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First, it’s swelteringly hot. Then, relief falls from the sky in the form of cool droplets and darkened clouds. Then, it’s hot and sunny. Again.

If you live in the Southwest, you likely experience this cycle over and over again every year, meaning your property is regularly battered by the elements. And while waterproofing your awning might not feel necessary due to the high temperatures and plentiful sunshine of the region, you might be surprised.

Specifically, here’s what you need to know about the power of a waterproof awning — as well as what actually repels water as opposed to absorbing it.

A waterproof Sunesta awning in the Southwest

Not Waterproof Means Weaker Awning

While retractable awnings have grown in popularity among Southwestern homeowners, not all fabrics offer the same level of waterproofing.

For example, metal awnings can protect against inclement weather conditions but may suffer from corrosion over time if exposed to saltwater environments or acidic precipitation.

Fabrics such as canvas and vinyl, on the other hand, are not waterproof either. They can protect against light rain but may need to be treated with a waterproofing solution or retreated every few years.

What’s more, canvas tends to absorb moisture and become prone to mold and mildew growth, while synthetic materials are often better suited for preventing water buildup in the Southwestern weather.

The Strength of Sunesta’s Fabrics

Sunesta provides homeowners with top-of-the-line retractable awnings made to repel water and block out the sun’s UV rays. Thanks to its tough acrylic fibers, this fabric does not breed mold or mildew, no matter how much it rains!

Specifically, these synthetic fibers are constructed using a blend of…

  • Vinyl
  • Acrylic
  • Polyester

And if you’re worried about color fading, don’t be — these fabrics are 100% solution-dyed so that their colors last year after year of exposure to the Southwestern sun.

With a high-quality waterproof product like Sunesta’s retractable awning system, your outdoor living area will stay sheltered in any weather condition!

Above and Beyond for Your Comfort

Overall, the Southwest region of the United States receives vastly different levels of rainfall depending on location. Even within a single state, there can be massive discrepancies with some locations receiving more than forty inches annually while others may not even reach five inches.

Regardless, given the unpredictability of the region’s precipitation, it’s always wise to invest in a waterproof fabric for your awning!

And with Sunesta, you get the best of both worlds: both waterproof for rainy days and fade-resistant from direct sun exposure.

So if you’re a Southwestern resident ready to take the next step in ensuring your awning — and your favorite outdoor area — can withstand the test of time, contact us today or call 1-800-SUNESTA for a FREE estimate! We look forward to providing you with revolutionary shade.