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How Do I Choose the Right Fabric for My Awning?

By Jenny - SunSetter Senior Product Manager

Posted May 6, 2024

How Do I Choose the Right Fabric for My Awning?

Picking a Fabric Should Be Fun

One of the most exciting things about home decorating and renovation is picking new fabrics. That’s because the color, pattern, and texture of fabric can convey more about your personal style than almost any other aspect of design. That prominent design role makes picking a fabric exciting—even fun. 

Picking the right SunSetter awning fabric is easy. That’s because you’ll find a full range of fabric options, with something for every porch or patio. Let’s look at the three main things you should consider when picking an awning fabric: function, warranty, and—most importantly—color and pattern.

1. You Can’t Go Wrong With Any of SunSetter’s Awning Fabrics

SunSetter offers the full range of awning fabrics. You’ll find a spectrum of materials and colors. But one thing all SunSetter fabrics have in common is quality. No matter which awning fabric you choose, you’ll enjoy years of dependable use.

SunSetter Series fabrics are an excellent choice for many porches and patios. The SunSetter Woven Acrylic fabrics are dyed at the fiber level, meaning the color of the fabric will show exceptional protection against fading. And the woven acrylic fabric itself is highly durable, meaning you’ll get years of dependable performance out of your awning.

Do you live in a rainy climate prone to rain? SunSetter’s Laminated fabrics are 100% waterproof and consist of five layers, including two layers of protective clear coating that not only stand up to rain but also provide UV protection. This is one heavy-duty fabric.

Will your awning see especially heavy use? Choose SunSetter Platinum Series fabrics. The Platinum Series Performance Acrylic fabrics provide strength and durability as well as 98% UV protection. And the Platinum Series Sunbrella fabrics offer that same quality as well as a huge range of colors. 

2. Consider the Fabric’s Warranty

All of SunSetter’s awning fabrics are high quality and built to last. In fact, all of SunSetter’s fabrics have a limited warranty ranging from five to ten years. That’s a remarkable level of protection for a piece of fabric that spends its life out in the elements.

The Platinum Series fabrics come with a 10-year warranty. Both the Sunbrella performance fabrics and the SunSetter Performance Acrylic fabrics offer incredible strength and durability. They stand up to harmful UV rays, repel water, and resist fading, mold, and mildew. These are top-of-the-line fabrics—and their warranty reflects this. 

The SunSetter Woven Acrylic and Laminated fabrics feature a five-year warranty. So, whatever fabric you choose—either a SunSetter Series fabric or Platinum Series fabric—you can expect quality.

3. Color Is the Most Important Consideration

Your SunSetter awning is a lifestyle changer. Not only are you reclaiming your porch or patio, you’re establishing a place for relaxation or entertainment. That means you should pick a color or pattern that fits your vision for what this new outdoor space will be used for.

Are you looking for an awning that blends in with the current color scheme of your home? If so, select a color that is in the same color family as your home’s main color or trim. The more closely the awning’s color matches the existing color scheme, the more the awning blends in seamlessly with your home’s exterior.

If you’re looking for an awning to accent your home, try one of the many striped fabrics. You’ll find striped fabrics in all four awning-fabric collections, but the two Platinum Series fabric collections—Performance Acrylic and Sunbrella—offer the most striped options.

Maybe you want to communicate to the world that “When the awning’s out, the party’s on.” Choose a complementary color for these situations—for example, if your house is green, you’d choose red. Or, if your house was blue, you’d look for a fabric with orange in it. This bold contrast might give your home and yard the pop of color it needs.

And, if you’re searching through the SunSetter awning fabrics and can’t find what you need, check out the Sunbrella dealer-exclusive fabrics. You’ll discover a world of colors and striped patterns with something to fit nearly any vision you can conceive.

Other Tools for Selecting Your Awning Fabric

One of the best ways to get to know a fabric is by ordering a swatch. Holding a swatch in your hand or placing it up against the side or your house or the trim can be invaluable when trying to choose a fabric. Order swatches now.

Another useful tool for selecting your fabric is using the SunSetter Visualizer. This online tool lets you see an awning on your actual home or on a sample home. There’s probably no better way to try out different fabrics and options. Try the Visualizer now.  

Picking Fabrics Should Be Fun

What’s the most important thing to remember when picking fabrics? The process should be fun. Most grown-ups don’t have many opportunities to be creative with color. This is your chance to express yourself—and that should be an enjoyable experience. Take a lighthearted approach, knowing that SunSetter’s fabric collections have been hand-selected by design experts with years of experience with awnings. The fabrics you see in SunSetter’s fabric collections are the fabrics that have worked for thousands of awning owners around the country.

So, pick your awning fabric today and look forward to enjoying your new outdoor oasis.