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Old 11-22-2006, 05:09 AM   #1
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whick material do you prefer and why?

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Old 11-22-2006, 08:25 AM   #3
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If you will be parking under trees I would say the vinyl is preferred, regardless of brand. Vinyl can be cleaned much more easily than any woven fabric. Tree sap in particular gets right down in the weave, whereas it just sits on top of vinyl. [By the way, use alcohol to remove pine pitch (sap).] Vinyl can be scrubbed, bleached, scoured and scraped as needed to get off dirt, grime, sap and such. Woven fabrics must be treated somewhat more gently and can be darn near impossile to get grime out of the weave. And if you use really strong cleaners or lots of bleach you may have to re-waterprrof the fabric. It is not inherently waterprrof like vinyl.

But the woven fabrics are lighter and often prettier (more subtle color variations, etc.)
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Old 11-22-2006, 04:53 PM   #4
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Another difference is that acrylic fabrics are cooler in summer since they do breathe. If taken care of and treated regularly they will hold up for many years. As with any awning fabric only roll it up when dry or if wet open ASAP and let it dry.
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My independent RV repair guy has replaced a lot of awnings. He warned me about the vinyl woven fabrics....tells me they stretch easily and begin to sag. He recommends the regular vinyl for best overall value and utility. The acrylic stuff (looks like Sundura to me) is certainly good looking but more expensive.
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One other plus for the woven fabric is that vinyl awnings retain condensation while rolled up. This makes for a dumping of water when unrolling the vinyl as well as allowing for mold. Have had both and kind of wish I had the fabric again.

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