How Much Does Awning Fabric Repair or Replacement Cost?

Typical Range:

$2,000 - $14,500

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Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.

Updated November 18, 2021

Written by HomeAdvisor.

On average, expect to pay about $730 for your awning fabric replacement and approximately $225 for awning repair. Exact costs typically range from $350 to $1,000, with some homeowners paying as much as $1,700 for large patio fabric replacement. There are many different types of fabric, severity of repairs, and sizes of awnings, so the relative cost depends entirely on what requires fixing or replacing.

Potential problems can range from tears and small rips to extensive fraying and large holes. A simple snag in your RV awning fabric is easier than replacing the entire fabric awning on your patio. If not properly repaired, your awning could leak, become water damaged, or fail to provide protection from the elements. For difficult repairs and full fabric replacements, it’s usually best to hire a pro to ensure a lasting fix.

Average Cost to Repair or Replace Awning Fabric

Average Cost$730
High Cost$1,700
Low Cost$100

Awning Fabric Replacement Prices

The cost of awning replacement for your RV or patio canopy ranges from $200 to $1,400 for the materials only, depending on the size and type of fabric. Some fabrics are heavy-duty and mildew-resistant and cost more, while others are thin and don’t offer as much protection.

You’ll need to replace the awning fabric if it's severely ripped and doesn't protect the area underneath from the elements. Some RV and homeowners replace their awning fabric if it’s outdated, faded by the sun, or they want a fresh look for their outdoor space.

If you only need to replace parts of the fabric, your costs are lower. If you have large tears or fraying at the edges, a replacement makes more sense long-term than repairing it.

If you can, wait until the fall or winter to look for replacement fabric and repair quotes. Prices tend to decrease in the off-season.

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Awning Fabric Installation Cost

Fabric replacement installation ranges from $100 to $300 per project, based on the size of the awning and the complexity of its location. For example, you might pay $100 for an RV awning fabric replacement but $300 for a patio awning fabric replacement above a deck.

Repairing Awning Fabric

If you have a small hole or tear in your awning, it often makes sense to repair it instead of replacing the entire fabric. To repair your awning, it costs between $100 and $400, depending on the severity of the issue and the type of awning fabric.

  • Cotton Canvas: Repairs usually cost between $100 and $200.

  • Acrylic Coated Polyester: Expect to pay between $150 and $250.

  • Polyester: Repairs cost $150 to $300 on average.

  • Vinyl: Repairs range from $200 to $400 on average.

Removing and Discarding Old Fabric

If you replace your awning yourself, you can discard your fabric awning parts at your local transfer station. The fee is usually less than $20. If you hire a professional to replace your awning fabric, the contractor’s price usually includes removal and disposal.

Repairing the Valance

You can typically repair the valance on your canopy for between $50 and $150 if it’s a rip, snag, leak, or fraying issue. Larger patch repairs are often more expensive.

Awning Fabric Replacement Cost by Size

Replacing awning fabric largely depends on the size and the type of fabric. Awning fabrics come in hundreds of colors, from cotton canvas to vinyl. Pricing ranges from $5.50 to $10 per square foot. More basic colors and fabrics are on the low end, while detailed patterns and heavy fabrics are on the higher end.

For example, an 8-foot-by-14-foot cotton canvas fabric replacement for your RV might cost $300, while a 12-foot-by-14-foot vinyl awning replacement for your patio might cost $900. Get at least three quotes for your awning’s exact measurements before buying your replacement fabric.

DIY vs. Hire an Awning Pro

If you repair your awning yourself, you can save between $50 and $400 of the total project cost, primarily in labor costs. If you’re replacing the fabric on your awning, you’ll need a few tools and at least two people to help you.

But a DIY repair or replacement job can have a few downfalls:

  • Improper repairs can lead to breaks and leaks in the canopy.

  • Possible damage to your awning can occur due to a lack of experience.

  • Shoddy repair work is often more expensive long-term than hiring a professional the first time.

  • An improperly applied fabric repair kit can cause additional or exacerbated rips and tears.

  • An obvious patching job can reduce your canopy’s aesthetic.

  • There’s a chance of injury to you or others nearby.

Hiring an awning repair professional near you ensures your awning receives correct restoration, looks seamless with the rest of your awning, and protects the area underneath from the elements. They know how to handle complex jobs and retractable awnings, so no other parts get damaged in the process.

DIY Repair Kits and Tape

A replacement awning fabric kit costs between $20 and $100. You can find them online or at home improvement stores. Kits work best for small patches, such as those 6 inches in diameter or smaller, not larger repair projects. You can also find fabric tape for $10 to $20 to repair punctures and tears, but not holes. Fabric tape isn’t strong enough to hold two pieces of vinyl or polyester together.

FAQs

Can you replace the fabric on a retractable awning?

Yes, you can replace the fabric on a retractable awning. You’ll want to measure carefully to get an exact replacement fit and hire an awning professional to install it for you, so no other parts get damaged in the process.

How long does a fabric awning last?

Awning fabric usually lasts 8 to 10 years but can last up to 15 years if well-maintained. Choosing high-quality fabric, such as vinyl, can increase the lifespan of your awning. Protecting it from severe weather, like thunderstorms and high winds, saves your awning from damage and wear and tear. Always retract your awning before a storm or strong winds.

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