Are you trying to decide what type of RV awning best fits your needs as a traveler? Vinyl and acrylic awnings are the two most common types. To help you understand the differences, we have prepared a helpful guide concerning the pros and cons of each.
These types of awnings are waterproof, but they tend to build up mildew if poorly maintained. Vinyl awnings are ideal for rainy areas. However, it is a good idea to clean your awnings after every trip and to deep clean them once or twice a year.
- Pros of vinyl awnings – Shield you from weather, durable and tear-resistant.
- Cons of vinyl awnings – Must be dried completely before storage, strong possibility of mold and mildew if not properly maintained.
- Pros of acrylic awnings – Easy maintenance, simple storage, light and breathable.
- Cons of acrylic awnings – Not entirely waterproof, need regular cleaning.
How Can You Maintain Your Awning?
To avoid dirt and mildew buildup in either type of awning, clean them thoroughly and regularly. You can do this using a soft-bristled brush and warm, soapy water. Harsh chemicals and scrubbing can damage the fabric, so be gentle. The more often you clean your awning, the less scrubbing you’re required to do. This can increase the lifespan of your awnings and save you money in replacements.