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What to Consider Before Purchasing Home Awnings

Digital Strategies Support - Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Are you thinking about purchasing permanent awnings for home use? If so, there are lots of things to think about! Making the right awnings purchase will depend on lots of factors, such as how you intend to use the awnings, what kind of maintenance you’re willing to perform, how much you’d like to spend, and more. When you work with Dorchester Awnings, we’ll take all of these considerations into account when we design custom awnings just for your home. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the things we look at to decide on which kind of awnings are right for our customers.


There are many kinds of awning fabric materials to choose from when it comes to permanent awnings for homes. One of the most popular residential awning material is solution-dyed Acrylic fabrics. This is a tightly woven fabric and there are a number of vendors who make high-quality products – such as Sunbrella (made here in the USA), and a number of other suppliers from all over the world giving you a huge selection of solid-colors and colorful to subdued stripe patterns. Another popular material is vinyl. Vinyl is very durable and can be completely waterproof, which makes it popular for year-round canopies and is a favorite for larger canopies. 

These are just two popular types of materials, but at Dorchester Awnings we offer many more choices. We’ll work with you to identify just the right material and color for your unique needs!


Proper maintenance is a must when it comes to custom awnings. It’s important to treat your awnings with care in every season in order to enjoy them for years to come. Your region likely will determine what kind of maintenance you should expect to perform on your awnings. For instance, in rain or heavy snow, awnings should be retracted. The buildup of rain and snow can damage awnings due to stress from the weight. Furthermore, mildew can also ruin a nice set of awnings. If you live in a region that’s particularly humid or suffers from heavy winters, you may need to perform more maintenance to keep your awnings looking great.

Dorchester Awnings will take your region into account when we design your custom awnings, as well as what kinds of maintenance you’re able to perform. With our help, you’ll enjoy a product that’s just right for your individual circumstances.

Colors and Design

One of the most fun parts of designing permanent awnings for home use is choosing just the right design! Dorchester Awnings prides ourselves on having created countless beautiful awnings over the years. Our team of design experts knows just what it takes to design an awning that perfectly suits your home and yard. With your input, we’ll develop a design that you can be proud of and that sets you apart from your neighbors. Whether you’re looking for a retractable awning or residential window awnings, we have many styles and materials to choose from. Learn more about our design process on our website!

These are just a few things to consider when purchasing permanent awnings for home use. Contact us today to learn more about how Dorchester Awnings can design just the right awnings for you!

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