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No yawning under an awning that has fun patterns or colors

But first decide between fabric or studier aluminum covers

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This is the final in a three-part series about awnings for your home in Mexico. See Part 1 and Part 2.

So far, we have reviewed the benefits of adding an awning to your home in Mexico and covered the different types of awnings available and what to look for when selecting the frame, motor and cassette.

Now we will review the best options for awning covers.

Most folks go with either an outdoor fabric or aluminum blinds. If you are looking for the solution that requires less maintenance, then aluminum is probably the best direction. Aluminum blinds are also sturdier than fabric. The downside of aluminum is that it is more prone to rusting and denting.

If you go the fabric route, you give up some of the benefits of less maintenance and strength. The upside is that you will have far more options when it comes to patterns and colors.

The only fabric you should consider for awnings is performance fabric. These revolutionary materials repel liquids, resist stains and are super easy to clean. They also have color fastness, so they do not fade. Most people have heard of the brand name Sunbrella, which is a performance fabric. New brands on the market that offer the same quality, yet are lower in cost, are LiveSmart, Phifer and Revolution Fabrics. These companies provide outstanding covers not only for awnings but also for interior and exterior upholstered furniture such as sofas, dining chairs and headboards. Many covers also offer UV protection, which is vital in Mexico’s climate.

Make sure to confirm whether the fabric cover is waterproof or water-resistant. Laminated fabrics, ones that are made from vinyl-coated polyester, are waterproof. Woven fabrics, ones that are made from acrylics, become just water-resistant over time. If you want to sit under your awning when it rains, opt for waterproof.

An awning that is sewn, rather than glued, tends to last longer. Although glues used today on awnings are much better than in the old days, one that is sewn is going to be more reliable.

Now the fun part — selecting the color. Don’t let the hundreds of pattern and color options overwhelm you if you have opted for a fabric awning. Look for a color that complements the overall look of your home or condo, both the outside and the inside. Remember that light colors block and reflect sunlight and heat more than dark shades.   

If you want more shade, consider adding side panels. These additional components make the space feel like an added room.

Awnings, with proper care and maintenance, can last from 15 to 20 years. Hand wash your awning through the season to keep it clean. Have it professionally cleaned every couple of years to keep it waterproof. Inspect for rust and corrosion regularly so you can treat and coat before it becomes a big problem.

Awnings add so much to a home in Mexico. Many companies offer no-obligation quotes. Contact furniture@solutionsmexico.com, to be connected with some are companies that are reputable. Sheryl Novak is an expat from Canada who sells furniture at solutionsmexico.com.

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