Types of Awnings

What Type of Awnings will work best for your home?Types of Awnings

With all the different types of awnings available, it can be confusing on which type will save you the most in energy cost.  Our sun path diagram will show how the heat enters your windows. There are many ways awnings can keep you cool during the summer months, and with all the Sunbrella colors available, you can add curb appeal while saving money on energy cost.

House awnings over windows help keep your furniture inside from fading due to the harmful rays from the sun plus they will keep interior home temperatures cooler. There are many  benefits to putting awnings up around your house. You can save on energy cost and protect your interior furnishings from fading from sun exposure. Retractable awnings can be raised on cooler days to let the sun in then easily lowered again without the hassle of removing your awnings.

With all the types of awnings available,  you can keep your house cooler, provide shade around porches, decks and patios to keep you cool so you can enjoy the outdoors during the hot summer months. Awnings will also keep your patio furniture from fading and protect it from the rain as well.

Summer Sun Path Diagram

South Facing Windows –Solar heat gain can be reduced by 65% on south facing windows. It is easy to protect south-facing windows with an awning without sides for all sunlight but the lowest winter sun. In hot climates, however, it might be best to make the awning wide enough or install awnings with sides to block the midday winter sun year round.

North Facing Windows– North-facing windows can be protected with awnings without sides too, since the only time the sun impinges on them is early in the morning or late in the afternoon in summer.

East & West Facing Windows– Solar Heat gain and glare from direct sun entry can be reduced as much as 77% by adding window awnings with sides to east and west facing windows on your home. In the middle of the morning and afternoon the sun can be low enough in the skies that in can come underneath of the awning if the awning does not have sides. Awnings with sides provide the best sun protection for east and west facing windows.

Window Awnings:

Window awnings are not only attractive, they’re energy-efficient. On a hot day, more energy is lost through one square foot of glass than through an entire insulated wall. Window Awnings will reduce the internal temperature of your home and will reduce your cooling energy bills. Awnings with sides are recommended for most windows, although if you have a direct south-facing window, you can use a side-less awning because the sun’s rays are coming from directly overhead. These Awnings will look great on your porch too!

Window Awnings


Door Awnings:

Door Awnings are designed to protect you and your home from the weather at your doorways, French doors, and sliding doors. Door awnings are non-retractable and are designed to allow a door to open outward, while giving you full protection from the elements of the weather.

Door Awnings


Retractable Patio Awnings:

Many home owners are realizing that a Retractable Patio Awning creates an upscale, outdoor living room; perfect for entertaining guests or simply relaxing with family. Installing a Patio Awning is like making a low-cost room addition while also adding value to your home. These Retractable Awnings can be easily retracted or extended with a hand crank or motor.

Patio Awnings


Canvas Porch Roller Curtains:

Porch Roller Curtains are designed to provide privacy and shade. With the ease of a rope and pulley system, they can be conveniently raised or lowered to any height desired. Porch Roller Curtains are a graceful and simplistic solution of style that will compliment your porch.

Porch Roller Curtains


Canvas Porch Valance:

Valances can add a decorative look to a porch without obstructing your view. They can make a plain porch, look charming. Custom made valances can be made in any length or width and are usually hung from under the side of a porch ceiling.

Porch Valance


Patio Umbrellas:

Okay, not an awning, but they sure do look great in a backyard or on a patio or deck. They can be made in any of the Sunbrella Fabrics and Outdura Fabrics too. Coordinate or match them to your awnings and outdoor furniture. Umbrellas will make you feel like you have a resort in your own backyard!

Patio Umbrellas