How to Choose the Right Fabric for Your Awnings

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Choosing the right fabric for your awnings is about striking the balance between function and aesthetics. Depending on the style of your awnings and where they are positioned, you might need fabric that protects your house from the salty Central Coast air, or simply adds to the overall design of your home.

Awnings are one of the most versatile and popular window furnishings we offer. For good reason, too. Awnings can really elevate the exterior of your home, tying together otherwise disparate design elements. And, on top of guarding against damage from UV rays and salt air, awnings can insulate your house and help you save on power bills.

We have a huge range of fully customisable awning styles at Emporium Blinds, including automatic awnings, bullnose awnings, and fixed frame awnings. We will cover which are best suited for different situations in an upcoming post. 

In this post, we want to address a topic we get many questions about: fabric options for your awnings. We have a huge range at Emporium. All come with their own advantages and the right choice for you will depend on the style of your house and what you want from your awnings.

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Choose canvas awnings for temperature regulation, total shade, and a classic look.

Canvas is a chic and traditional choice of fabric for awnings. And it has a lot going for it. It provides 100% block-out properties – making it ideal for the sweltering Australian sun. On top of that, canvas is hardy, weather-resistant, and long-lasting. We have a range of colours and prints and use only high-quality Australian made canvas so you can be sure your awnings will look stylish and fit with the overall look of your house.

Woven mesh is ideal for letting filtered light while keeping the harshest sun rays out.

Choose woven mesh for a unique aesthetic that seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor. It’s light, stylish, and comes in a range of colours. With woven mesh you can still enjoy the view from inside or under your awnings while keeping you protected from the UV rays.

Acrylic offers ideal weather protection making them perfect for outdoor areas.

Acrylic is a lightweight, durable, and versatile fabric that lets lots of natural light through while reflecting the harshest UV rays and keeping the rain out. On top of that, acrylic awnings are opaque which means they offer unbeatable privacy.

PVC is a versatile and contemporary fabric and a great all-rounder for in-and-outdoors.

PVC is a great choice for any area indoor or outdoor. You can choose from tinted or clear PVC in a range of colours. When treated with UV inhibitors, PVC awnings offer 100% protection from the sun’s rays, even when the PVC is clear. An area enclosed with PVC awnings will all stay warm during the winter months and protect you from a harsh salty air on windy days on the Central Coast.

If you’re still not sure which fabric option is best, get in touch or drop into our showroom. Our staff are friendly, experienced and love to help you go through all the option until you find the perfect window furnishings for your house and lifestyle.