Residential and Commercial Awning Information

Awnings and Canopies are a great way to improve the face of your home or business.

Awnings and canopies enhance and distinguish a home or companies architecture, street appeal, character and visibility.  Additionally, awnings and canopies create a presence and an image, which is important in driving customers to a business.  Awnings and canopies are environmentally friendly, energy efficient ways to reduce heat and block-out harmful UV rays.

Patio Enclosures and Exterior Curtains

One of the modern design themes used is to make the outdoors just as livable as the indoors. Custom enclosures and Exterior Curtains can be utilized to provide additional floor space, creating an outdoor space for entertaining or seasonal use for commercial applications, as well as, residential applications.

Retractable Awnings

When you decide to add function, beauty and elegance to your outdoor enjoyment and living space, a retractable awning can be a perfect shading solution.  With our Durasol brand of retractable awnings, you can use and enjoy your deck or patio more than ever.  This will allow you to be in total control of the amount of shade or sun you want, with just a touch of a button or a turn of a handle.

Exterior Shade Screens

Our Durasol brand of exterior shade products can instantly turn an outside area, into a sun protected environment.  Our screens create additional living space by allowing our customers to enjoy their outdoor areas year around.  Our screen products come in either motorized or manual gear operation.  Whether you need to block light wind, full solar protection, pollen or rain, our custom screens are your solution.

Awnings and Canopies for Commercial or Residential Welded Seams vs Sewn Seams

Cain’s Awnings and Canopies offer a full range of seaming and welding for your fabrics.  In addition to traditional sewn seams, we offer Hot Wedge thermal fusion welding.

Sewn Seams

  • Convenient – The needle-and-thread method can accommodate a variety of thicknesses without much adjustment, and many shops already have sewing capabilities.
  • Versatility – Projects involving tight angles or sheer fabrics can simpy not be welded, and sewing is the best alternative.

Welded Seams

  • Efficiency – Welding seams, especially for larger projects and larger quantities, can be much faster.
  • Waterproof – Although sewing technologies have improved, welding is by far the most leak-proof method.
  • Durability – Welded seams will hold up to testing and UV-Rays for added strength and extended awning longevity.

Wedge welding is generally used to seam panels of fabric together.  Seam width is determined by the width of the wedge.  Typical sizes are 3/4″ through 2″  with the most common being 1″ or 1 1/2″ which are primarily used for such applications as tarps, curtains, awnings and canopies.  Wedge welding has an advantage over Hot Air Welders in that they produce little or no smoke when used.  Wedge welding is most efficient when used for long seams as the wedge welder generally travels along the material in a track which is built into a table.   Once in position, the material does not have move as it is welded together.  Large covers for baseball fields, pool covers and other geotextiles are excellent candidates for wedge welding as speeds of 50-60 feet per minute can be achieved.

Wedge welders use a tapered metal “wedge” with heating elements implanted in the body to create the heat.  There is an upper and lower material guide, one for each of the two fabric panels.  One piece of material is passed above and the other below the hot wedge at a predetermined speed, then the fabric is partially melted by contact with the wedge. The two fabric panels are then immediately passed under a set of silicone “pinch” rollers which apply pressure to the hot materials and roll them out the end of the machine. The material is now sealed and bonded under pressure creating the finished seam. Each type and weight of material must be tested to determine the optimum speed and temperature for a proper seal. Projects with large panels are best suited for wedge welding. Hems and pockets can be done on a wedge welder with a special folder attachment. Awning and marine fabrics such as Acrylics can be lap seamed with the use of welding tapes.

Care and Cleaning

One of the best ways to keep Sunbrella fabrics looking good and to delay deep or vigorous cleanings is to properly maintain the fabrics.  This can be accomplished by simply brushing off dirt off of your awnings and canopies before it becomes embedded in the fabrics and spot cleaning after stains occur.

When it is time for a thorough cleaning, Sunbrella fabrics can be cleaned while still on an awning frame or, size permitting, they can be removed for cleaning in a washing machine.

When cleaning Sunbrella fabrics, it is important to observe the following:

  • Always use a mild detergent such as Woolite or Dawn dishwashing liquid
  • Water should be cold to lukewarm
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all detergent residue
  • Air dry only – Never apply heat to Sunbrella fabrics

To clean Sunbrella fabric, while still on an awning frame, follow these simple steps:

  • Brush off loose dirt
  • Hose down
  • Prepare a cleaning solution of water and mild detergent, such as Woolite or Dawn dishwashing liquid
  • Use a soft bristle brush to clean
  • Allow cleaning solution to soak into the fabric
  • Rinse thoroughly until all detergent residue is removed
  • Air dry
  • May not require re-treatment depending on the age of the fabric

Sunbrella fabric does not promote mildew growth, however, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances that are not removed from the fabric.  To clean mildew, or other stubborn stains:

  • Eight ounces (1 cup) of chlorine bleach
  • Two ounces (1/4 cup) of mild detergent
  • One gallon of water
  • Clean with soft bristle brush
  • Allow mixture to soak into fabric for up to 15 minutes
  • Rinse thoroughly until all detergent residue is removed
  • Air dry
  • Repeat if necessary
  • Retreatment of fabric for water and stain resistance will be necessary (See Below)

As part of the finishing process, Sunbrella fabrics are treated with a fluorocarbon finish, which enhances water repellency.  This finish is designed to last for several years, but must be replenished after a thorough cleaning.  Based on test results, our distributor recommends 303 High Tech Fabric Guard, as the preferred re-treatment product for Sunbrella fabric.  Fabrics should be re-treated after thorough cleaning or after five years of use.

Application of 303 High Tech Fabric Guard

  • Clean Sunbrella fabric, using one of the aforementioned cleaning methods
  • Allow Sunbrella to completely air dry
  • Apply 303 Fabric Guard in a well ventilated area following instructions on container
  • Apply 303 in a thin, even coat and allow fabric to dry completely
  • Apply a second thin, even coating of 303.  (Two light coatings are more effective in restoring fabric water resistance than a single heavy coating.  A 15-ounce bottle provides coverage of up to 50 square feet of fabric.)

Helpful Hints:

  • Protect the area around the Sunbrella fabric when using a bleach solution – bleach may discolor non-Sunbrella fabrics.  ALWAYS rinse Sunbrella thoroughly to completely remove bleach
  • You may have access to professional awning cleaning firms.  In evaluating the services of a firm, you should inquire about a firm’s experience in working with Sunbrella fabrics and knowledge of cleaning and re-treatment requirements.  DO NOT dry clean Sunbrella fabrics.
  • Please be aware of the environment when cleaning with bleach.  Bleach can have harmful effects on the natural environment around you.  We do not advise using bleach if you are surrounded by a body of water or other environment that could be affected.
  • Use of bleach and/or advanced age of the fabric application may impact the deterioration of the sewing thread and other non-Sunbrella components.
  • The above cleaning methods and instructions are merely recommendations and should be considered as such.


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