Trending Architecture Is The New Thing

Function may lead you to awnings, but form will win you over. Custom options for awnings have exploded in the last few decades. New fabrics, topcoatings, color printing and fabric graphics options have made almost anything you can conceive a reality.

Beyond shade and UV protection, awnings can actually enhance your existing architecture. Consider installing custom awnings to accent and draw out the most beautiful parts of your architecture.

Enhance with illumination. Illuminated, or backlit, awnings bring enhanced color and beauty to your architecture. Custom designs and colors become more noticeable and attractive with a well-placed backlit structure. Use soft light and colors to create a welcoming atmosphere, or bolder colors with dynamic lighting to make your awnings stand-out.

Extend usable space beyond your door. Awnings extend usable space beyond your door. Draw out the architecture of your building over a deck, patio or backyard space with a custom awning. Awnings also allow you to project your thematic architectural components over an outdoor space. This impressive extension of your space will give a unique and thoughtful touch to your architecture. Colors and design components from interior spaces can be incorporated in the outdoor space, allowing your architecture to be enjoyed in different moods and lighting.

Create a custom decor. If you value your architectural theme, consider using awnings to create a custom decor. Awnings can make particularly strong architectural statements at front entrances and facades. The architectural elements of a building are given attention and complement by well-designed custom awnings. Accenting your architecture with custom-colored and custom-designed shade structures will draw attention to the building as a whole. The well-designed architectural elements of the building will not be lost to the awnings, but drawn-out by them. Awnings can be designed into new architecture or custom-built to be incorporated over existing structures. A nearly endless palette of colors and custom graphics can be applied to awnings.

Protect your building. Some of the finest detail and most pleasing architecture is concentrated around the doors and windows of a building. Use custom awnings to draw attention to these areas and to protect them from the elements. Awnings reduce wear from wind, rain, UV damage, solar radiation and other types of weathering. This precaution will look good and extend the life of your building’s finest assets.

Contact Canvas Craft at (888) 428-4325 to enhance your architecture with custom awnings. Our awning and shade structure experts can discuss design, budget and custom options with you to find the perfect fit for your building.

Make That Beautiful Fabric Out Front Last Longer

Known for its durability and strength, canvas remains the material of choice for both commercial and residential awnings.

That being said, canvas is still vulnerable to natural wear and tear over time. So if you want to get the most out of your canvas awning, you’ve got to take care of it! With some routine maintenance, your awning will be looking great for years to come.

Keep it clean.

As we discussed last week, keeping your awning clean will not only maintain it’s visual appeal, it will ultimately prolong it’s life span. We suggest cleaning your awning about once a month for the best results.

To clean your canvas awning, you’ll need the following:

  • A ladder
  • A solution of dishwashing detergent and water
  • A spray bottle
  • Soft-bristled scrub brush

Once you have your supplies, the cleaning process is pretty straightforward: spray your awning down and start scrubbing. A little elbow grease will go a long way. Just remember to never use bleach in your cleaning solution (even if your awning is completely white). Bleach and canvas do not mix. Even a little bleach can cause your fabric to rot.

Once you’ve removed all of the stains, it’s time to give it a thorough rinse and allow it to dry for a few hours. A water-repellent should then be added to your awning. This will add a protective coat against the threat of environmental depletion over time.

Keep an eye out for signs of wear.

A vigilant eye is the best defense against irreversible damage. The following tips will help protect against serious damage to your canvas awning:

  • Check awning frames for rust, which can permanently stain or deteriorate canvas. To prevent rust buildup, we suggest re-painting your metal frames every 4-5 years.
  • Do not use a charcoal grill underneath your awning.
  • Protect your awning from being dragged across abrasive surfaces (e.g., cement and tar) during transport.
  • Get small rips and tears repaired as soon as possible.
  • When possible, store your awning inside during extreme weather
  • Make sure no twigs or leaves are stuck in between your awning and its frame, which can result in permanent staining.

Do you still have questions about canvas awning maintenance and care? The experts at Canvas Craft would be happy to help. Contact us today at 888-428-4325!

Do You See What Your Customers See

Awnings have adorned shopfronts since the Civil War era. New technologies in fabric graphics are now revitalizing the use of awnings in very creative ways.

Awnings are now able to be truly customized, thanks to printing methods, machinery and fabric that can reproduce virtually any color or graphic onto an awning.

Fabric graphics advancements

Advancements in fabric graphics technology have opened up a whole new world of awning signage possibilities. The biggest steps toward easily customizable awning fabrics have been taken by digital printing advancements. Today’s digital printing systems offer more options than ever at cost-effective rates. The technology and the affordability have fostered an environment for creativity in awning applications to thrive.

Awning providers have also devoted themselves to greater innovation in customizable awning options. Customers are able to have logos, colors, artwork and custom colors reproduced on awnings and awning fabric. Awnings will always be a wise choice for reducing solar heat gain, protecting interiors from UV radiation and lessening the effects of weathering from rain and storm debris. Now they can actually become an enhancement of your architecture, a symbol of your business and an extension of your brand.


There are several methods used to transfer digital images and colors to awning fabric, from the tried and true art of screen printing to technologically advanced vacuum heat source bonding. The best method for creating your custom awning will depend on the type of fabric you select, the application of your awning and the style and size of the graphics you want to apply.

  • Screen printing. A traditional, classic printing technique.
  • Pressure sensitive vinyl printing. 
  • Digital printing processes
  • Dye-sublimation printing
  • Vacuum and heat source bonding. A method where graphics are printed onto a film that is heated and then bonded to awning fabric.

Manufacturers can direct print on polyester substrates, catering to the new demand for customized outside signage textiles for awnings. The direct and dye-sublimation printing processes offer incredible consistency, high productivity and perfect image quality.

A particularly popular method uses a vacuum and heat source system to bond graphic film to awning fabric. Computer plotting of images creates very defined graphics, allowing consumers to create exact replicas printed on awning fabric.

Contact Canvas Craft to discuss employing fabric graphics technology on your custom awnings to revitalize your business. Our professional awning designers can transfer your logo, graphics, colors and vision onto your business awning.