Vanguard® Awning and Shade Fabric

Vanguard is a high performance composite textile that incorporates specially engineered flexible polymer technology with a high performance polyester substrate. Made in America for over 20 years, Herculite’s Vanguard® has been the choice for the most demanding large architectural awning projects. Offering outstanding performance, value and durability as well as a broad palette of dramatic color choices, Vanguard awning fabric provides the look and dimensional stability needed to create architectural canopies that make bold statements about the facilities where they are used.


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Trusted to retain their pliability and color intensity, Vanguard fabrics are manufactured to deliver extreme strength and long-lasting dimensional stability. Vanguard vinyl and polyester composite fabrics contain superior outdoor pigments to ensure prolonged color retention and ultraviolet protection. Waterproof as well as mildew, dirt and stain resistant, the Vanguard formulation contains mildew inhibitors that will not support mildew growth. The fabric accepts most forms of applied, pressure sensitive graphics for decoration of the finished awning. Other decoration methods include solvent based digital printing, heat transfer films, heat sealed and inset vinyls, appliqué, screen printing and hand painting.

Construction Vinyl laminated on a weft insertion scrim base of high tenacity filament polyester.
Width 62 inches/1.57 meters
Roll Size 50 yds
Weight 17 oz./yd² +/- 10%
Finish Textured
Surface Treatment Rainkleen® Finish
Graphics Solvent based digital printing, heat transfer films, heat sealed and inset vinyls, appliqué, pressure vinyl graphics, screen printing and hand painting.
Welding Heat sealable & sewable
Warranty 8 Years
Flame Retardent CSFM Title 19, NFPA 701, ASTM E84 Class A, M2

Engineered to Last

Vanguard awning fabric is built for long life and to maintain the ideal balance between strength and stretch, moving easily around curves and corners.



Vanguard® is a waterproof long life commercial canopy fabric that prevents moisture and other factors that warp, wear, or fade other fabrics.


Age, Fade, Dirt and Mildew Resistant

Vanguard fabrics are top coated with Rain Kleen®, a proprietary top coating system that helps prolong fabric life and preserve its color intensity.


Made in America

Herculite awning fabrics are made in our facility in York, Pennsylvania for the finest in quality control. All our textiles are packaged to high standards to ensure easy use.

Where to buy Vanguard Awning and Shade fabrics?

All Herculite awning and shade fabrics are distributed exclusively through Trivantage. Use our locater or visit Trivantage's website to purchase.

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How do you weld Vanguard fabric?

Some of the most common methods used for seaming Vanguard Awning Fabric:

Hot Air Welding

This process of vinyl welding involves the use of hot air—varying from 200 to 600 degrees C or more—to weld two layers of fabric. A nozzle is inserted into the space between the two layers and the hot air is blown inside. Once the surfaces are hot enough, the layers are pressed together using pinch rollers. The weld is created once the rollers are finished pinching the fabrics together.

Radio Frequency Welding

Also known as high frequency or dielectric welding; uses radio waves to create heat.

Solvent Welding

In this process, chemical solvents are used to create a seam. The solvent is placed along the surface of the fabrics and allowed to rest for a short period of time. The solvent’s chemicals break down or soften the fabrics. Once the fabrics are soft enough, pressure is applied to create the seam.

Wedge Welding

Two pieces of fabric are passed through a wedge. The wedge is heated and as the fabrics move along, a roller is used to press them together; a seam is created.

Sewing Using Polyester or Teflon Thread

The seam is created using a sewing machine. Proper thread selection is critical especially when outdoor applications are subject to harsh weather elements. Polyester and Teflon threads offer strength and durability.

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What is the warranty?

Vanguard carries an eight-year limited manufacturer’s warranty. Complete warranty terms and conditions are available from Herculite Products Inc.

Vanguard Warranty information available here.

How do I maintain my Vanguard awning?

Vanguard Awning Fabric is a polyester reinforced PVC fabric that will provide many years of satisfactory service. It is waterproof, flame, mildew, stain and dirt resistant. The Rain Kleen® surface treatments further enhance longevity and ease of maintenance. Properly fastened to the frame, it will retain its trim fit as well as its protective function and aesthetic value. Since no industrial textile is impervious to all hazards, periodic and proper maintenance is important if maximum life of the product is to be realized.

Detailed care and cleaning instructions can be obtained from the manufacturer or distributor of Vanguard Awning Fabric.

Vanguard Care and Cleaning information available here.

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