Exterior Awnings

By virtue of their function, all  awnings  essentially work as exterior  awnings . In residential dwellings,  awnings  are usually found in backyards for entertaining guests, covering parking spaces, and on windows along the side of the home.  Awnings  are also installed on the exterior face of the buildings, above either doors or windows, or on top of areas along sidewalks.  Awnings  installed in the backyard protect people from the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays on hot sunny days. They also provide protection from rain, snow, and other elements during winter.  Awnings  are also mounted over open balconies and patios to offer respite from the elements over a larger area.  Awning  can also be used as temporary car parking shades in open areas to protect the paint and the interior of the cars from fading.

Small sized lightweight exterior  awnings  are usually made from aluminum or hollow galvanized iron sectional frames and tough fabric or canvas roofs. Larger  awnings  can have roofs made of aluminum slats. They are designed to be durable, strong, and have the ability to withstand winds and storms. They are an ideal choice for those who wish to cover a relatively large area and prefer a heavy-duty structure. However, the disadvantage to  awnings  with metal slat roofs is that it can get noisy as a drumbeat during rain and storms. Also, aluminum  awnings  offer only limited sizes for selection and are usually difficult to customize.

 Awnings  made from cloth and canvas, on the other hand, are available in countless colors and designs. They can be easily customized to the required size and shape, so consumers can always find one that matches the exterior of the home. These types of  awnings  are cheaper than  awnings  with metal slat roofs. They are also relatively less resilient to adverse weather conditions and the color of the material will gradually fade due to ultraviolet rays. Also,  awnings  made from vinyl, canvas, or cloth require more maintenance and have to be regularly cleaned to avoid permanent stains and mold growth.