Awning Fabrics

Quality awning fabrics are very different from other textiles. They have an advanced set of properties which allow them to withstand annual changes in temperature, along with the other challenges posed by life outdoors, including UV lightening and damage caused by rain or dirt. They are strong enough to resist tearing effectively, even on seams and hems, and stay taut despite being opened and closed thousands of times.

 

Appearance – Colours, Textures and Light Permeability

A patio awning cover choice is mainly dictated by aesthetics. There are hundreds of different colours and styles to choose from; take a look at the Markilux World of Colours and Colours by Weinor brochures for more information. We are also able to send fabric swatches on request, and have the full range on display in our showroom.

You will be able to choose not only between solid colours and striped designs, but different light permeability levels and textures too. The weave of the fabric may be smooth or textured, with or without perforations or a sheer finish. Once you know what you are looking for, you will be able to find which fabric range is most suitable.

Fabric Ranges

Both Markilux and Weinor offer a choice of awning fabric ranges. While some, like Markilux’s Sunsilk and Sunvas, are suitable for all awning types, others are specifically tailored to a certain product’s requirements. The main variations concern styling (colours and patterns, translucency, weave textures), and technical specifications such as special waterproof or flame retardant coatings. Perforated fabrics are generally more suitable for vertical awnings as they provide vision but less protection from rain.

Read on for a simple outline of each range’s standout properties.

Markilux

Markilux weave their fabrics in purpose-built factories in Germany, creating technically advanced covers on state-of-the-art machines. They offer a number of different collections which you can choose from:

Markilux World of Colours Awning Fabric Brochure Cover
Sunsilk SNC

Markilux’s main polyester range. Translucent for a soft glow effect, with a SNC self cleaning coating.

Available Designs:

Solid Colours (Sunsilk Classics), Stripes

Suitable for*:

Patio, Freestanding, Veranda, Conservatory, Vertical

Sunvas SNC

Markilux’s main acrylic range. More opaque than Sunsilk, with a SNC self cleaning coating.

Available Designs:

Solid Colours (Sunvas Classics), Stripes

Suitable for*:

Patio, Freestanding, Veranda, Conservatory, Vertical

Visutex

Polyester with a unique woven textured effect. Includes Sunsilk and Sunvas options, categorised into eight colour ‘families’.

Available Designs:

Solid Colours, Stripes

Suitable for*:

Patio, Freestanding, Veranda, Conservatory, Vertical

Perla

Polyester with a waterproof coating. Perla FR flame retardant option available.

Available Designs:

Solid Colours

Suitable for*:

Patio, Freestanding, Veranda, Conservatory, Vertical

Transolair

Perforated polyester for transparency, light and fresh air. Breathable to prevent heat from building up under the awning cover.

Available Designs:

Solid Colours

Suitable for*:

Veranda, Conservatory, Vertical

Perfotex

Finely perforated polyester for some transparency. Contains aluminium pigmentation for maximum heat and light reflection, and a Teflon coating to repel water and dirt.

Available Designs:

Stripes

Suitable for*:

Veranda, Conservatory, Vertical

Vuscreen ALU

Finely perforated polyester for some transparency. Contains aluminium pigmentation for maximum heat and light reflection, and a Teflon coating to repel water and dirt.

Available Designs:

Solid Colours

 
Suitable for*:

Conservatory, Vertical

Vuscreen FR

Similar texture to the Vuscreen ALU, with a permanent flame retardant coating to help meet fire safety regulations.

Available Designs:

Solid Colours

Suitable for*:

Conservatory, Vertical

Weinor

Weinor offer a wide selection of acrylic and polyester fabric types. Their advanced textiles include something for every Weinor awning.

Weinor Fabric Colours Brochure Cover
True Colours

Weinor’s main acrylic range. High UV protection and glare protection.

Available Designs:

Solid Colours, Stripes

Suitable for*:

Patio, Freestanding, Veranda, Conservatory, Vertical

Magic Colours

Weinor’s main polyester range. Retains its shape exceptionally well, removing creases and wrinkles.

