When it comes to choosing the type of awning for your residential or commercial property, a key consideration should be what type of material you should use. The type of awning fabric you opt for can have a significant impact on durability and how easy your awning is to maintain in the short term and also the long term. Here, we’ve put together a basic guide on the five most common types of awning fabrics that you can choose from here at Regal Awnings.


One of the key benefits of vinyl awning fabric is that it is inherently fireproof and highly resistant to ultraviolet light, providing you with the ultimate protection from the sun’s rays. This is particularly important if you or a family member (including a pet) are highly sensitive to sunlight. Despite being resistant to UV rays, further helping the colour in your awning to last, vinyl awning fabrics are relatively translucent so you can still benefit from ample areas of light under your awning. Further to this, vinyl awnings are also resistant to mildew – a form of fungus which can become toxic if levels become out of control. If you live or work in an area which is prone to high levels of humidity, then a vinyl awning could be the ideal choice for you.


If you are in an area which regularly experiences heavy rain then an acrylic awning fabric may not be the right material choice for you as while it is highly water resistant, it is not entirely waterproof. Acrylic fabric is, however, resistant to UV light and mildew, similar to vinyl. One of the key benefits of acrylic awnings is that colour will not wash out in the rain over time, and its resistance to UV means the colours will not fade too much over the years either. Acrylic fabric is often considered to be an upscale, high quality material for an awning so if you’re looking for an element of softness and class for your awning then this may be an option to consider.


If you’re looking for an environmentally-conscious option for your awning then turn to polyester. Polyester often comes with a matte surface and its composition provides a number of benefits, such as strength, durability and UVA/UVB projection. Further to this, the feel of polyester is entirely different to acrylic or vinyl and is often deemed to be a thinner and flatter material. Designed for use in areas of sustained high humidity, polyester is a great option for both residential and commercial awnings.

Shade Cloth

Shade cloth is used far less than what vinyl, acrylic and polyester is, however it is still a very viable option if you’re looking for a lightweight material for your awning. Shade cloth offers both protection and stability, and despite being a lightweight material, the fabric is durable in both sun and rain. Shade cloth is also easily dyed meaning it is available in an extensive range of colours to match any colour scheme.


Cotton is an extremely versatile fabric, and while this often comes coated in order to provide additional protection against water, UV and mildew, cotton is an often-understated awning fabric. Cotton awnings are great at providing the shade you require, the material’s versatile fibres can be moulded into any shape, size, colour or pattern to suit your requirements. However, cotton isn’t as durable as some of the other materials such as vinyl and acrylic and is also not recommended in areas of high humidity.

To find out more about the materials on offer here at Regal Awnings, get in touch with a member of our expert team today.