The Awning

Awnings In General

An awning is an exterior structure attached to the outside wall of a building or residence. The primary function of an awning is to provide added shelter to doors, windows, sidewalks, decks, patios, and other areas. A typical awning shields sunlight and rain, while more durable awnings will also block snow and heavy winds. Common materials found in an awning are canvas, screen, vinyl,  tin, aluminum, steel, plastic, and wood.

Awning over a patio area

Retractable awnings are a popular design if the owner wants to regulate when the awning is functional, and when the awning is closed up, allowing exposure to the elements or to protect the awning from damage during extreme weather. The main two types of propulsion for a retractable awning are manual cranks, and electric motors.

Stronger, more weather resistant awnings are constructed entirely of light weight aluminum, featuring rugged framing and thin aluminum panels. The panels are often painted with enamel that is baked-on to the aluminum, creating a durable coating. These aluminum awnings provide year-round protection for your furniture, cooler environment around your home, and have an expected usable life well over 40 years.

In conclusion, there are many different styles and types of awnings available on the market today. Most applications require custom dimensions and professional installation. We hope this information has been helpful in providing useful information about awnings.

Canvas Awnings

Canvas AwningCanvas awnings are popular with living areas that require shade and little amount of load capacity for snow or other structure compromising material. Canvas Awnings are also susceptible to damage in heavy winds, and also losing their color, as fabrics tend to fade in extensive sunshine. Canvas Awnings are often framed with aluminum, steel, or wood. 828-217-3553

We recommend an aluminum awning