Awning Fabrics

Awning fabric is generally standard within the Industrial Fabrics Industry. Meaning, most every awning company offers the same fabrics and does not hold a proprietary line. So what is the difference between a Hoover Awning and other company’s products? The difference lies in Hoover’s unfailing attention to detail, quality and technology. We take valuable time to handle your product properly and focus on only the highest quality manufacturing processes and standards. Hoover also invests in the highest quality machinery available. We believe that quality machinery operated by highly trained professionals is the only way to produce the very best product every time. Because QUALITY IS WHAT THE CUSTOMER ORDERED!


In today’s industry there are three standard types of fabric. Vinyl-laminated Polyester, Solution Dyed Acrylic and Shadecloth. While each has their pros and cons, they are equally great fabrics and will withstand south Florida’s harsh climate. All three fabric types have good abrasion resistance and will generally last between five to 15 years, depending on quality of fabric, exposure and proper fabric care.

Vinyl-laminated Polyester is strong, quick-drying, and tends to have wrinkle resistance and crease retention both wet and dry. Some vinyl-laminated polyesters are highly translucent and are ideal for backlit awnings. Fabrics meant for standard uses are more translucent depending on their color (lighter colors are more translucent than darker colors). Vinyl-laminated Polyester fabrics weigh between 16-24 ounces, are resistant to UV light, mildew, water, and are recommended for use in areas of sustained high humidity. Vinyl fabrics are available in solids, stripes and custom patterns.

Acrylic fabric is generally considered to be an upscale material. Acrylic fabric offers an aesthetic softness and feel all its own. Higher quality acrylics are very resistant to UV light, mildew and water. The properties of acrylic fabric allow it to be highly breathable, so hot air and moisture will not be trapped. In solution dyeing (higher quality), color pigments are added to the acrylic fibers while the fibers are in a semi-liquid state. As a result, the color becomes an integral part of the fiber, and unlike piece-dyed acrylic, won’t wash out. Solution-dyed acrylic fabric is translucent (depending on the color), typically weighs 8 to 10 ounces, can experience some shrinkage in cold weather, some stretch in hot weather and is extremely water resistant (not fully waterproof).

Shade Cloth is available in a variety of different makes, each suited for a specific application. From high quality outdoor tensioning fabric to indoor non-UV coated mesh, there is a fabric to solve your specific need. Most shade cloth brands are available in a variety of different colors and patterns to complement its surrounding area.

Cotton, or commonly referred to as cotton duck, is a heavy plain woven fabric. Cotton was once the standard fabric for awnings, however, cotton is not commonly used today except in areas with extreme cold weather climate. Cotton duck is strong and flexible with unique self-contouring characteristics. It is water and mildew repellent. Standard warranties range from three to five years.

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