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Vanguard® Awning Fabrics

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.

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.

Vanguard is engineered to be easy to work with and handle. The fabric has a smooth matte surface and is readily assembled with standard or electronic welding processes.  Additionally, Vanguard is made with a special proprietary PVC film formulation that resists scratching and eliminates installation related damage, to give the finished awning the best possible look and most favorable impact. Vanguard fabrics are top coated with Herculite’s Rain Kleen®, a specially formulated and proprietary top coating system that helps prolong fabric life and preserve its color intensity. It also acts as a barrier between the fabric and applied vinyl graphics. This prevents plasticizer migration, which is the leading cause of pressure-sensitive graphics failure. Vanguard is available in 14 vibrant solid colors, is flame resistant and meets the requirements of the California State Fire Marshal (CSFM).

Vanguard is made in America and is the ideal architectural PVC composite fabric for awnings and canopies, poolside structures, car shelters, patio covers, walkway coverings, privacy screens, curtains and in-home decorative ceilings, awnings and drapes.  

While performance and durability characterizes our entire line of fabrics, Vanguard® is on the cutting edge of synthetic fiber technology, delivering industry-leading long life commercial awning fabric.

With Vanguard®, we implemented the latest technology and tools to create the longest lasting commercial awning fabric in the business. You can be confident telling your customers that no other awnings will look fresher and cleaner longer than yours.

The Vanguard brand awning fabrics are presented in fourteen (14) designer solid colors.

  • SPF 50+
  • Waterproof
  • Made in America
  • 14 vibrant colors and patterns
  • Age, fade, dirt and mildew resistant.
  • Eight-year manufacturers limited warranty
  • Can be sewn or welded using heat, radio frequency, solvent, hot air or wedge welded
  • Waterproof, dimensionally stable; no shrinkage, stretch, sagging, pocketing or leakage common to woven awning fabrics
  • Accepts most types of applied pressure sensitive graphics.
  • Flame retardant; CSFM Title 19, NFPA 701, ASTM E84 Class A, M2
  • Rain Kleen II top coat for prolonged fabric life and enhanced cleanability
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Beats Whatever the Weather Brings

Vanguard® is a waterproof long life commercial canopy fabric that prevents moisture and other factors that warp, wear, or fade other fabrics. Dampness and wetness can penetrate other fabrics, making them stain or mildew right before your eyes. With Vanguard®, you don’t have to worry about water damage or wear-and-tear. Any water that falls on your awning beads up and runs right off.

In addition to its waterproof properties, Vanguard® is resistant to:

  • UV rays
  • Snow and inclement weather
  • Oil
  • Chemicals
  • Stains
  • Mildew

The same technology that keeps Vanguard® safe from the elements also makes it easy to clean — it usually only needs a light spray with the hose. These properties make Vanguard® the best extended life commercial awning fabric in the business, and a trusted product to offer your customers.

Get Just the Right Fit

Vanguard® commercial awning fabric is built for long life and to maintain the ideal balance between strength and stretch. It moves easily around curves and corners, ensuring that your awnings and canopies have the exact sort of shapes your customers want. The extended life technology that makes Vanguard® such a long lasting fabric also helps the fit stay tight throughout the life of the awning.

Performance and Style

Our waterproof commercial awning fabric comes in a wide variety of styles and colors. You can browse our selection to find the look and feel your customers want for their homes or businesses. The perfect awning can be a crucial part of any new decorating or renovation, and you can benefit from our variety of stylish options.

Setting High Standards for Safety

Vanguard® flame-resistant commercial awning fabric is designed with safety in mind — it won’t ignite in the event of a flame nearby. Unlike other fabrics, it meets the strict California State Fire Marshall (CSFM) requirements for flame resistance, making it the safest choice for your customers.  CSFM Title 19, NFPA 701, ASTM E84 Class A, M2

Interested in learning more about Vanguard® awning fabrics? Contact us online or give us a call at 800-772-0036 with any questions you may have.


Description Vinyl laminated on a weft insertion scrim base of high tenacity filament polyester.
Weight 17 oz. per lineal yard
Width 62 inches / 157.48 centimeters
Surface Top surface treated with Rain Kleen® for color retention and prolonged fabric life.
Transparency Some light color shades offer good illumination.
Abrasion Resistance Excellent
Dimensional Stability Excellent
Flexibility Excellent in both hot and cold environments
Flame Resistance Meets California State Fire Marshall Title 19, NFPA-701 ASTM E84-81A Flame Spread Rating Class A (15)
Mildew Resistance Excellent
Chemical Resistance Excellent
Water Repellency Excellent – Water Proof
Oil Resistance Excellent
Sewability Excellent
Heat Sealability Excellent. Can be sealed by hot air weg welder or radio frequency bar type.

Care and Cleaning

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. Herculite’s Rain Kleen® surface treatments further enhance longevity and ease of maintenance. Vanguard® is dimensionally stable. Properly fastened to the frame, it will retain its trim fit as well as its protective function and aesthetic value. Since no material is impervious to all hazards, proper maintenance is important if maximum life of the product is to be realized.

The following maintenance suggestions are offered:

  1. Keep clean. Occasional hosing with clear water will prevent dirt accumulation. Most dirt accumulation
    can be removed by mild soap, water and a soft scrub brush. Rinse thoroughly. In
    extreme cases, most dirt can be removed by applying half strength bleach and brushing softly
    to cover thoroughly the necessary area. Allow solution to remain for two or three minutes, then
    thoroughly rinse with clear water, protecting surrounding materials or plant growth that might
    be damaged by the bleach. Do not use solvent based cleaners.
  2. In areas particularly conductive to mildew, brush away any visible accumulation of dirt on
    underside. Mildew can grow on dirt, but does not grow on or attack the Vanguard vinyl.
  3. Use care during installation, take down and transporting. Frictional heat, particularly at the
    folds, can damage the surface. Sufficient frictional heat can create holes.
  4. Avoid excessive wind whip or flapping. Normally fastened sections or panels should be rolled
    or restrained when not in use.

Limited Warranty

Vanguard® Awning Fabrics are guaranteed for a period of eight (8) years from date of original installation against rot or excessive deterioration, mildew stains, excessive loss of strength or color change if they occur in normal use and exposure, including sunlight and normal atmospheric chemicals. (Some color change is unavoidable due to ultraviolet rays and chemicals in the atmosphere.)

In the unlikely event of failure of fabric during the eight (8) year period from date of original installation, we will supply you, the original owner or the provider of your protective fabric accessories with replacement fabric at no charge. This warranty protects you against damage to the fabric accessories used under normal conditions. It does not cover damage to the fabric from acts of God, vandalism, neglect or improper use.

This warranty is in lieu of all warranties expressed or implied, and Herculite Products Inc. will not be liable for any consequential or incidental damage. Any implied warranties imposed by law are limited in time to the duration of the expressed warranty.

Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts or the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damage, so, the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.

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Interested in learning more about Coastline Plus® awning fabrics? Fill out the form below or give us a call at 800-772-0036 to request more information or for a quote for your home or business.
Colonial Blue
Deep Red
Deepsea Blue
Designer White
Driftwood Gray
Glade Green
Ocean Blue
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