Cantilever: a long piece of wood or metal that sticks out from a wall or other building structure to support something above it, like a balcony or bridge.
The basic idea of a cantilever frame used in awnings is that it creates the shade structure you need without using posts. A cantilever frame for slide-on-wire awnings is an excellent way to provide shade for outdoor dining areas and not have to worry about unsightly posts that can get in the way of your dinner service. Cantilever frames are excellent for slide-on-wire awnings because the construction is light and fits the style of the shade structure.
Awnings and their variations – slide-on-wire, retractable, fixed etc… – can be constructed using posts, which hold up the frame and fabric of the structure or with cantilever frames. Really, the type of frame you use is up to your taste, needs, and style. For example, if you want to install a slide-on-wire awning a doorway at a business, you may want posts so that you can create a more enclosed feeling or aesthetic. But, if you’re going to use a slide-on-wire awning at a restaurant or lounge area, using a cantilever frame is a great way to keep the space open and free without the encumbrance of posts.
So remember, you have options when it comes to the type of frame you use for your slide-on-wire awning or any other shade structure for that matter. Just keep in mind that you should do your due diligence before purchasing a shade structure and know that you have options. You can also always ask your awning provider what’s available and they can help you.