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Awning Types

Since there are so many types of awnings, they can literally cast a shadow anywhere on the home. So most often they’re installed over open areas that can lead to harmful exposure. For instance, since we spend so much time on our porches, wouldn’t it be nice to sit outside without squinting or sweating. Why not eat breakfast on the balcony without risking sunburn? In fact, why let rain stop you from barbecuing on the patio? But smaller awnings can also be put above windows and doorways.

Window panes soak up a lot of sun and then transfer this solar energy into the home, which makes your AC run double-time. But a canopy can block this heat from the house as well as redirect rainwater from the foundation. And if you have a metal door it can get scorching hot in the summer, which is not only inconvenient but dangerous. An awning above the entryway is a cheap and easy way to remove heat buildup.

They’re available in varying shapes and styles, and they can come in any pattern, color, or size, so take your time in selecting a model that best fits your exterior. But the next step is choosing a particular design. Here are a few basic awning types:

Fixed: A canopy permanently installed on the home’s exterior. It’s certainly sturdy and stable, but it can also collect snow and receive strong wind gusts. Therefore, hire an expert for installation to make sure it can endure the impact.

Retractable: Probably the most popular model, these awnings can be rolled or folded up when not in use. Therefore they provide the sturdiness of a stationary unit without the threat of wind damage or snow buildup during inclement weather.

Motorized: Motorized: These awnings use an electric mechanism to roll the canopy and can even be operated by remote to keep you out of the rain. They’re also available with sensors that monitor the weather, activating the unit when it’s sunny and retracting it when the wind picks up. Always make sure the unit has an automatic override so if the motor breaks you can still hand crank it.

Awning Valances

Awning Valances