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How Long Do Awning Fabrics Last?

How Long Do Awning Fabrics Last?

They say you get what you pay for — and awnings are no exception. If you want awnings that are long lasting and resilient against harsh weather, you need to invest in premium quality. 

Luxury awning fabrics should last around 15 years if properly cleaned and cared for, but this number may vary depending on a few different factors. If you’re in the market for an awning and want to get the most from your investment, you’re in the right place. In this article, we take a look at the most important considerations for making your awning last.

How long do awnings last?


What factors will affect the longevity of an awning fabric?

Outershade makes every awning bespoke to the customer’s requirements. This includes the customer’s choice of fabric and treatment.

Not all fabrics are equally resilient. When you decide on which fabric to use, keep in mind that some may last longer than others.

The majority of customers will choose either canvas, polyester, acrylic or vinyl for their awning fabrics. All of their own advantages, though acrylic and vinyl fabrics tend to last the longest with proper care thanks to their outstanding durability and weather resistance.

High-quality awning fabrics tend to be coated to provide additional protection against the elements. Teflon coating, for example, is often applied to acrylic awning fabrics to make them waterproof. This will prevent water damage and the growth of mould and mildew.


How to make your awning fabric last

To get the most out of your awning fabric, always follow these tips:


Clean your awning fabric regularly

A regular cleaning routine will reduce the buildup of dirt and debris. If you leave debris to accumulate on your awning it will wear out the fabric and may cause rips. A simple hose down of your awning fabric once a month will be enough to prevent this issue,

Use suitable cleaning agents

Never use harsh cleaning agents on your awnings, as these only end up degrading the fabric and reducing its lifespan. Warm soapy water and a soft-bristled brush is usually enough to give the fabric a good clean. 

Store your awnings safely

Store your awnings in a dry, indoor space during periods where you’re not using them. Try to make sure the space is clean so that the awning doesn’t get dusty.

Have professionals install your awnings

Professionals will ensure your awning isn’t damaged during installation and the awning is positioned away from any hazards. Professional installers have the necessary tools and experience to take down and install your awnings with precision and care. 

Make repairs to your awning as needed

If you find a small rip in your awning fabric, don’t put off the repairs. A small rip may not be such an issue but can quickly turn into a much larger problem. Examine your awning regularly for any damage and make the necessary repairs as soon as possible.

Choose high-quality awnings

High-quality awning fabrics are more resistant to damage, weathering and are typically coated to prevent mould and mildew from forming. Though low-quality fabrics may be cheaper, they’re also far more likely to need repairs or replacements over the same amount of time that a high-quality fabric might last. 


Choose quality awnings

Outershade is a leading supplier of luxury awnings throughout London and the home counties, including Surrey, Hertfordshire and more. All our awnings are made bespoke to your requirements using the highest-quality materials. You can customise your awning fabric in thousands of design combinations to make your awning your own. Get a long-lasting, customised awning from the industry’s best with Outershade.

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