Even the most durable awning fabrics do eventually wear out. Unless the awning has been hit by an avalanche of snow coming off the roof, the frame, which is usually aluminum, is still serviceable and does not need replacing. For fixed awnings, whether “lace-up” variety or the “pre-stretched and stapled” type, we can normally save money, simply by replacing the cover and not replacing the frame. The covers of retractable awnings can also be replaced when they show signs of wear. It is helpful to know the manufacturer’s name but not essential.