This guide is intended to provide a general overview of awning supplies, design, basic installation techniques, cleaning tips, and more. Whether you're new to awning fabrication or you're a veteran of the awning
industry, we hope you'll find some value in the information below.
Fabricators and engineers know that even the most basic awnings require a considerable amount of supplies to complete. Trican® works hard to source all the awning supplies you need, from fabric to hardware to
The products we carry suit applications for fixed window awnings, retractable awnings, patio coverage, residential shade, commercial canopies, and umbrellas. These materials are built to withstand wind, snow, rain,
Explore our offerings below in awning fabric, hardware, tools, trim, thread, cleaning supplies, and more for your next awning or canopy project.
The most important element in making an awning stand out is the fabric. If you're wondering where to buy awning fabric, we carry over 800 styles in our awning fabric selection. We carry trusted brands, like
Sunbrella®, Dickson, Herculite, Serge Ferrari, Phifer, and Glen Raven®. The outdoor awning fabrics can be used as awning replacement fabric or for new structures.
They feature benefits like flame resistance, water resistance, dimensional stability, mold and mildew resistance, UV protection, printability, and heat-sealing ability. For carefree assembly and maintenance,
these awning fabric materials are durable and easy to clean.
Working on a patio enclosure or clear awning structure? Check out our clear vinyl options.
There are many different ways to design an awning. The style will depend on your specific project. Is it for a commercial or residential application? Do you need it to be stationary or retractable? How big of a
space are you working with?
Need help with your design? Let our Awning Composer software help you finish your next project in half the time.
There are many types of awnings, including but not limited to the following.
Types of Awnings
- Stationary awning on a building (such as a storefront awning)
- Exterior window awning
- Retractable awning
- Slide-on wire canopy
- Patio canopy
- Vestibule awning
- Hipped canopy
- Vertical screen
- Pergola awning
- Gable or round marquee awnings
There are, however, some basic rules of thumb when making any fabric awning.
Rules of Thumb
- Almost every awning will require a frame to hold the fabric.
- Be sure to take precise measurements of the space where the awning will be installed (width, drop, projection, depth, etc.), and mark where needed. You'll also need to account for tubing and hardware when
measuring total lengths.
- Consider visibility and access when installing an awning. For a window awning, how much of the window do you want the fabric to cover? For a marquee, is the awning's edge in line with parts of the existing
structure? Is it installed in a way that it can be easily cleaned or repaired?
- Consider using the Steel Stitch™ Staple-In Awning Frame System if you're strapped for time and the project allows.
- Pick a fabric based on what's most important to the project. Does the fabric need to be flame retardant? Will the awning be backlit? Does it need to be waterproof? If you're printing on it, how important is the
quality of the graphics? Does it need to stretch and conform easily to the frame? Does it need to provide full shade or will a translucent mesh fabric work?
- Always add about 6 inches of fabric to allow for hems, extensions, and size variance.
- Stainless-steel hardware works well for awnings since it is highly corrosion resistant.
- Aluminum tubing works well for awning frames since the material is lightweight.
- Pergola awning
- For eradicable fabrics:
- Never allow the eradication fluid to sit on the vinyl. This causes the vinyl underneath the topcoat to turn yellow (this damage is permanent).
- If you spill or splatter eradication fluid on the vinyl where it is not supposed to be or if the awning is damaged at the jobsite, model paint can be used on the fabric. Since there are multiple colors of
model paint available, selecting the color of your choice should not be an issue.
References & Related Notes
Think we've missed something? Or have any additional questions? Let us know.
The purpose of this guide is to give fabricators some general guidelines and product information.
This guide should not be considered as the sole source of information on awnings and should not be considered as advice or instructions on how to build awnings. This guide is strictly informational.