If the fabric on your awning gets stained by the elements, in most situations, it can be cleaned with a light brushing and dish soap. Fabric with severe stains can be treated with vinegar or bleach (make sure to follow manufacturer recommendations) or can be sent out to be professionally cleaned.
Awning support frames are manufactured using either galvanized (rust proof) steel or aluminum. The frames of most awnings will typically last a lifetime. Fasteners, connections and the overall metal condition of the awning frame should be check at least once per year (or twice per year if near the coast). Frames can have a finish added for additional protection.
A permit for the installation of your awning may be required by either the city or your HOA (Home Owners Association). Some areas or communities have certain regulations that may apply to size and color. It’s always a good idea to check before having an awning installed.
In a study by the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association it was found that fabric awnings can lower cooling costs in Florida by as much as 20%. “The significance of this type of energy savings extends beyond reduced home expenses,” said Joe Huang, president of White Box Technology, who conducted the study. “When numerous homeowners in a community reduce their energy use, there is less demand for energy during peak usage, resulting in overall savings to utility companies and the public.”
Most acrylic fabric used in the manufacturing of awnings is designed to withstand the elements and prevent mildew and fading. Life expectancy of an awning in Orlando, FL, when maintained properly, is typically around 10 years.
There are measurable differences that will often exist in awning fabrics depending on the application. The material, weaves, coatings, and finish all have a direct impact on the quality and durability. Acrylic fabrics have become extremely popular for residential use. They have a cloth like appearance and offer durability and fade resistance. Vinyl coated fabrics are preferred for commercial buildings and offer the most resistance to water. Mesh fabrics allow for better ventilation and visibility.