Awning Work: How to Choose Awning To Spruce up your Place

Whether you’re looking to repair or install a new piece of awning to make your place more friendly to hang out or want to repair your store’s old shed we’re here to help. With expert guidance, you can decorate your awning project to fit your styling and functional needs. We repair and replace awnings for windows, backyards, entries, floor space, and more!

The Goal of the Awning Project

Before setting down the final design and plan of the awning project, you need to be clear on what you’re trying to achieve. You’ll need to ask yourself questions like, What weather condition are you dealing with? How much of the area needs to be covered with an awning? What problem is the awning trying to solve? what would be the overall budget based on the mechanism and material of choice? With these questions answered you will have a clearer picture of what the final product should look like.

Local Regulations

Residential homes do not require any approval to install awnings unless there’s an overhang in your neighbor’s area. To install commercial or other awnings, local regulations for awning size, material, and placement will need to be approved by local authorities.

Choices Available Under Awning Materials

Awning materials can be made up of metals, plastics, and fabrics with a variety of choices in their thickness, color, design, and pattern. We are here to help you understand the different materials that can be used as awnings within your place.

Metal Awning

Metal is a long-lasting and durable awning material. It’s great because it can withstand bad weather conditions such as snow and wind, and is pretty fire resistant. The only drawback is it does require regular maintenance to prevent rust buildup and doesn’t have many styling options. But it should last you more than 20 years if cared for correctly.

Polyester Awnings

Polyester awnings are both mildew and water resistant which is perfect for damp and rainy regions. This material is cheaper to purchase and should last you about 3-8 years depending on climate, material quality, and maintenance. Regular cleaning and upkeep will prolong its lifespan.

Vinyl and Polyester Composite

Vinyl-based awnings are water-resistant, mildew-resistant, and fade-resistant, but they too require regular cleaning. With good maintenance, awnings made with this material can last between 5-10 years. They are not as durable as metal or acrylic materials but are lightweight and come in various colors and styles. They’re also cheaper.

Acrylic Awnings

Awnings made of this material are highly durable and can withstand harsh sunlight without fading, are waterproof, and come in many shades and styles. They are also mildew-resistant, the only drawback is they are more expensive than polyester or vinyl. Regular maintenance will ensure the material lasts you 8-12 years.

Types of Awning Mechanisms

There are various ways in which you can install your awning, such as fixed awning, manually operated, motor operated, retractable/foldable awning. Each one will have its pros and cons.

Retractable/Folding Arm Awnings

Simple to operate, and widely available, this type of awning mechanism uses spring-loaded arms that can be operated using a crank or can be motor controlled. They may not be suitable for windy areas. But the compact design makes them ideal for patios and balconies since they are compact and save space

Drop Arm Awnings

This mechanism has arms with elbow joints that allow for both extension and tilting of the awning fabric. This makes them suitable for windows or doors. Since it can have more complex mechanisms they’re more expensive than the retractable arm awnings.

Cassette Awnings

These styles of awnings are very similar to retractable awnings. The only difference is that the mechanism fully retracts into a protective cassette when not in use. This sleek design protects the awning from weather damage and dust. The only issue is it requires more installation space.

Tension/Fixed Awnings

As the name suggests these awnings are held up between two or more points that keep them in place and the tension in the material keeps the awning taut. This makes them stable in windy conditions and can be portable and easy to assemble.

Custom Awnings

You can also opt for customized and more innovative awning mechanisms available in the market, that help you cover a large and not-so-symmetrical area without losing and limiting the usability of your space.

What to consider when choosing the right Awning for you?

Budget: Retractable and fixed awnings are generally cheaper, while cassette or complex awning mechanisms are more expensive. You would also need to consider maintenance and replacement costs for wear and tear.

Functionality and Weather Resistance: Do you need the functionality to tilt the awning for privacy or shade management? Then we suggest opting for Drop Arm Awnings. Metal awnings will be more opaque but wind-resistant. If you live in a windy and rainy area, a fixed awning mechanism with Acrylic material could work perfectly. Discussing the benefits and drawbacks of awning material and mechanism with experts will lead you to a well-informed decision.

Aesthetics: Choose a mechanism and material that fits the theme of your space and design. You will need to balance aesthetics with functionality and weather resistance. Certain awning materials offer more colors, design and styles to decorate your place.

Ready to Delve into Your Awning Project?

Contact us and we will discuss your awning project, based on your understanding and requirements the awning material will be chosen and any repairs will be estimated. Our experts will ensure your space is spruced up and ready to use in no time!

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