Porch AwningsConsidering porch awnings for your porch, deck, or patio? I remember the green awnings on our home where I grew up in Ohio.
Awnings keep out the weather, can potentially reduce your energy costs, protect your porch furniture from harmful rays, and can be designed to fit your porch's shape to add beauty to your home.
Awnings are versatile and flexible; they can be fixed or retractable and you can even add beautiful outdoor curtains for added protection and privacy. There's even an option to convert awnings into a screened porch!
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Types of AwningsPatio and porch awnings are a great addition to any outdoor space because they not only offer protection from the weather, but also add beauty to your porch. Porch awnings come in a variety of colors, styles, and materials.
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Porch Awning MaterialsAwnings are perfect over your front door for not only aesthetics but especially for protection from the sun and elements.
Fabric AwningsAcrylic Fabric: Dyed acrylic fabrics (like durable Sunbrella® fabrics ) are perhaps the best fabrics for awnings.
They are made from 100 percent solution-dyed acrylic yarns whereby color is added during the manufacturing process. These fabrics resist fading and cracking from exposure to sun, chlorine, and rain or humidity.
No other outdoor fabric material is more popular nor have the variety of colors and textures from which to choose. We found the cost is less than or equal to most vinyl or plastic awnings.
Photo by Awnings CenterPorch awnings are ideal not only for protecting you from harmful rays, but also protecting your outdoor furniture from fading so quickly. You can also find awnings to fit over almost any sized doors.
Recent studies indicate porch awnings reduce heat by almost 77 percent. In addition, during winter months, retractable awnings allow the sun's natural rays to penetrate your home's windows to help reduce heating bills.
Photo by Awnings CenterWe found EZAwn Classic Style Porch Covers at the Awnings Center to be perfect for those wanting high quality but at an affordable price.
They come in standard sizes to fit a wide variety of doors and applications.
Awnings Center is an online store to find various kinds of awnings. While we are not affiliated with them, you may want to check them out for ideas and inspiration.
Sunbrella ® awnings turn those exposed porch areas into livable outdoor spaces. These awning fabrics have an acrylic undercoating that does not trap heat but rather allows for much cooler seating.
Awning InstallationAwning installation is fairly straightforward. If mounting under the eaves of your home, brackets will installed to tie directly to existing wall studs or headers.
If mounting to your roof, brackets will be affixed to your roof rafters.
Retractable Awning SupportsSometimes called lateral-arm supports, retractable awnings are designed as "self-supporting" and rely on both spring-load extensions and a very secure mounting system.
Wind ResistanceAny canopy, because of their design, is susceptible to wind. Light winds (5 mph or less) should not be an issue; however, gusting winds can reach high speeds quickly and may cause damage.
If you live in an area that has frequent high winds, I wouldn't recommend using an awning. However, there is a good option for most applications and that is a retractable porch awning.
Retractable awnings should be closed during windy periods. Better yet, you can purchase a device for automatic retractable awnings that measure the wind and will close your awning if it detects winds over a certain speed. What will they think of next?
Fabric ColorContrary to what you might expect, Sunbrella® fabric is not dyed like other fabrics. Instead, UV resistant color pigments are combined with Sunbrella® fibers in liquid. The fibers are blended into yarn and woven into the material you see and this process ensures the color is contained throughout the entire fabric.
Care and Cleaning of Sunbrella® AwningsClean Sunbrella® fabrics periodically to remove dirt, particles from your roof, pollen, and other substances. You can clean them in place. Most often all you'll need to use is a mild soap, lukewarm water (not hot), and a soft brush.
Rinse very well and allow to air dry, preferably away from the direct sun.
Aluminum AwningsAluminum awnings are probably the most popular type of awning for porches as they are low maintenance and can last for years. They come in a variety of colors and styles that resist fading or flaking - which translates to less fuss and more porch time.
See the pros and cons of aluminum porch awnings.
Copper AwningsAlthough more expensive than other porch awnings, copper looks extra beautiful and will last a lifetime.
Photo courtesy of Old World Copper WorksAwnings in general serve several helpful functions: they protect you and your furniture from the elements, enhance the appearance of your home, and add curb appeal. And we like that they make your time on the porch more comfortable by blocking the sun from shining directly on you.
Copper awnings serve these functions very well.
Architectural StyleWhen selecting copper for your porch awnings consider your home's architectural style.
CostsObviously, the larger the copper awning the more it will cost. Most copper awning pricing is based on fixtures that are four (4) feet wide by two (2) feet high (to accommodate standard size doors and windows). Dimensions greater than this usually require custom work and you will need to get a quote.
MaintenanceCopper awnings do require more maintenance than other awnings if you want to maintain its original color. Copper develops patina, a protective layer when exposed to the weather. If you are not fond of this color you are in luck. Copper can be treated to maintain their characteristic look indefinitely and there are other actions you can take to keep its luster.
Another less expensive but popular metal-type awning you might want to consider is an aluminum porch awning. They come in a variety of colors, are virtually maintenance free, and will last a considerable time.
Metal Porch AwningsSimilar to aluminum in style and construction but metal they are stronger and more expensive. Normally they are utilized to cover larger areas.
VinylVinyl is placed over a polyester fabric. It is easy to clean, strong, and moisture resistant. We had a vinyl cover for our screen porch kit addition and it served us well.
Here are a few awning ideas we found at Screen Houses Unlimited. From aluminum to fabric, fixed or retractable, sides or not. Quite a few options.
Awnings at Screen Houses UnlimitedInterested in learning more about your awning options or have questions about a specific project for your home? Contact the good folks at Screen Houses Unlimited.
Hire a Local ContractorPlease remember these are do-it-yourself awning kits. However, you could hire a local contractor on your own to install the awning if you need installation assistance.
You can use our handy find a local contractor form if you are in wanting assistance.
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