Fabric Types

Solution-Dyed Acrylic

Solution-dyed acrylic is a woven fabric that was introduced for awnings in the early 1960s. Acrylic is a generic name for mixtures of at least 85 percent of acrylonitrile. The other 15 percent consists of various additives, such as chemicals that provide UV resistance. A soft yet vibrant fabric, acrylic offers the aesthetics of cotton but is resistant to UV light, mildew and water. The loose weave makes it highly breathable, so hot air and moisture will not be trapped. Rainier proudly uses Sunbrella® fabrics.

Vinyl-Coated Polyester

Primarily used for illuminated awnings, its translucence depends on its color. Vinyl-coated polyester is resistant to UV light, mildew and water; it cleans easily and is flame retardant.

Vinyl-Laminated Polyester

These standard fabrics include opaque and translucent materials which are translucent depending on their color. Vinyl-laminated polyesters are resistant to UV light, mildew and water and are actually recommended for use in areas of sustained high humidity. They are easy to clean and flame retardant.

Acrylic-Coated Polyester

Coated with acrylic rather than vinyl, this fabric is translucent depending on its color and is resistant to UV light, mildew and water. The weight is 9.5 to 12.5 ounces per square yard.

Vinyl-Coated Polyester Cotton

These are traditional awning fabrics. Because of their cotton base, these opaque fabrics are not recommended for use in areas of constant high humidity, although they are somewhat resistant to UV light, mildew and water.