When shopping for new fabric for your retractable awning, the price range on fabrics can be significantly different. Some retractable awning replacement covers are even half the price of others! The cheaper price is not always the best value when considering how long your new cover will last and how colorfast it will be to keep it looking new through the years.
Confused on what is the best value?
Here’s a comparison of fabrics to help you decide and check out Southern Living’s Outdoor Fabrics article for more information.
|Types of Fabrics|| Brand Names
|Solution Dyed Acrylics||Sunbrella
|Solution Dyed Acrylic Fabrics are colorfast.The solution dyeing process adds pigments to the molecule of the fiber, creating links that are difficult to break even after some years, and which are much stronger than those from yarn-dyeing or fabric-dyeing.||Yes||10-20+ Years||5-10 Years|
|Acrylic Coated Polyester||Ultima
Tends to fade over time.Polyester, being synthetic fibers as well, are less lasting than acrylic since they are more vulnerable to UV rays. The Acrylic coating makes the fabric more stable and water resistant.
|Yes||5-8 Years||3-5 Years|
Tends to fade quickly.Polyester, being synthetic fibers as well, are less lasting than acrylic since they are more vulnerable to UV rays.
|Yes||3-5 Years||3 Yea|