Awnings and Canopies
Awnings and shade canopies for homes or businesses will shade windows, doors, patios and entranceways, protecting them from the sun and rain. Residential awnings and commercial awnings help to reduce fading of furniture and carpets near doors and windows, and lower cooling costs.
Outdoors, a large awning or shade canopy will make any building seem larger while creating a comfortable outdoor seating area, protected from sun and rain.
Residential awnings over doors and windows can create a modern or classic appearance on an otherwise plain home, adding style and color while providing some shade.
Back yard pool and patio shade canopies are a great way to enjoy your property more during uncomfortably warm weather or rain showers.
Don't be driven inside by the weather! Create a nicer space outdoors with a patio awning or shade canopy!
Commercial and Business Awnings
This attractive red door awning provides shade and rain protection, and makes the entranceway seem warm and inviting.
Commercial business awnings help to establish your business's identity. As the most visible portion of your office or store front, your awning is the face of your business, and you want that face to be easily recognized and to convey the mood and style of the business to your customers.
A storefront awning provides shade and protection from rain or snow out on the sidewalk, creating a more pleasant environment where passing customers are more likely to pause and do a little window shopping.
An entranceway canopy can keep your customers comfortably protected from sun or rain while entering or leaving your establishment, and can help keep water and mud outside where it belongs. Commercial window awnings protect your valuable merchandise from fading in the sun when displayed in a window.
Choosing the Right Awning
Whether for residential or commercial use, it is important to choose an awning that is well-constructed and made from high-grade materials. High quality commercial awning fabric will last longer and maintain a good appearance for more of its life, so choose carefully. Pay attention to the duration of the fabric warranty and the quality of metal frames and the associated parts. A good quality aluminum or aluminum alloy awning frame does not do you much good if the attachment hardware fails, and saving money on a cheaper awning canopy fabric may result in a faded and frayed awning in a couple of years.
Good quality multi-layered UV resistant awning fabric can last as long as ten years if properly constructed.
A retractable awning or roll-up awning can be a great solution if you sometimes want shade or protection from rain, but other times want the warmth and light of the sun. Large shade awnings and canopies can be damaged or torn off by high winds. For many homes or businesses, a retractable awning solves these problems. It is there when you want it, but can be put away safely when it is not wanted, or when it may be in danger from severe weather. Some retractable awnings have a mechanism for retracting automatically in high winds, while others must be manually retracted.
Awning Care and Cleaning
A commercial or residential awning must be properly cleaned and protected if it is to last a long time and maintain a good appearance. Awning care and cleaning is usually best left to commercial awning cleaning services, who know the cleaning products to use (and avoid) for each type of awning fabric, whether canvas, acrylic, or vinyl. Professional awning cleaners also know how to properly use steam cleaners, power washers, or just brushes to remove accumulated dirt or stains without damaging your awning. Once cleaned, an awning should be coated with a good quality fabric or vinyl protective coating such as 303 Fabric Guard or 303 Vinyl Protectant to maintain waterproof qualities and protect the awning from damaging UV light from the sun.
Before you buy door and window awnings for your home or business, check out the information here on awningsoverall.com. Commercial and residential fixed or retractable awnings are not all created equal, and it pays to research the products and awning installation companies before you purchase an awning or shadecanopy for your home or business.