Awnings and canopies can meet various design needs to satisfy any one or all of the following functional objectives: Energy Savings; Weather Protection (sun, rain, snow, sleet, hail, wind); Identification & Advertising; or Architectural Aesthetics.
Today’s modern fabrics are long-lasting, bright, easily cleaned, strong and flame-retardant. Modern frame materials offer high strength-to-weight ratios and corrosion resistance. The proper combination of these properties can result in safe, strong, economical and attractive products.
The benefits of awnings go far beyond aesthetic appeal. Awnings can enhance the look of your home or business by adding shape, dimension and color. Awnings save energy and protect furniture, floors and carpets from fading.
You actually can feel the energy-saving benefits. In a typical home, more energy is transferred through glass doors and windows that through any other construction element. In fact, on a hot day, more energy comes through one square foot of glass than through an entire insulated wall. Solar radiation (infrared light) through glass is responsible for approximately 20 percent of the load on an air conditioner. Properly designed awnings can substantially increase energy saved over film and tinted glass alternatives. Studies by the American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers show that during the period of the day when the sun shines directly on southern-facing windows, a fabric awning reduces heat gain by 55 to 65 percent. For western exposure, the reduction in heat gain is 72 to 77 percent.
These systems afford protection from the sun, rain, snow, sleet and hail. In certain configurations, they can also protect from wind.
Identification & Advertising
Applying graphics directly to awning fabrics provides identification and/or advertisement without the need for “add-on” sign structures.
Creative designers and architects can develop useful and intriguing designs for modern awning and canopy systems that incorporate shape, light, color, texture, graphics and structure, at modest cost. Most awning frames are custom made by cutting, bending and welding metal tubing, and fitting the fabric to the frame. With these custom methods, almost any shape and size can be attained and covered with awning fabric. Hence, the same surface can serve at least three necessary functions: weather protection, identification and architecture.
What is an Awning?
An architectural fabric projection that provides weather protection, identity or decoration and is wholly supported by the building to which it is attached. An awning is comprised of a lightweight, frame structure over which a cover is attached.
What is a Canopy?
An architectural projection that provides weather protection, identity or decoration and is supported by the building to which it is attached and at the outer end by not less than one stanchion. A canopy is comprised of a lightweight frame structure over which a cover is attached.
What is a Retractable Awning?
A retractable awning is a cantilevered structure, entirely supported from a building, and constructed so that the awning cover and supporting frame retracts completely against the building, an in doing so, relieves the awning from wind, rain and snow pressures, and loads normally associated with extended fixed frame awnings or canopies.