Available Designs:

Solid Colours, Stripes

Suitable for*:

Patio, Freestanding, Veranda, Conservatory, Vertical

Pergona

PVC-coated fabric with a smooth, waterproof surface.

Available Designs:

Solid Colours

Suitable for*:

Patio, Freestanding, Veranda

Livia

Decorative and lightweight acrylic cover.

Available Designs:

Solid Colours

Suitable for*:

Patio, Freestanding, Conservatory

Soltis

Small pores for a sheer finish, air permeability and vision. Reinforced threads for strength.

Available Designs:

Solid Colours

Suitable for*:

Conservatory, Vertical

Manufacture and Dyeing

Brands like Markilux and Weinor have developed their own state-of-the-art polyesters and acrylics which can cope with the daily stresses an awning cover is put through. The yarns are hand-woven on looms and meticulously checked for imperfections.

Afterwards they are either stitched or bonded to meet the size required for your awning. Each join type has its own advantages, with stitching being the traditional choice which has been used for many years. Bonding uses a high pressure to produce what’s claimed to be a smoother seam. This means they can have better resistance to light, water and temperature changes, and therefore a longer life.  

Your awning fabrics will be dyed in one of two ways. Yarn dyeing colours the surface of the fabric, while a spinneret process disperses colour pigment throughout each fibre before they are spun into the fabric. Both offer exceptional protection against UV bleaching.

 

Acrylic or polyester?

Awnings were once made from canvas. Acrylic was a synthetic alternative which replaced canvas in the early 1960s, while polyester arrived in recent years using environmentally-conscious manufacturing processes. Acrylic looks and feels like canvas, while polyester has a thinner, flatter texture with a matt surface. Polyester’s more recent development meant a high-tech composition, with advantages in terms of strength, light fastness, UVA and UVB projection and nano coatings. Acrylic has developed and now offers similar properties in these areas, therefore the main difference is in the texture and feel of the fabric.

 

Special Properties

Some fabrics are coated or impregnated with special materials to add particular properties. SNC and Teflon provide a smooth surface which is difficult for dirt to stick to. Water-repellent fabrics work in a similar way, encouraging rain to run off rather than passing through the cover, although their effectiveness also depends on the pitch (the angle of the cover when it is extended). Aluminium may be woven into the fabric to reflect heat and light, and flame resistant coatings help building owners meet fire regulations.

UPF Ratings

The Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) indicates the percentage of UV rays which can pass through a fabric. The highest possible rating is UPF 50+, and the majority of Markilux and Weinor’s fabrics have been independently tested and rated at this level. A UPF50+ rating means the fabric blocks 98% of UV radiation, and offers 50 times more protection from sunburn than if you were exposed to the sun.

 

Maintenance

Awning covers are designed for minimal maintenance. Over time, if it begins to look a little bit grubby, this is easily remedied. Switch the power off and use lukewarm water with a little mild detergent like washing up liquid. Let the foam work its way into the fabric for 15 to 20 minutes, and rinse with normal water. Take care not to scrub or rub the material, and let the awning dry while extended.

To prevent water stains and mildew, simply let your awning dry completely before retracting it. Try not to let water pockets form on the cover whenever possible, as this can result in the cover sagging.

It’s also worth checking for leaves, twigs or snow before you retract your awning. You don’t want them getting trapped in between fabric layers and causing damage. Remove dust periodically with a soft brush.

If your awning will be situated near lots of trees or a busy street, you might want to take the colour of your cover into consideration. Soot, pollen and leaves can all leave a residue which is more noticeable on a light, solid colour. Dark colours and stripes will be much more forgiving.

Replacement Covers

Good quality awnings, like Markilux and Weinor designs, will last for many years. The mechanism will easily outlast cover fashions, so you may eventually want to switch the fabric for a new design. A new awning cover is a great way to update the look without paying for a whole new awning.

 

*Compatibility varies between specific awning models. Speak to the Roché team for more information on your options.