There are many designs, styles, fabrics, colors, features and options available in awnings today. We can provide you with ideas and budgets for the awning that fits your needs. The following items cover details for purchasing an awning.
- Determine the style of the awning. Lateral arm/retractable - Most typically used over patios and decks, the retractable awning can be extended and retracted to provide shelter when necessary and allow sunlight when desired. It includes a manual cranking system or two variations of electric control systems; one function at the push of a switch or button and the other can be controlled by sun, wind and sun sensors to adjust when you’re not home.Leanto – The traditional frame is comprised of a down-slanting front panel with or without two side panels or ends. It can be used over smaller areas like windows and entryways, but can also provide protection over large areas like porches, patios and decks.Concave – Most typically used over a window or door, the concave design is characterized by the inward curvature of the front panel. The side panels can be covered with fabric for a completely shaded enclosure, or left open, leaving the front panel supported by decorative poles.Dome – A dome-shaped awning is typically found over small entryways and windows and can be used in archways. The quarter-sphere shape provides similar protection from the sun and rain from all angles.Elongated Dome – Similar to the dome-shaped frame, this style works best for long windows or entryways that require a dome awning. The elongated dome can be used on a flat surface or can curve to cover a corner entry or windows.Quarter round/convex – The quarter round frame is similar to the traditional awning with flat side panels, but is characterized by a curved front panel, constructed from a series of parallel bows in the shape of a convex curve. It produces a radius shape with flat ends. It is best used over a small entryway or window.Backlit – A backlit awning is a great store front awning. It is typically built as a traditional awning with a special material that emits recessed lights installed within the awning. We use eradication graphics on backlit awnings. This process takes a word or logo and removes the existing color from the awning leaving a white finish. This allows light to more efficiently penetrate out from behind the fabric highlighting the eradicated fabric.Walkway - Awnings aren't just meant to be mounted on buildings or homes. We can also offer awnings to cover long stretches of sidewalks or walkways. We have built welded frame awnings over walkways as long as 500’ with bends and curves as well.
- Determine the size of the awning. Determine the size of the area you want to protect. You're buying shade. You may need weather protection, or you may want to expand your living area. The awning is just the tool to accomplish these tasks and create a more comfortable living area.Select an awning size that is adequate for the area requiring shade. Remember that awning width is more important on north-south positions and the awning projection is more important on east-west positions.
- Determine the mounting surface. When we visit your home we will be able to determine the best way to mount your awning. The most common mounts for awning installations are wall mounts, roof mounts, and under-overhang mounts. The dealer will need to consider the following:
- Is there height available to accommodate the projection if mounting under an overhang?
- Is there enough clearance if mounting between a door, window or roofline?
- A hood is not needed when an awning is mounted under an overhang.
- A hood is optional but recommended on wall mounts on open walls.
- A hood is optional but “highly” recommended on roof mounts.
- A hood is strongly advised for protection on any motorized system, except when mounted under an overhang.
- One motor requires an electrician to hard wire the awning into a permanent switch installed either on the inside or outside (weather-proof box) of the home. Sun and wind sensors are also hard wired with this type of installation.
- The other type motor has remote control electronics located inside the motor. These motors can also be hard wired by an electrician or can be ordered with an optional plug-in cable. This is a state-of-the-art motor and the plug-in feature is the most popular choice by consumers. Sun and wind sensors are also plug-ins and communicate wirelessly with the motor.