Dome Awnings

An awning is a covering usually attached to the outside of the building and used to provide shade from direct sunlight, rain or snow. Awnings are great energy savers, because they prevent direct sunlight from entering the rooms. Lightly colored fabric-roofed dome awnings perform a dual function by adding elegance and beauty to the building. If a few inches gap can be maintained between the top of the awning and the face of the wall, accumulated heat can be vented from under a stationary solid surface awning. Over the years, dome awnings have become attractive, classic architectural enhancements for restaurants, hotels, shopping areas, storefronts, windows, doors, and even small or narrow outdoor patio areas.

Dome awning roofs can be made of metals, synthetic fabrics or canvas. Metal sheet roofed dome awnings are virtually maintenance-free and last for a lifetime. Fabric or canvas roofed awnings can easily last for up to ten years, with proper care. These awnings are made from the finest water repellent and mildew resistant synthetic fabrics. However, if dirt accumulates on the awnings, they will become susceptible to mold and mildew after a few rainy seasons. It is therefore necessary to wash the roof of the canvas or fabric awnings on a regular basis. Special cleaners and disinfectants are available in the market for this purpose.

Dome awnings, by virtue of their shape, allow the rainwater to run off and not collect in the middle of the awning. This of course, requires the canvas or fabric to be held tout against the frame. The frame for dome awnings is usually made with powder coated aluminum tubing or galvanized iron tubing, giving it the rounded shape.

Awnings help to reduce utility costs and also prevent degrading of the building. Dome awnings, when installed over windows, provide shade and prevent carpets and furniture inside the house from looking old and faded. They also decrease the indoor temperatures, reduce the need for air conditioner usage, and help save on energy bills.