A fixed awning is an architectural projection that provides weather protection, identity or decoration and is wholly supported by the building to which it is attached. Our fixed awnings are made of galvanized tube steel over which a rigid covering, typically fabric, is attached.
A canopy is an architectural projection that provides weather protection, identity or decoration and can be free-standing or attached to your house or building and supported at the outer end by not less than one vertical stanchion or post. Our canopies are made of galvanized tube steel over which a rigid covering, typically fabric, is attached.
Awnings are roof-like shelters installed on a home’s exterior to shade windows from the sun’s heat, glare, and damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. Awnings can also shade outdoor living spaces. By blocking the sun’s radiation outside of the home, before it reaches windows, awnings can be far more effective than interior blinds and shades at reducing indoor temperature increases from sunlight (solar heat gain).
Awnings are available in a wide range of colors and patterns. Stationary awnings are typically made of a durable fabric but can also be made of metal or fiberglass. They usually have a fixed aluminum frame and are designed for seasonal removal.
Retractable awning frames typically have hinged arms that allow for extension. Many retractable models are fully adjustable, providing tremendous flexibility in how much shade they provide. The awning fabric rolls up where the unit is attached to the building, with the roll often housed in a protective cover. Retractable awnings are often operated by a durable motor controlled by a wireless remote or hard-wired switch; manual operation with a long-handled crank or pull cord is a lower-cost option. Sophisticated controls on higher-end retractable awnings allow automatic extension in full sunlight and automatic retraction when high wind is detected.
Although awnings are most commonly used to reduce solar heat gains in southern climates, they can also save energy in northern climates by reducing summertime solar heat gain. Awnings also provide shelter from direct solar radiation on patios or decks, for a comfortable outdoor environment on sunny days.
Awnings can affect thermal performance in two ways—reducing unwanted solar heat gain during periods when cooling is needed and enabling desirable solar heat gain during periods when heating is needed. Ideally, stationary awnings are configured and placed based on energy analysis or modeling to optimize shading performance throughout the year for a specific location on the home. Custom configuration of stationary awnings may be common for commercial buildings, but not
for most residential installations.