Awnings and Canopies
Outdoor awnings and custom canopies add pizzazz, protection and many other benefitsWindow awnings and outdoor canopies can provide a decorative touch to any storefront or brick and mortar business. Custom canopies and outdoor awnings are also great ways to provide protection from the elements, prevent wear and tear on doors and windows as well as create energy efficiencies. What's the difference between window awnings and canopies? Outdoor canopies are typically installed with support columns making them more permanent structures. Outdoor canopies are often used to shelter larger areas such as a walkway to a storefront or to provide a covering for equipment. Outdoor awnings are usually used for smaller areas and don't require support columns.
To pick the best type of awnings or canopies to meet your business needs, consider the type of building you work in, the climate and weather conditions in your area, how the awning or canopy will be used and your budget.
Inside this guide, you'll find:
- Advice on choosing the best custom canopies and outdoor awnings for low maintenance and weathering the elements.
- Information on choosing window and door awnings that provide the best energy efficiencies.
- Tips on selecting outdoor canopies or window awnings that provide the best style in tandem with functionality.
Choose outdoor awnings that will weather climate conditions
Size matters with door awnings and window awningsThe larger the door awnings or window awnings, the more shelter they will provide from the elements. However, larger products tend to require more upfront costs and maintenance. Smaller door awnings and window awnings tend to be more decorative. Considerations should also be made for the different types of awnings available on the market. Fixed outdoor awnings are permanently attached to a building; retractable awnings come in two different models: manual or motorized.
Choose energy efficient custom canopiesEnergy efficiencies can be improved based on the type of outdoor awning or door canopy chosen as well as the material. The size of the window awning and its "drop"-the amount of window it covers-will also play a role.
The U.S. Department of Energy recommends that window awnings on east- and west-facing windows have a 65 percent to 75 percent drop for maximum efficiency. Because of the higher angle of the sun, south-facing window awnings only need 45 percent to 60 percent coverage. For canvas awnings and other fabric awnings, the department also recommends an opaque, tightly woven material that is light in color. More practical information can also be found from the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI).
Choose door canopies and window awnings that fit your business imageAluminum awnings, metal awnings and metal canopies offer a durable, low maintenance solution and can be used to create a retro style. Canvas awnings, along with outdoor awnings made from other fabrics, require more care but are available in a variety of colors and shapes for creating distinctive looks that fit with your overall business image. The use of side panels can also create more custom, finished looks.
- Canvas awnings and custom canopies may cost less up front but will require more maintenance and upkeep down the road.
- When pricing window awnings and door canopies, consider how much they can lower your energy costs.
- Consider that you want higher-priced custom canopies and window awnings to last. Choose classic styles that will not be too trendy and materials that will weather well in your climate.
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