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, also known as door or window canopies, 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!
Canvas awning over front porch patio addition
Types of Awnings
Photo courtesy of Fl Architect FanPatio 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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Note how this awning covers the entire front stoop offering lots of protection
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Other Popular Awnings
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 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.
Porch 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.
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.
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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. They are normally engineered to withstand heavy wind and snow loads making them very popular. Shown below is a standing seam metal awning with a copper appeal.
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VinylVinyl is usually placed over a polyester fabric, making 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.
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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?
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.
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