Metal Awnings vs. Fabric Awnings
Outdoor awnings are a fantastic addition to any home or business in terms of both aesthetic and function. Not only do they add a unique flair to your outdoor space, but awnings can also provide comfortable shade, sun protection for your furniture, and reduced utility bills each month due to their effect on interior temperature control. The question is: which material is right for your specific needs?
While both metal awnings and fabric awnings can accomplish the previously mentioned benefits, you may want to weigh the pros and cons of each material to see what works best for you and your property.
The Pros and Cons of Metal Awnings and Fabric Awnings
There are many considerations to keep in mind as you decide between metal awnings or fabric awnings.
- Metal Awnings Pros and Cons – Metal awnings certainly lead the race in terms of longevity, upkeep, and protection. The durability and weather-resistance of metal awnings (typically aluminum) can provide you with decades of use, with only periodic maintenance needs. Metal awnings can deliver wide coverage for outdoor gatherings and their strength can provide protection from not only the sun but storms as well. However, a metal awning may not provide as much cooling potential as a fabric awning, nor will it complement as wide a variety of styles and aesthetics.
- Fabric Awnings Pros and Cons – Alternatively, fabric awnings can be a beautiful, aesthetic addition to your home or business, providing a high potential for interior temperature control— which can come in handy during Florida’s hot summer months. The cooling factor for a reflective fabric awning can also lead to significant monthly energy bill savings. That being said, fabric awnings are not nearly as strong or durable as metal awnings and require more long-term upkeep, cleaning, and maintenance—especially following a severe storm.
Your Metal and Fabric Awning Installation Professionals
Universal Awning & Sign is Central Florida’s premier custom awning and sign manufacturers and installers. Whether you’re considering a metal awning or fabric awning, you can trust that the experts at Universal Awning will be ready to assist you every step of the way as you decide which awnings best fit your Florida home or business.
All of our awnings are built to last in Florida’s harsh environment and will perform at a high level for years to come. From retractable to fixed awnings and even canopies, we have the tools, experience, and materials to increase your curb appeal and leave your property looking made in the shade. To learn more about our high quality products and services, call us today at 407-328-7781.