There could be a variety of reasons, including 

  • Age and general wear and tear.
  • Rocks, stones, sticks, and other sharp-edged debris.
  • Wind, thunderstorms, snowstorms, hailstorms, and other serious weather conditions.

Depending on what caused the damage, your awning may look better or worse for wear. You may have small, minor tears or bigger rips right through the fabric. Here are the basic types of awning damage.

Small Holes

These holes may sometimes be so small you don’t even see them. You’ll first notice something is wrong with your awning when you feel raindrops on your head while sitting beneath it.

As you can imagine, with continued use, those small holes will eventually grow, becoming more problematic with time.

Small Tears

Small tears are those that measure three feet or less. These are more visible, unlike small holes, yet manageable. If you catch these and patch them up quickly, the tears shouldn’t become any bigger.

Large Holes

Large holes are sometimes also gouges, and may be caused by something poking through the awning, extreme weather conditions, or even by ignoring small holes. These holes make the awning practically unusable, as the sunlight will peer through the hole and rain can easily get through as well.