Comparing our Off-White, Champagne & Sand Colors September 26 2018, 0 Comments

We at Tough Tops do our best to address questions we get from our wonderful customers to make everyone’s user experience with us the best it can possibly be. One question we get often  is also one that is sorta tough to answer: “What is the difference in color between our off-white, champagne and sand colors on our 15oz. fabric?”

First off we have stated that our colors do NOT match A&E Dometic or Carefree of Colorado! The Tough Top colors of off-white, champagne and sand are not far off from each other, but they do have different color shades and this can be important when trying to choose the right color for your needs. On our website we do have color swatches and we also overlay those colors over an awning to give you an IDEA of what the color may look like on your rig.

The Tough Top Awnings website showing colors

We sell 95% of our awnings through our website and this means most of you are seeing the awning colors though the eyes of your computer. And for those who have computer knowledge know that computers show you color differently depending on the room light and glare... BUT more importantly by the color calibration of your computer monitor. We put this to the test one day at our offices and saw that the color swatches on the website slightly varied from the three computers we had in the office.

SO, WHAT TO DO? To be honest, the computer calibration has not been a big issue but wanted to bring it to everyone’s attention….most folks just want to see the differences in the shades between the three….So below are the three colors next to each other for comparison. If you still are not sure, the next step would be to contact us and we can send you a fabric color sample so you can see the color in person to make the right choice.

Click here to go to the 15oz page and learn more

If anyone has any questions or comments or suggestions about our colors feel free to contact us….We would love to hear from you.

To learn about all our products and see complete product list, click HERE

*** If you are concerned or interested in the calibrating of your computer screen….First off I would go to a website you know and have a good understanding of the colors….for example, if you shop at Target, go get a Target bag or newspaper ad and compare the red color of the logo with what’s on your screen…if it’s off you know your screen needs calibrating….here is a link to help you out.

Happy RVing

Differences between 15oz. and 18oz. fabrics June 08 2016, 1 Comment

 We receive a number of phone calls from our customers confused on the differences between our Premium 15oz. fabric and our 18oz. fabric so I will try to answer those questions.

Our 15oz. Premium laminate fabric has been with us from day one. Laminates are two pieces of fabric glued together. Its tremendous tensile strength is obvious by the close up photo comparing it to the most popular original fabric manufacturer (OEM).



More points of adhesion means it stays together better. Admittedly OEM  laminate fabrics have a bad reputation precisely because they use light inferior fabric that is known to delaminate. This is also why they are hemmed on the  edges. From the ground they look great but they just don’t  last long.  

After ten years experience with our premium 15 oz fabric in the field we simply do not have delaminating issues. The same is true for our 18 oz fabric, BUT for a very different reason.    Technically it is classified as a “coated” fabric because the production process is totally different. It is one piece…period! Not two pieces glued together.

 Literally its impossible to delaminate. Being 18oz. it obviously is heavier BUT surprisingly it is less expensive due to its simpler production process.

If you’re a customer debating on which way to go hopefully this will help. Our color choices are more expansive with our Premium fabric and currently our 18 oz fabric is available in white and sand, but shortly we will be adding more color selections. Watch our website or give us call for more information. By nature our Premium 15 oz fabric is stiffer (remember it is 2 pieces glued together) which is a positive because slide out awnings by design can turn into a wind tunnel depending on the force and direction of the wind. If you’re an experienced RV’er you may have had a beating slide out awning keep you from getting a good nights sleep.    For this reason very often we will suggest going with this fabric.   


On the other hand our 18 oz coated fabric handles the wind just fine, but it is not as rigid. The deciding factor for us at Tough Top Awnings is the size and depth of your slide out. The less weight you have the less  stress you have on your roller tube and spring mechanism.  Our suggestion is whenever you go over 12’ wide(or long/ however you look at it) and over 34” deep, fabric weight must be considered. For example 18oz. fabric would be fine on bedroom slide of 90” X  42” but not on a living room slide of 144” x 40”. Looking at it a different way 18oz. fabric would be fine on an  175” X  18” slide out. 


Remember, Consider both length and depth and if you still not sure please call Tyler at 360-980-0537.


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