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Old 04-05-2014, 12:53 AM   #1
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Awning fabric preference

We'll it is finally time to replace my rigs awning canopy and I'm not sure which is the better fabric......

1, Vinly
2. Polyweave
3. Acrylic

I would appreciate your comments on the pros and cons of each fabric type.


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Old 04-05-2014, 04:57 AM   #2
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Acrylic - cooler sitting under it and more durable if taken care of to keep it clean

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Old 04-05-2014, 07:24 AM   #3
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Have had vinyl and acrylic. On a motorhome, my personal choice is acrylic.

Vinyl is waterproof, but you will need to clean it as it is more prone to mildew and staining. From a looks perspective, it's hard to find one that isn't bright white where it connects to the metal casing.

Acrylic is a lot less maintenance. You may need to re-coat w/waterproof spray after several years to keep it completely waterproof, from what I've been told. I switched our awning to this one on our new rig at purchase, and it's been great. Comes in many solid colors.
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:27 AM   #4
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I replaced my vinyl with acrylic and a metal weather guard. I like it better than the vinyl most of the time. Stays cleaner, easier to clean, dries fast and doesn't mildew as bad. One negative though. If you park under pine trees while they are dropping sap, it is tough to get it out of the weave. I used isopropyl alcohol. It worked better to daub it rather than rub it. Finish by washing with detergent and water to get the last of the residue.
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Zip Dee awnings uses Sunbrella fabrics

Our awnings still look great after 13 years us use. Fabric comes in a multitude of colors and designs. Great stuff
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Talking Awning Fabric

X 2 on Sunbrella Plus..more $$$ but worth every penny!!!
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:37 AM   #7
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X 2 on the Sunbrella products.

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