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Awnings: A Proper Understanding Prolongs their Lifespan

Posted on Dec 09, 2016

Jared Barton, a certified technician, explains why regularly cleaning your awnings is well worth the investment.

Impressive First Impressions

Do your storefront awnings make a great first impression? If you’ve invested in awnings, you already have great curb appeal. They not only feel inviting but also showcase your product. I’ve seen a lot of beautiful awnings ruined by harsh chemical treatments and neglect. Why lose this curb appeal if you can help it? All you need is some basic information to keep your awnings looking their best.

Vinyl and Canvas

There are two basic types of awnings: vinyl awnings and canvas awnings. (Fiberglass is another type but it is not as common as vinyl and canvas.) Understanding each material’s needs is necessary for maintaining your awning’s lifespan.


Canvas awnings are made with a polypropylene or acrylic fiber. They are strong and hold up well to UV exposure. The average lifespan of a well-maintained canvas awning is 8-10 years.


Vinyl awnings are made of a polyester fiber mesh coated with polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Vinyl awnings aren’t as resilient as canvas awnings, with only a lifespan of 5-7 years. If vinyl awnings are backlit, take extra care when cleaning them. Extra pigments sit on top of the awning, making it look especially rich when backlit. You’ll want to consult an awning specialist before having it cleaned.

Clean Regularly

It is important to regularly clean your awnings. The sun fades an awning’s color over time, bleaching the clean areas of the canvas or vinyl more quickly than the dirty areas. If you’ve neglected your awnings and then clean them, they may look striped. The awning’s pigments are uneven because dirt “protects” parts of your awning from the sun.

Clean your awnings at least twice a year. Clean them more often if they are exposed to pollutants. Awnings located near the exhaust fumes of heavy traffic may need to be cleaned quarterly.

How to Clean

Hire a professional company to clean your awnings. An experienced professional will clean your awnings without damaging them in the process. They should use an industry-approved cleaner and a low-pressure system for rinsing the awning. Harsh chemicals and pressure over 200 PSI will damage the fibers of the vinyl or canvas.

Get the Most out of Your Investment

You’ve spent good money on your awnings. Get the most out of your investment by consistently cleaning them. You will be happy with your awnings’ extended lifespan and increased curb appeal.

Bethany Associates offers professional window cleaning, pressure washing and awning cleaning. Our uncompromising cleaning standards will make your business shine. Call today for an awning cleaning sample or estimate at 888-601-4257 and we will be happy to serve you!

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