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Whether used to create an anytime patio or provide shelter against inclement weather, there’s a lot to be said about awnings. Consumers have lots of reasons to consider them, as they are both practical and attractive. Best of all, they don’t have to be boring, because the sky is the limit when it comes to design and colour.

When many people think of awnings, they automatically think of devices that fit over the top of a window. While this is a common type of awning, there are actually numerous other ones that are placed in homes and businesses. Some may cover a walkway into a building, as is often the case with hotels. Others may attach to the side of a building and retract when not in use. These types of sunshades are often used to create a shaded patio at a moment’s notice. awnings can also be used near pavements, in front of retail stores, or over entryways to provide an elegant look for nearly any building.

Benefits of Awnings

It can be difficult to name all the benefits awnings provide, but a few of the more popular ones include:

  • Provide shade
  • Protection from rain and snow
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Durable
  • Can remain in place all year
  • Available in numerous styles and colours
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Materials used to make Awnings

A variety of materials can be used in the construction of awnings. Consumers can choose from:

  1. Wood
  2. Aluminium
  3. Vinyl
  4. Canvas

The type of material chosen for an awning can depend on where it is located. Awnings over windows are usually made from aluminium or vinyl as they tend to complement any existing siding nicely. Wooden awnings can be used on historical buildings in order to maintain a more authentic look. Canvas awnings are typically chosen for walkways and patios since this material is easy to put up and take down and retracts easily.

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Reasons to Consider Professional Installation

Although they are relatively simple, awnings require a great deal of expertise in order to install properly. A professional contractor will make sure exact measurements are taken to ensure the unit fits exactly as it should. In the case of retractable awnings, workers will also see to it that the unit opens and closes properly so using it won’t be a struggle. Each awning will be perfectly aligned in order to provide the best possible aesthetics for the structure it is situated on.

Commercial customers have another reason to consider the professional installation of awnings. Business owners could be liable in the event an awning were to fall on a visitor. This could result in damages that far exceed the cost of professional installation, making it a worthy investment to consider.

Factors that Influence Cost

When writing estimates, contractors will consider a number of things when determining the cost of installation. A few of these include:

  • Where the unit will be located and how easily this location can be accessed
  • Size of the awning
  • Material the awning is made of
  • Whether modifications are needed to the existing structure
  • Whether it is a retractable awning that requires electrical wiring
  • Number of awnings to be installed

Awnings normally need to be installed by a team of professionals. This is because two people are needed to hold the unit in place while it is being secured to its structure. The number of personnel required to install a particular awning can also play a part in the overall cost.

Your awning questions answered

Are awnings waterproof?

In general, the material used to make awnings is water resistant rather than waterproof. It isn't a good idea to leave the awning out in heavy rain, as pooling water can cause damage to the fabric.

Do I need to clean my awning?

This will depend on the environment where you live as well as the material that the awning is made of. A thorough cleaning once a year is usually sufficient unless the material becomes very dirty, stained or mouldy.

How long does it take to install an awning?

Most awning installations are fairly simple and can be completed in a matter of hours. Powered awnings will take slightly longer to install and these installations should generally be handled by a professional.

Can I install an awning myself?

Manual awnings can be installed easily, and usually don't require more than a drill, a screwdriver, and perhaps a level. Powered awnings can be more complicated because they may need to be spliced into an existing electrical system.

What characteristics should awning fabric have?

The ideal fabric will be heavy-duty canvas that has also been scotch guarded to resist stains, and treated to make it waterproof and fireproof. It should be somewhat thicker and stiffer than tent canvas.

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