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How Long Do Awnings Last?

by | Nov 20, 2022 | Awnings, Retractable Awnings

It’s hard to overstate how much an awning can improve an outdoor space. Quality awnings provide a nice shady spot out of the sun and keep you and your furniture dry during the rain and snow. 

If you have an awning or are planning on getting one soon, you probably have many questions. But the question you’re probably asking the most is, “How long do awnings last?” There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer, but you can make an educated guess based on several factors: the fabric, the frame, and the type of awning.

As the top awning installation service in Los Angeles, our team at Van Nuys Awning explains how long you can expect an awning to last. Contact us at (phone number) and transform your outdoor space today!

How Long Will My Awning Last?

Many factors go into the life expectancy of an awning. But with proper maintenance, you can expect any quality awning to last from 5 to 15 years. 

For a more accurate assessment, you’ll need to figure out a few things about your awning. The key aspects to consider when answering the question, “how long do awnings last?” are:

  • Awning fabric
  • Awning frame
  • Type of awning

These three components will decide whether your awning is likely to last for 5 years or 15 years and beyond. 

Acrylic Awning vs Canvas Awning Fabric

Awning fabrics are durable and weather resistant, and the material you use will play a role in determining how long your awning lasts. The two most common kinds of awning materials are acrylic and canvas. 

  • Acrylic awnings are a type of fabric awning that is very durable. An acrylic awning will typically last between 8 and 12 years on average.
  • Canvas is another durable and popular awning material, but it doesn’t last quite as long as acrylic. Canvas awnings last for about 8 to 10 years.

Awning Frame

Your awning frame’s material will play a significant role in how long your awning lasts. Of course, a plastic awning frame won’t last nearly as long as one made from metal. 

For an awning frame that stands the test of time, steel or aluminum frames are the best options. 

Awning Types

There are two kinds of awnings: stationary awnings and retractable awnings. 

If the essential element for your awning is that it lasts for a long time, stationary awnings will be your best bet. 

Retractable awnings are a great choice for flexibility, but due to the regular wear and tear, they don’t often last as long as stationary awnings.

Professional Awning Installation

Proper care and maintenance also ensure that an awning lasts for years to come. If you want your awning to last as long as possible, you’ll need professional installation. 

“How long do awnings last” is a question we’ve heard plenty of times here at Van Nuys Awning. Give us a call at (805) 500-2360 to install a durable awning that can last 15 years or more. 

For more information on all things awning, check out our guide on the benefits of window awnings.

<a href="" target="_self">Don Powell</a>

Don Powell

Hi, I’m Don Powell! I am the 4th generation of the Powell family that started Van Nuys Awning. I am an IFAI Master Craftsmen, served on the board of the WCPA and now CEO of Van Nuys Awning. I worked my way through Van Nuys Awning learning how to install, design and manufacture awnings for the last 48 years. I handle the sales for most of our large and corporate accounts. I take great pride in our client’s happiness and successful installation and manufacturing to our client’s design. One step I take to maintain our company’s quality and client’s request will align is to personally oversee each project’s work order. Thanks for taking time to view, read, and consider working with Van Nuys Awning.
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