Is there much difference between the various types of awning fabrics? Does an awning need to be fire retardant?
There are several basic types of awning fabrics: Woven, Coated, Laminated and Mesh. Woven fabrics have a rich fabric appearance and offer a wide array of colors in solids, stripes and patterns. These products are typically treated with a water repellant finish. Coated or Laminated fabrics offer greater water repellency. They are available in many solid colors and limited stripe patterns. Mesh fabrics offer outward visibility and aesthetic appeal; typically available in solid colors.
In residential applications not governed by local codes, the requirements to use a flame retardant fabric becomes a personal preference. Flame retardant fabrics are available in a wide variety of colors and styles. Consult your local PAMA professional for more details.