AWNING TYPES AND STYLES
We work hard at protecting ourselves from the elements including the sun, wind, rain and ferocious storms. We wear sunglasses to save our eyes, hats to safeguard our heads, umbrellas to shield us from the rain and visors to protect our faces. Shouldn’t we do as much for our homes? Our houses are our shelters from the storms. However, our homes need some sheltering when it comes to the elements as well. The weather can damage surfaces, fade, sustain relentless heat and drench with damaging water. It is important to protect open areas of your home’s exterior. One obvious protection would be investing in an awning to act as a cloak against the elements.
There are so many types of awnings, you can find easily a type and style that can provide shading anywhere on your Stuart, Hobe Sound, Jupiter Island or Port St. Ludie homes. Awnings are installed over open areas that suffer most from harmful exposure. For example, because we spend so much time on our porches, wouldn’t it be nice to sit outside without squinting or sweating. You can have breakfast on the balcony without risking sunburn when you have an awning. And, rain could not stop you from barbecuing on the patio when you have a suitable awning. However, smaller awnings can also be put above windows and doorways to protect from the elements.
Windows retain a lot of sunshine and then transfer this solar heat into the home. In South Florida this causes your AC to run twice as hard. However, it is important to understand that a canopy can block this heat from the house and lower your electric bill as well as redirect rainwater away from the foundation. If you have a metal door that gets blistering hot in the summer, it is not only inconvenient but dangerous. An awning above the entryway where you have a metal door is an inexpensive and simple way to eliminate heat buildup.
Awnings are available in many shapes and styles, and they come in a variety of fabrics, pattern, colors, or sizes, so take your time in selecting a model that best fits your exterior. But the next step is choosing a particular design. Below are descriptions of a few basic awning types:
Stationary: A canopy permanently installed on the home’s exterior. It’s certainly sturdy and stable, but it can also collect snow and receive strong wind gusts. Therefore, hire an expert for installation to make sure it can endure the impact.
Portable: These transportable awnings are built for convenience. They’re freestanding and can easily be moved from one location to another to be used anywhere they’re needed. They can even be moved to follow the trajectory of the rising and setting sun.
Retractable: Probably the most popular model, these awnings can be rolled or folded up when not in use. Therefore they provide the sturdiness of a stationary unit without the threat of wind damage or snow buildup during inclement weather.
Motorized: These awnings use an electric mechanism to roll the canopy and can even be operated by remote to keep you out of the rain. They’re also available with sensors that monitor the weather, activating the unit when it’s sunny and retracting it when the wind picks up. You may have to hire an electrician for installation, but always make sure the unit has an automatic override so if the motor breaks you can still hand crank it.
Types of Awning Material
The most popular material for awnings is canvas because it is tough yet supple and relatively inexpensive. It is also flexible, which makes it ideal for retractable awnings. But, because it’s so tractable, it can sometimes become a basin for rain water. Canvas awnings should be installed by professionals like C&C Canvas and Awnings, who will ensure that the canvas is stretched tight.
Metal is another possible option. It’s strong and obviously durable, but it is heavy and requires professional installation. Plus, it can sometimes absorb the sun’s heat and add to the heat transfer it’s trying to deflect. That is one reason metal is not a popular option in sunny South Florida. Regarding the frames that support the awnings, you must make sure they are tough and substantial. Therefore so steel or aluminum supports are most used.
From the basic to the exceptional, C & C Canvas & Awnings can create an almost unlimited number of awning styles. Here are a few of the most popular styles for Martin, Palm Beach and St. Lucie County homes
Shed Type: A traditional awning style with clean, straight angles. Graphics can be added to the body or the valance with this style.
Bullnose: Sometimes called a dome awning, the Bullnose crates a classic, dignified look.
Quarter-Round: A quarter-round awning style features a curved front panel and flat sign panels.
Concave: A graceful slope from the header to the front bar of this awning gives it a unique feel.
Arch Canopy:This style is great for highlighting an entrance way. It offers an elegant shape with a flat front that is ideal for adding graphics.
"A" Frame:Also referred to as a Peaked awning, these awnings can have straight or angled ends.
For more information call C & C Canvas and Awnings at 772-221-8847 in Stuart. Whether you live in Stuart, Palm City, Sewalls Point, Golden Gate, Jensen Beach, Port Salerno, Port St. Lucie, Hobe Sound, Jupiter, Tequesta, Palm Beach Gardens, or North Palm Beach FL, we are available to discuss all your shading options today.