Awnings have been instrumental in providing people with shade. The first awnings originated in the Middle East and Africa, where hides and woven mats were hung on poles to create a portable oasis from the burning sun. The importance of awnings grew steadily. As the wave of urbanization swept different parts of the world, people started looking awnings as the obvious solutions to keep people cool and to add appeal to one’s business or home.
Awnings in the 19th Century:
By the first half of the 19th century, awnings were a common sight in front of American stores. They were simple, often improvised but their assemblage was strictly utilitarian. They were composed of cast iron or timber posts. A cross bar at the front connected them. To lend support to larger installations, angled rafters linked the front cross bar to the building facade.
Awnings in the 20th Century:
Efforts were made in the early 20th century to enhance the operability of awnings. A number of variants, the most common one being the roller awnings, catered to the need of providing an increasingly customized product that accommodated a large range of storefront configurations and styles.
Cut to the present times and we find that like several other products of utility, awnings too have changed drastically. Today, they are available in an array of shapes, sizes, frames and fabrics. Fixed, quarter-round, back-lit awnings with broad faces bearing company branding, phone number and street addresses also function as items of signage these days.
At InLine Awnings we strive to give you the best quality materials that are available. We use only top quality products that have been tested and approved for the long lasting durabilty that you wish to achieve and expect from your awning.
Awnings reduce energy consumption:
A recent study by the University of Minnesota illustrated that awnings made of fabric reduce home cooling energy consumption by 10% to 60% and peak cooling loads by as much as 40%, depending on geographic location. Cooling requires less energy because the awning's shade prevents the sun's heat from entering the home through windows.
An awning will keep your energy costs down by blocking the sun's heat in warmer months. The American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers confirms that an awning can reduce heat gain by 55-65% on southern-facing windows and 72-77% on western exposures.
Plus, you can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors since you won't have to close blinds or draw your draperies. Spring, summer, winter and fall, your awning will serve you indoors and out.
All awnings have the potential to add beauty, style, elegance and value to your home. Awnings can provide much-needed shade on hot summer days and can greatly improve energy efficiency within your home. You can generally choose from either standard awnings or automatic/electric awnings; the choice depends on your preferences and resources.
Canvas awnings are perhaps the most popular style of residential awnings. These awnings come in a virtually unlimited array of styles and colors that is sure to meet even the choosiest homeowner's needs. Some of the most popular styles include: traditional, with either open or closed sides; dome, and traditional with a fixed face. It is apparent that the options are endless when it comes to choosing the right canvas awning for your home.
Most of today's canvas awning styles come with weather protection. Since your awning is likely to be exposed to elements, this weather protection is vitally important. Most canvas awnings come with a special acrylic protective coat to provide a shield against those elements.
Many awning installation companies will provide a standard warranty on canvas awnings. The warranty will usually cover any damage due to weather-related issues that the coating should have protected against. Most canvas awnings will last up to ten years, perhaps even longer if the awning is well cared for and is not exposed to very harsh environmental elements present in most regions in the country. After about 10 years, however, the canvas fabric will likely need to be replaced. This should be taken into consideration when determining the overall, long-term cost of this product. Replacing the fabric on the canvas awning is much less expensive than the original installation of the aluminum or metal components.
Vinyl fabric is most commonly found in outdoor awnings or in restaurants or other high-traffic areas. Modern vinyl fabric suppliers offer large selections of patterned materials. There are many different coatings on vinyl fabric, with some intended for home use, some for commercial use and some recommended for extreme weather outdoor use. In situations where fabrics need to be waterproof, sun-proof or resistant to high wear and tear, the benefits of vinyl make it a popular choice.
Vinyl fabrics are a popular choice for outdoor areas that receive a lot of sun, such as windows and porches. Extended exposure to sunlight will fade vinyl much less than other fabrics. Vinyl is especially good for those areas where it can protect more delicate fabrics from ultraviolet light damage and fading. Since vinyl effectively blocks sunlight, it can protect other fabrics and sun-sensitive materials.