What are Different Types of Awnings?

AwningsIf you’re interested in redesigning your outdoor space, you may be curious about the different types of awnings available to you. A wide variety of variations on this basic theme provide effective shelter from elements, shade from the sun, or even a new look for the exterior of a building. In order to select the perfect product for your home, there are several considerations to be kept firmly in mind. First, what sort of budget will you have for the project? Next, which product, style, and material will render the maximum utility for the proposed space? Last, environmental considerations must be factored into your assessment—wind, precipitation levels, and the proposed use needs for your project area—so that you can select the best style and type of awning for your home.

Material Considerations

First, investigate the various materials from which awnings can be made. In large part, coated canvas is a popular choice. Fabrics can be dyed to create pleasing patterns or eye-catching shades that will add interest to your home’s façade. Vinyl is another inexpensive option, though it is subject to eventual fading and discoloration over time. Metal is a third option that is usually popular for stationary or permanently fixed awnings, but not typically used for functional spaces. Examples of this are decorative copper awnings over house windows, which are used to create an attractive appearance. For design ideas and ways to explore your options, the Professional Awning Manufacturer Association has produced a resources page. You can investigate awning types for homes or professional settings and browse a style gallery to fuel your creative engines.

Stationary or Retractable

Depending on your space, you may want to investigate different types of awning construction. Stationary models are typically affixed permanently to a structure. If you live in an area that receives abundant precipitation or is exceedingly windy, invite a specialist to assess the stability requirements you’ll need to observe to ensure such an awning will continue to be functional in the long run.

Retractable awnings are an extremely popular choice for the larger models. While those affixed over windows or doors can easily be stationary, a retractable awning can be rolled up when not in use. This precludes issues with the accumulation of snow or seasonal detritus and wind damage. Retractable awnings come in either manual or motorized varieties. Which type you select will largely depend on your needs and budget considerations, according to Home Advisor.

Free Standing

While the awning concept typically calls to mind a canted surface which slopes down at an angle similar to a shed roof design, another type may also be useful to consider. The pavilion style free-standing awning is useful for decks and patios. These types of awnings are generally made of fabric or vinyl and supported at the four corners. Design specs can be as elaborate or simple as your budget and imagination demand—ranging from a full deck or patio awning to a smaller and more modest coverage option.

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While there are many options—from metal to fabric, fixed to retractable, manual to remote sensor operated—your home style, location, and budgeting needs must be your first guide. Metal may be attractive but not suitable for purposes of heat transfer. A fixed awning may seem perfect for your space, but not practical for your climate. Take ample time to investigate all the possibilities. The many different types of awnings available today are a design lover’s dream come true.