When it comes to installing an awning for your home, there are so many designs to choose from that the “best” one would probably be your pick among really good options. Building owners and architects can create distinct awnings for each situation. That said, you will probably need to choose between retractable and stationary awnings. Here’s an indepth look at both of them:
Overview of retractable awnings
These awnings offer a lot of variability, such that you can get a different look for each season, or get on-demand coverage for only certain parts of the day. Retractable awnings typically have moving parts, which makes them quite costly compared to stationary awnings. Other characteristics of retractable awnings include:
- Typically made of fabric due to its flexibility for easy roll up
- Higher cost due to moving parts
- Option for motorized remote control or old-fashioned hand crank to unfurl/retract the awning
- Options for greater customization, such as adding sensors that automatically opens the awning when it gets too hot and retracts them when it gets chilly
- Easy to close up for winter to optimize natural light
- Option for a genuine historic look
Overview of stationary awnings
These awnings are permanently installed, which implies that your business or building will have the same look and benefits year round.
Their lack of variation is particularly suited for promoting businesses by displaying your brand, name, logo, address, and a range of specialized graphics.
Once installed, stationary awnings can last for several years or longer. Other characteristics of stationary awnings include:
- Greater strength due to permanent installation.
- Lots of options for materials, including all-aluminium, fabric-covered frame, or a section containing clear thermoplastic material or speciality panels with louvres.
- Can be designed in any shape – since they are permanent installations.
- They tend to be considerably larger than retractable awnings since you can support them with posts underneath.
- Can be designed as a free-standing canopy structure.
Which is better?
With the exception of landmark-status buildings that automatically go with retractable awnings, choosing an awning is largely a matter of personal preference.
In a location with strong winds and harsh precipitation, it would be safer to install retractable awnings so you can tuck them away in severe weather. On the other hand, stationary awnings are pretty solid, and with the right materials and structural engineering, they can withstand nearly anything. Furthermore, both categories of awnings come in a wide range of colours, designs, fabrics, and other options.
Many businesses opt for stationary awnings, while homeowners prefer shade on demand with retractable awnings. But before you make your decision, it is important that you discuss the options with a professional awning expert, who has product knowhow and experience to know what would work best for your location and building.