Metal Awnings vs. Fabric Awnings Wilmington NC
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Metal Awnings vs. Fabric Awnings – Which is Best for Me?

Outdoor awnings not only help with your home’s exterior curb appeal, but also alter your interior light levels and temperatures. Both metal and fabric awnings are excellent ways to spruce up the exterior of your house, but depending on your needs, one option may shine above the other.awnings

Here are some things to consider when choosing which awning material is best for you.

Exterior & Interior Changes

Deciding between metal awnings and fabric awnings first comes to aesthetics. Each offers its own look and feel that will alter your house’s appearance. It’s important to not only consider the exterior look, but also include the interior alterations.

When you add awnings, the interior of your room will get darker. Fabric awnings tend to be a little lighter as they can let in more light than metal awnings, especially if you choose a light colored fabric.

Keep in mind that your awnings, whether metal or fabric, may alter the view outside your window. If the awning hangs low, it will interfere with your view and may block some of the qualities you like about your view. Although, if you prefer to not see the scene outside, awnings are great way to block unsightly qualities while still letting in some light.

Another interior change you’ll notice is your room’s temperature. Awnings have a cooling ability between eight and 15 degrees, which helps save on your energy bills. The temperature variance will depend on whether you choose a metal awning or a fabric awning.

A metal awning won’t provide as much improvement as the metal won’t reflect the heat, instead it will absorb it. A fabric awning, especially one with UV reflective qualities, can help absorb some of the sun’s heat that would otherwise end up coming through your windows.

Storm Protection

Awnings are a great way to protect your house and windows during changing weather conditions. Whether it’s the summer heat and humidity, or a strong winter storm, it’s important to consider your awnings function during all seasons of the year.

Some aluminum awnings actually provide a level of storm protection as well as some sun protection. Depending on which awning you choose, you may be able to fold your metal awning down to become a storm window.

Fabric awnings do not offer any protection for intense storms and hurricanes. They can help protect your windows from rain and some flying debris, but cannot withstand high winds. In fact, if you install a retractable fabric awning, it’s recommended you retract it to prevent damage to your awning and your house siding.


Aluminum tends to win out when it comes to its need for maintenance. The metal doesn’t rust and tends to be a ‘set it and forget it’ type of material. In fact, an aluminum roof can actually last up to 20 years. Keep in mind, however, that while the awning may last up to 20 years, its fixtures may corrode and rust, thus needing replacing.

Fabric, unfortunately, does not last as long as its aluminum counterpart. Even fabric awnings with protective coatings are susceptible to mildew and corrosion. Because of this, you may need to replace your fabric awning more often than a metal awning. Despite the need to replace your fabric more often, it does give you an opportunity to spruce up your curb appeal every five to 10 years.

Window Coverings of Wilmington can help you determine which awning – metal or fabric – is best for you and your home needs. You can schedule a free in-home consultation to ask any questions you may have about what’s available to you. Call today to schedule with a window covering professional.

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