Awnings protect and enhance a home or business. These days there are a range of safe, strong and attractive awning materials.
Most awnings work as exterior awnings, protecting windows, entries and floorspace from the elements and providing privacy.In residential buildings, awnings are usually found in backyards for entertaining guests, covering parking spaces, and on windows along the side of the home.Awnings are also installed on the exterior face of the buildings, above either doors or windows, or on top of areas along footpaths.You will also often find awnings installed outside restaurants to increase the usage floor space in poor weather.Awnings installed in the backyard protect people from the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays on hot sunny days. They also provide protection from rain, hail, and other elements during bad weather. Awnings are also mounted over open balconies and patios to offer relief from the elements. Awning can also be used as temporary or permanent car parking shades in open areas to protect the duco and the interior of the cars from fading.Small sized lightweight exterior awnings are usually made from aluminum or hollow galvanized iron sectional frames and tough fabric or canvas roofs. More recently awnings have been made from high-tech polycarbonate materials. These polycarbonates can be tinted to keep out UV light but allow in light. They are also very tough and shock resistant.Larger awnings can have roofs made of aluminum slats. They are designed to be durable, strong, and have the ability to withstand winds and storms. They are an ideal choice for those who wish to cover a relatively large area and prefer a heavy-duty structure. However, the disadvantage to awnings with metal slat roofs is that it can get noisy as a drumbeat during rain and storms. Also, aluminum awnings offer only limited sizes for selection and are usually difficult to customize.Awnings made from cloth and canvas, on the other hand, are available in countless colors and designs. They can be easily customized to the required size and shape, so consumers can always find one that matches the exterior of the home. These types of awnings are cheaper than awnings with metal slat roofs. They are also relatively less resilient to adverse weather conditions and the color of the material will gradually fade over time due to the sun's ultraviolet rays. Also, awnings made from vinyl, canvas, or cloth require more maintenance and have to be regularly cleaned to avoid permanent stains and mold growth.