Awning covers aren’t made from standard fabrics, and it’s easy to see why. Each year they’ll need to withstand the temperature highs of summer and lows of winter, while protecting against UV lightening and repelling rain water. They also need to resist tearing, particularly on seams and hems, and stay taut despite being opened and closed thousands of times.
Manufacturing the Fabric
It's impossible to meet these criteria using just any fabric. Brands like Markilux and Weinor have developed their own state-of-the-art polyesters and acrylics which can cope with the daily stresses an awning cover is put through. The yarns are hand-woven on looms and meticulously checked for imperfections.
Afterwards they are either stitched or bonded to meet the size required for your awning. Each join type has its own advantages, with stitching being the traditional choice which has been used for many years. Bonding uses a high pressure to produce what’s claimed to be a smoother seam. This means they can have better resistancy to light, water and temperature changes, and therefore a longer life.
Your awning fabrics will be dyed in one of two ways. Yarn dyeing colours the surface of the fabric, while a spinneret process disperses colour pigment throughout each fibre, before they are spun into the fabric.
A Choice of Properties
Markilux and Weinor offer fabric collections with different properties. You may be looking for glare protection, light / air permeability, visibility through the fabric, waterproofness, weatherproofing, a memory effect (to remove creases) or temperature control. Different colours, patterns and textures are also available.
Impregnated fabrics are designed to withstand the extremes of life outdoors. The phrase means the fabric has been treated to give it extra properties which it may not have had otherwise. This could be a water-resistant coating or UV stability, for example.
Teflon is a type of impregnation process. It uses woven tissue protection to help the awning repel water, dirt and oil, ensuring the cover remains looking its best with minimal maintenance. A Hi-Clean finish uses nanotechnology to stop dirt from sticking to the fabric. Even honey, one of the stickiest substances, is reduced to tiny beads on the fabric surface which would be washed away when it rains.
UPF ratings are a measure of the percentage of UV rays which can pass through a fabric. The highest possible rating is UPF 50+, which blocks 98% of UV radiation.
Speak to a member of the Roché sales team to discuss your requirements and options.