Awnings can provide your property with numerous benefits, from additional living space to weather protection. They’re designed to be durable and visually appealing. When you choose an awning for your home, you’ll want to ensure it has qualities that align with your needs — starting with waterproof or water-resistant capabilities.
Water-resistant awnings are made with materials that are not easily penetrated by water, hence the resistance. However, these awnings can only repel a degree of water rather than stopping it completely. After prolonged water exposure to rain, they may lose their effectiveness and begin to allow moisture to seep through.
Water-resistant awnings are usually treated with sealant to protect the fibers against rain and the effects of water intrusion. The material may require regular treatment to maintain its water-resistant properties.
Waterproof awnings are designed to provide the highest protection against water penetration. Even if the material is older, it will still retain its ability to prevent water from seeping through. Waterproof awnings are using made with laminated fabrics, plastic or acrylic materials.
Due to their waterproof capabilities, these awnings are often used outside commercial properties like cafes or restaurants. They enable customers to enjoy the additional space regardless of the rain.
Other Considerations for Water-Resistant and Waterproof Awnings
While many people use the terms water-resistant and waterproof interchangeably, it’s clear that they offer different levels of water protection. Other factors you’ll want to consider when choosing an awning for your home include:
- Maintenance: Both types of awnings require an occasional cleaning, which is often as simple as brushing dirt away, wiping the fabric with clean water and soap, and leaving it to dry. The only difference is that water-resistant awnings with a porous or unsealed material can easily trap dust and dirt between the fibers, making them more challenging to clean.
- Seasonal use: Awnings are designed to be used year-round, but it’s best to retract them in cases of heavy rainfall. Water-resistant awnings can only withstand light rain and will most likely allow water to seep through during a storm, especially when untreated. In the summer months, both shelters provide adequate protection against the sun.
Find the Right Awning for Your Space
At Shading Texas, we offer retractable awnings that come in various high-quality fabric options to suit your needs. Our awnings provide exceptional protection from the elements, keeping your furniture safe from the damaging effects of UV rays and rainfall. Call us at 737-265-6151 or contact us online to get started.
Matt Pierce has been working in the solar shade industry for over 15 years, providing sun protection in the extremes of Alaska and Texas. His dedicated team at Shading Texas will get your the sun solutions you need to enjoy your patios and homes for years to come by blocking out bugs, sun, wind, and rain!