Average Lifespan of an Awning

You have a variety of awning options for your home or business. So, how do you choose? One important consideration is durability and longevity. Review the average lifespan of some common awning materials to help you narrow down your choices.

Fabric Awnings: Vinyl, Canvas, and Acrylic

Canvas is the most popular material for awnings and typically lasts for about 8 to 10 years when maintained properly. Vinyl is less resilient, so the lifespan of this material is shorter at about 5 to 7 years. Acrylic is a more durable woven fabric. This reliable option can last about 8 to 12 years.

Pipe Frame Awnings

These awnings offer great durability. We fabricate ours from lightweight, high-grade steel or aluminum. These materials make them far less impervious to weather and common wear-and-tear than fabric awnings. Because of this, they can last many, many years – often a lifetime.

Types of Awnings

The canopy model you choose has an influence on lifespan, as well.

Fixed/Stationary Awnings

The average lifespan of these canopies is impacted by the material used. However, one advantage of choosing a fixed awning is clear – no moving parts means less chance of breakage or breakdown. This can help extend the life of your canopy.

Retractable Awnings / Motorized Awnings

Retractable awnings are subject to more wear-and-tear than stationary canopies, due to repeated expansion and retraction. Additionally, mechanical product eventually break down – a pivotal consideration when looking at motorized retractable options. However, by retracting your awning during extreme weather and poor climate conditions, you’re protecting the canopy material from the elements, which can help extend the life of your awning.

Bear in mind that weather, climate, material choice, product quality, professional installation, and upkeep all play a role in how long your awning will last. So, to ensure maximum longevity, choose a reputable company with a history of manufacturing quality products and offering reliable service. That’s Universal Awning & Sign!

Whether you want a canopy for your home, business or both, call on us for custom-built awnings to meet your needs. Count on function, impact, and craftsmanship with Universal Awning & Sign. Call 407-328-7781 today!