Interested in learning some really fascinating, historical, and practical facts about shades and awnings? Read on.

1: Animal Hides Were the Original Window Treatment

Kind of difficult to prove, but it's believed that cavemen used animal hides to cover their temporary windows. In cold weather, the hides would block wind and freezing temperatures. In hot weather, they used water-soaked hides as a form of air-conditioning.

2: In Ancient Rome Shades Were Born Out of Necessity

Between 70 and 72 A.D. the Romans built the Colosseum, the famous amphitheater, which can hold up to 50,000 people. The enormous theater which still stands today, was originally a gift to the Romans as an entertainment venue.

It's believed that the Romans covered their windows with damp cloths to keep the dust out of their homes. This is considered the birth of Roman shades.

The Colosseum itself was also covered by an early type of retractable awning called a velarium. It protected the spectators from heat and the outside elements. Since a rigging system supported the velarium, adjusting it required the strength of hundreds of people.

3: Americans Have Been Using Window Shades Since 1780

The earliest version of the modern roller shade was first developed in Holland in the 17th century. That means that roller shades are actually older than the United States.

Americans didn't start using them until the 1780s. Many of these window shades were hand painted or stenciled. The shades served a practical purpose, but they were also decorative.

4: Awnings Have Played a Part in Movie Stunts

Did you know that awnings have been featured in action movie stunts?

In Jackie Chan's 1983 movie, Project A, Chan's character narrowly escapes from an attacker at the top of a clock tower. In this clip, his only escape option is to jump, but he falls through two awnings on the way down.

In Disney's 2019 Aladdin, he escapes the authorities by bouncing off of several awnings and landing safely on the ground.

5: Awnings Are Good for the Environment

Sunlit rooms feel warm and inviting until its 1 P.M. and your house is sweltering. Awnings can block some of that sunlight and keep your home at a more comfortable temperature.

If you install an awning on a window that faces south west, you could reduce your heat gain in the summer by 77%. In other words, your home will feel much cooler and therefore more comfortable. Your air conditioner won't have to work as hard which will save you money on your utilities and lower your CO2 emissions.

Upgrade Your Home with Window Awnings Today

Window awnings and shades have a long history of making our lives better. They protect us from the elements, star in our favorite movies, and they even help us save money on our utility bills.

If you'd like to add window awnings or shades to your home, 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.