protection from the sun’s harsh rays. An awning can add charm and personality to your home and transform a plain façade into something special.

When an awning is strategically placed on your home, you create sustainable savings by lowering cooling costs. These savings occur by blocking and/or reducing the amount of solar heat and UV radiation that traditionally gets absorbed; thereby, reducing the amount of energy it takes to cool your home. Your return on investment accrues over time because you have an attractive and controllable way to manage your interior cooling expenses.

Considerations for Fabric Choice

Choosing the fabric is the fun part and should complement the interior and exterior of your home. Sunbrella fabrics have Teflon woven right into the fabric to make them water and mold resistant, so whatever pattern or colour you choose, you know it will last.

Here are a few of the most common decisions that need to be talked about when it comes to awning fabric choice and installation:

  • You can use the awning fabric colour to blend with your deck furnishing or pull out accents to accentuate your trim colour. A contrasting colour doesn’t have to be loud to be effective. Subtle changes in colour help to create a relaxing effect.
  • If there is nature around you, natural tones are going to look great. If you want the exterior of your home to stand out in your neighbourhood, there are also lots of bold colours to choose from.
  • Choosing the right style of awning will help keep the appearance of your home balanced and pleasing to the eye.  The style of your home is the deciding factor for awning fabrics. If you have a traditional style, you’ll want to match that with clean lines. If you have a lot of angles in your roofline, choosing a solid colour will look better than introducing a pattern. You can always dress it up by selecting a complementing valance. If you have a contemporary style home, it may lend itself to other design elements such as scalloped edges or wave patterns.
  • Awnings are made out of a variety of materials including canvas, vinyl, resin, aluminum or galvanized steel. The material the awning is made of can determine how effective it is at protecting the windows or how much light is allowed into the home.
  • An Awning can be customized by colour, style and material. You can have ornate awnings built to your specific requirements, including colour, material, size and style. When a basic template is used, awnings can be designed that account for odd sized windows. They can be made in specific colours using the material you want.


Once you have made your awning choices, your awning installation professional will be ready to attach the awning and accompanying hardware to your home. The awning will be secured so that you don’t have to worry. The installation professional will also make sure that the awning they offer will fit in completely to the intended area.

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