Thinking of what type of awning fabric to use for your awning? There are many options when it comes to providing or having a good cooling shade from the sun for your home, or to keep rains off your property building, and awnings are one of the most common ones and one of the more popular choices. Awnings are commonly also known as shades, overhangs and canopies, (in more commonly used terms). They are like extra coverings/protection for places actually call for the use or need for shelters or coverage, especially places like buildings or homes that have open air spaces where they need shelter from time to time, like their porch, front of the house/building, backyard spaces, or even door fronts (entrances) and sidewalks.
For a clearer picture, like for us locals Singaporeans, often we come across awnings is when we are dining out, almost all of our local coffee shops use awnings, when we sit closer to the outer side of a coffee shop the thing shading, or over us are usually are awnings, which are a must haves for almost every coffee shop and eating houses in Singapore. It is the same for places in town and restaurants (with alfresco dining) most of these places in such buildings will have extensions that is out in the open space, and you need shades (for the unforeseen weather) for such places especially when you run a business. They are ideal to provide some from of protection and shelter from weather conditions, also can be retracted when not in used appose to something that is more permanent and not removable.
When it comes to awnings (overhangs, shades, canopies), it is good to know just like any coverings they come in different materials and fabrics to choose from. Most of you all will be surprise to know that the use of awnings is about 100 years old, maybe even more. But we can start off by talking about the modern day awning fabric coverings, which are usually materials like, cotton, light metal, vinyl, polyester, fiber sheets, polymers, acrylic and the list goes on, you can ask your contractor for a more detailed list of the fabrics that is most suitable to your needs, therefore cutting down your choices in fabrics to choose from that is actually useful and goes with your particular place. Usually awnings compromise of canvas as well; canvas is a material that is traditionally use for outdoors (outdoor awnings), also sail boats for years because of its sturdiness, long-lastingness and strength. Canvas is a securely, tighten woven fabric, and it generally resists moisture and water because of how the material is made. These type awnings usually can be taken down for cleaning, maintenances when needed and also generally are machine washable friendly.
Then there are stronger materials for awnings like molded awnings.
These are usually made out of materials like hard plastic or aluminum, which are technically much better suited for rigid, unpredictable weathers and conditions. Molded awnings are long lasting, tough but the most importantly they provide complete protection from harmful UV (Ultraviolet) rays, which are very much needed in Singapore’s climate and environment.
Also there are awnings that constructed from polyester materials. These are generally created with a type acrylic-coated or vinyl polyester that is designed to endure the harsh outdoor elements. This type of fabric is often knitted into a soft/lightweight mesh material/fabric that obstructs a significant percentage of the sun’s UV rays whilst still allowing daylight to flow through. It is good to also note that vinyl-coated polyester awnings are fairly easy to take care of (in terms of care) and are quite breathable. This fabric/material can be easily wiped down to remove any rubble and dirt, also moisture. Therefore making fabric suitable for climates such as Singapore, where it is humid, damp and rainy, because other fabrics/materials might not be able to withstand the mildew and mold growth. You may be also pleased to know that polyester awnings comes and are made in any pattern design or colour you may wish or desire. @bsolute Solutions Pte Ltd Interior Design has one of the widest range of awning fabric in Singapore.