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Best Awning Material

I wanted an opinion about the best material to use to make an awning. I have seen these screens that seem to filter the sun yet let air flow through. Are you better off with something like this or a true sun blocker like sunbrella?
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Most awnings are made of Sunbrella or something similar. That way they can serve two purposes—block the sun and keep the rain off. Sunbrella is probably more durable, weather resistant and longer lived than the material you're thinking of.
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Sunbrella is of course a registered trade name and is the product mostly used by professionals. However, it is expensive. Check your boat store or Westmarine for Herculite Acrylic canvas available in 1.57 width at prices around $30 a metre. There is a heavier version (probably called Yachtacrylic) in 2 metre width at around $44 a metre. Either would suit your purpose and both may be sewn easily on a heavy duty domestic sewing machine.

I made my cockpit cover from the Herculite with polyester webbing sewn around all sides and on the centreline. It is held in place with turnbuckles at the cabin end and Velcro tabs at the sternarch, so it rolls up when not needed. All up it cost about $200 and has made the cockpit far more comfortable, especially on hot days

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best awning material

Thanks for the fast replies! I guess my question is could the mesh awning provide a better sitting in the cockpit experience because it blocks most of the sun and lets air through. Or am I still better to have the opaque shade of a Sunbrella or sunbrella-like product because I am not building a solid box and plenty of air can get through?
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The air doesn't really travel vertically, through the bimini, but sunlight and rain do...so there's no point in not using a solid fabric for the bimini top IMHO.
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I'm guessing the mesh you're thinking of is Pfifertex (sp?) Look for it at sailrite.com. We use it for side curtains under a Sunbrella bimini - cuts the low angle late afternoon sun while letting in breeze & shedding a surprising amount of rain. SD's right tho, about the +/- of using it for a top.
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best awning material

That is what I was looking for - thanks for the advice.

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Awning cheaper ...

With mesh material, the more sun it blocks, the less air it allows through. A good sun blocker is 85% shade, so, do the math. Not much air will get through.

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sun protection screening

This sun screening product from Home Depot - http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...ocStoreNum=268
shows up on boats in the Bahamas and is even used as storage covers for boats here in S FL.
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