Awnings are both decorative and functional – serving as a way to polish the look of your patio, yard, deck, or balcony while also providing shade and protection from the outdoor elements. Among the important considerations when it comes to awnings are location, style, and the material used.
Where to Install Awnings
On a porch or a patio, an awning can be ideal for protecting your outdoor furniture and extending your outdoor space. These can be fixed or stationary awnings or free-standing awnings that can be used and then packed away. Awnings can also be placed over windows and doors and entryways to offer protection from the sun, wind, and rain. By doing so, you can cut heat from windows and slash energy bills.
Styles to Complement Your Home
There are many styles of awnings to choose from including:
• Straight-edge traditional
• Semi-circular (often used for entryways)
• Gable walkway
• Double bar standard
The edges of awnings can also be tailored to the look and feel of your home. These can include scalloped, serpentine, Russian point, and gothic. Valances can also be added to awnings to add even more of a design element.
Colors and Materials
Like styles, there are many material options to choose from including polyester, cotton (resin, vinyl-laminated, or coated), canvas, mesh, acrylic, resin, and aluminum. Awnings that are constructed out of fabric offer the most customization in terms of style and color. However, they do require some amount of regular maintenance to keep them looking their best.
When choosing colors and materials, it’s important to consider the weather the awning will be exposed to along with the general style and color of your home. In most cases, it’s better to have lighter colored awnings because they do not trap heat and actually help to reflect the sunlight. They also tend to look cleaner longer than darker awnings.
At Outerware4Windows, we offer a color palette that includes 170 fashionable awning shades and many different patterns. We encourage you to visit our showroom and utilize our team to help you get the perfect awning for your home. Call us today at 800-391-9919 to learn more.