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    Posted: 02 April 2015 at 3:52pm
Sailrite:

Thank you for hosting such a great website/forum.  You have created an invaluable (and I'm sure quite profitable) resource.  Thank you for all the videos, instruction & information!!

I am following the Sailrite "Retractable Awning Fabric Replacement Video" to replace the canvas on a retractable awning.  Based on the instructions in that video, I've made the following measurements:
  • Required Width:  166.5"
  • Cut Length:  125.5"
The original canvas appears to have been constructed from 46" wide Sunbrella.  On your website, I can see that the replacement Sunbrella fabric we've chosen comes in both 46" and 60".  Using the Sailrite Fabric Calculator, I can see that I can by using the 60" fabric, I can order 3.5 yards less fabric and save a few clams if I use the 60" instead of duplicating the 46" from the original.

Is this advisable?  What problems/challenges will I encounter (if any) by changing to the wider fabric?

Any advice is appreciated.  Thanks.

-Jim
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Typically solid colors come in both 46" and in 60" widths. Awning Stripes (now called Shade by Sunbrella) are always 46". But the material is the same construction.
 
In all cases if the wider width can be used, and the seams will be positioned in a pleasing manner, then get the wider material. It will actually reduce the labor a bit too.
 
Glad you like the videos!
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