What Are Awnings?

Awnings provide a great option for shading a doorway or window in your home, but many people do not know what they are. In the simplest form, an awning is a covering that extends over a doorway and/or window to provide extra shade. They are attached exterior to windows and doors to give extra shade and create more useful space as it protects you from direct sun. The sun which comes directly on the window increases the heat inside the house, so as the awnings does not allow the sun to glaze directly on the window, the load on the air conditioner is reduced. It also adds an elegance look with low cost. Simply put, they are a simple way to add a bit of covering to an area that may not have a porch or other overhang.

Popular uses for awnings include homes and commercial spaces, with many restaurants and boutiques adding them to their buildings for classic charm, as the typical awning style isn't new and has been used since the mid-19th century. They are installed on the outside of the opening, versus drapes and blinds that are installed on the inside. (This installation is often similar to shutters or other exterior window coverings.)

Available in a wide range of colors, sizes, and materials, awnings can range from simple canvas designs to automated metal versions. Some even offer solar heat control options, helping block out harmful UV rays and lowering overall energy costs for your home. For those who are looking for an extensive design, styles with automated motors that raise and lower via remote are even an option.Awning also reduces your energy bill as it protects the windows from direct sunlight. This in turn reduces your energy bill as the cooling cost is lowered. There is a study which states that the new fabric awnings which are installed can save the home owners couple of hundreds of dollars annually as the load on the air conditioner is reduced. This is typically true to older homes which do not have a great insulation system than compared to new constructions as good insulation does not allow the cooler air to escape from the house.

What areas are best to install awnings in? Large picture windows, French doors, or any glass that receives full sun exposure can benefit from having an awning installed. Not only can this help lower heating and cooling bills, it can also help keep direct sunlight from fading your interior carpet and furniture upholstery, extending the life of your furnishings.

As they are installed on the outside of the home and visible from the curb, it is important to select awnings as a set instead of by individual window. Choosing a style and/or color scheme that fits well with the rest of your exterior decor is quite important.

Deciding on the perfect awning style can be a bit overwhelming, but our team at Arjay's Window Fashion is ready to help. We can even assist with the installation of your new awnings. Give us a call or stop by our local showroom today for more information!