Q: Is there much difference between the various types of awning fabrics?
A: Yes, different fibers, weaves and coatings have very specific advantages and different applications. Some fabrics are breathable, some are not. Some are water repellant but not water proof. Acrylic fabrics have a rich cloth appearance and are much more colorfast and fade resistant. Vinyl coated fabrics, mostly used on commercial projects, are the most water repellent. Mesh fabrics allow better ventilation and outward visibility.
Q: How long will the fabric last?
A: This is one of the most common questions we are asked. It depends on the location and purpose of your awning, and we find that a life span of 10 to 15 years is not unusual when taken care of. See our Cleaning and Treating Page. Most fabrics are warranteed for 5 to 10 years.
Q: When someone refers to a canvas awning, is the fabric actually made out of canvas?
A: Not anymore. For many years awning fabrics have been made of woven acrylic. With acrylic, the thread is solution dyed before it is woven ensuring long lasting color. Acrylic looks and feels like canvas but is more resistant to the elements. Canvas was fabricated from cotton and the color was applied much like spray painting. Cotton would absorb moisture, acrylic is water repellant. Cotton fabrics used to flake and peel over time; acrylic does not. Today's woven acrylic awning fabrics are more durable, colorfast and generally far superior to the old canvas materials.
Q: What are Fixed Awnings & what are Stationary Awnings?
A: The terms "Fixed Awnings" and "Stationary Awnings" are interchangeable, consisting of a welded metal skeleton frame to which awning fabric is attached. They come in all shapes and sizes, all being custom made to order. The basic rule of thumb when designing a Fixed Awning is that "if you can draw it, it can be built". Typically Fixed Awnings are for smaller areas such as windows, doors, alcoves, entry ways & walk ways. Canopy Awnings are typically a form of Fixed Awnings that cover larger surfaces and require posts and/or structural supports.
Q: I am having my home painted. It is ok to leave my awnings up while this happens?
A: Most house paint is nearly impossible to remove from awning fabric. It is strongly recommended you have your awnings taken down before painting. Removing & reinstalling awnings for home improvement is a service we offer.
Q: If I have Awning Doctors take down my awnings for painting or other home improvement, where are the awnings stored during this time?
A: Unfortunately, we do not have additional storage. The awnings would need to remain on your property. Some exceptions can be made, on a case by case basis. If you are keeping the awning on site during painting, we recommend keeping them covered as direct paint or paint overspray is very difficult to remove.
Q: Can we have my company name or logo put on an awning?
A: Absolutely. With today’s technology we are able to duplicate just about any style logo or lettering. We can create graphic images in all colors and combinations. We use only the most modern techniques and the result is a crisp clean image that provides 24-hour signage.