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Fabric vs. Metal Window Awnings: Which Material Is Best?

Now, more than ever, people are looking for cost-effective ways to add value to their homes. Window awnings are one of the most effective tools you can use in this endeavor. When you add these tried-and-true shade solutions to your home, the next question to ask yourself is this: metal window awnings or fabric window awnings?

At SummerSpace®, we don’t interpret this question as a debate. Both our Robusta fabric awnings and our aluminum awnings provide much-needed shade, privacy, energy savings, and aesthetic appeal to homes. Rather, we treat this as a case-by-case discussion. Every home is different. Therefore, the best choice ultimately depends on your goals.

The Truth About Fabric Window Awnings and Metal Window Awnings

Like every other product choice you face, both of these window awning options present their advantages and challenges. While no particular style is objectively better than the other, there are situations in which one of them may be a better fit for the owners and their homes. 

Fabric Window Awnings

Our Robusta Window Awnings are made from premium outdoor fabric. These awnings are lightweight and fall into the retractable awnings category. This means you can extend the awning when you need the extra shade, and roll it back up when the weather strikes.


Wide range of color options. The marine-grade Tempotest® fabric with which we make our window awnings come in a wide range of colors, making it easy to find the perfect shade to complement your home’s aesthetic.

Versatile design options. Fabric window awnings can be made in a variety of sizes, making them ideal for a range of architectural styles. You also have the option to add drop screens to a SummerSpace retractable awning for enhanced shade protection.

Energy efficient. The shade protection from fabric window awnings can reduce the amount of heat that enters your home and help to keep it cool.

Low maintenance. Fabric window awnings are relatively low maintenance, requiring only occasional cleaning to keep them looking their best.


Less durable. Fabric window awnings are less durable than metal awnings and are more likely to be damaged by wind, rain, and other elements.

Shorter lifespan. Because fabric awnings are less durable in comparison to metal awnings, they have a shorter lifespan and are more susceptible to fading and tearing if not properly cared for.

More susceptible to mold and mildew. Fabric window awnings are more susceptible to mold and mildew if not maintained, particularly in humid climates. 

Metal Window Awnings

SummerSpace Aluminum Window Awnings never rust and are available in 13 gorgeous colors.


More durable. Metal window awnings are more durable than fabric awnings and can withstand wind, rain, and other elements.

Long lifespan. Metal window awnings have a longer lifespan than fabric awnings and are more resistant to fading, corrosion, and damage from the elements.

Low maintenance. Metal window awnings require very little maintenance, making them ideal for homeowners who want as hands-off an experience as possible.


Fewer color options. While all our metal window awnings are excellent in both look and performance, there are fewer color options. The fabric awnings, in comparison, are more customizable in terms of color and pattern to match your home’s aesthetic.

Heavier. Metal window awnings are much heavier than fabric awnings, making them more challenging to install and remove.

Fixed nature. Metal window awnings fall into the fixed awning category. Thus, you don’t have the capacity to retract the awnings if you want to change the look and coverage of your exterior. 

Fabric and Metal Window Awnings from SummerSpace

As these examples demonstrate, there is no catch-all solution when it comes to fabric or metal window awnings. The good news is that when you choose a SummerSpace awning, you’re sure to have a more beautiful, functional outdoor space with whatever you choose. Get in touch with a SummerSpace dealer today and discover for yourself which solution is best for you.

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