What Type of Awning is Best For You?

June 3, 2015

If you’re thinking about installing an awning then this article might be helpful for you. For starters, there’s more to an awning than just a structure with fabric; it can get complicated. But let’s break it down. Here are some key points for you to consider before you buy an awning:
Dimension you’re looking for; this matters for where your awning is going to be installed on your home. 
Awnings have 3 dimensions:

  • Width
  • Drop
  • Projection








Spear and Finial Awnings with Sides


Straight Awning with Sides


  • Awnings come in many different styles including but not limited to awnings with or without sides; awnings with a hard valance; spear or finial; convex or swoop; waterfall or concave; dome; arch; etc.

Patterns/Color and Fabric:

  • What kind of pattern or color do you want for your awning? Also, what kind of fabric are you looking for? 
  • You want your awning to match the color scheme of your home so it’s important to find a company that has a variety of options for you.
  • Also, the type of fabric you use matters; if you live in a wet/rainy area you will want something that is mold and mildew resistant. If you live in the desert or in Southern California, you will want fabric that is tear and UV ray resistant. 

Also, awnings come in different types and can be installed on several areas of your home:

  • Fixed: this type can’t be taken down and is a permanent part of your home. (Note, you can remove it if you want to but that means you’re permanently taking it down).
  • Window: this is an awning for homes in areas that are sunny; like the desert. Window awnings can help reduce solar heat gain and keep your room cool by blocking out sunlight.
  • Retractable: this awning is versatile and can be retracted when not in use. For example, you can retract the fabric portion of the awning back when it’s cloudy outside.
  • Patio or Backyard: awnings can be fixed or retractable when installed in the backyard or on the patio. These awnings extend the living area of your home and provide not only shade for your loved ones but protection for your home’s furniture. And remember, awnings can reduce your energy bill by helping to reduce air conditioning costs.

Fixed Window Awning


Retractable Patio Awning

Remember, an awning is a home improvement project and deciding on what kind of dimension, style, fabric, and area to put it requires research and help from a professional. Now that you have a little more information about awnings, visit us at American Awning & Blind Co. and let us know how we can help you with your next project. Or contact us today at 800-654-5933. Or you can email us at info@americanawningabc.com