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Acrylic Awnings vs. Vinyl Awnings

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.

Vinyl Awnings

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.

Acrylic Awnings

Acrylic awnings are made of a woven, breathable fabric that allows air to circulate. They repel water, but heavy rainfall can still soak through. Acrylic awnings work well in breezy environments and dry quickly. They are also durable in harsh elements. Additionally, acrylic awnings tend to hold their color very well as it’s woven into the fabric.
  • 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.

Which Awning is Best for Your RV?

Choosing the best fabric type for your awning is all about evaluating your needs as a traveler. You’ll need to factor in things like climate, location, and your awning style (automated, fixed, etc.). Do you spend a lot of time in rainy areas? Is it particularly hot, sunny, or windy? Do you spend a lot of time on the road or more time at the destination? These are all questions that can help you determine which fabric better fits your needs.
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RV Awnings specializes in making awning fabric of the highest standard and offers a variety of options. If you have any further questions or would like you order a replacement awning fabric, call us today.

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