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Types of Awnings: Your Guide to Finding the Perfect Awning Style

July 11, 2021 0 comments

Types of Awnings: Your Guide to Finding the Perfect Awning Style

There are quite a few awning styles to choose from, and it can be hard to decide which one is best for your purposes. This article will provide an overview of the different awning styles, as well as help you decide which one is the best for your needs. 

The Fixed Awning

The fixed awning can be quite a durable, versatile design, and is often used on large houses and buildings. It often features a load-bearing wall behind it, so this awning can be left in place over the entirety of your new building. The fixed awning is quite stable in terms of supporting weight, which is why this type is often used on large, heavy properties. You can always switch to a different, more flexible design in the future, but the fixed awning can last for many years. The Rugged Awning The rugged awning is one of the most popular awning designs of all time. It's commonly seen on awnings that need to withstand torrential rains and powerful winds, which is why this type is often used on boats and structures that need to be flexible in terms of weather conditions.

The Retractable Awning

A retractable awning has an opening that swings up and closes behind you, so that you can enjoy the outdoors. Retractable awnings can be ideal for houses and apartments, as you can enjoy the outdoors from indoors and get light, breezy breezes. But retractable awnings are fairly bulky, and while they do offer you shade and privacy from the elements, they may not be the best choice if you want a very narrow awning, and also if you have a smaller house or an apartment. However, for homes and apartments that have limited outdoor space or high walls, a retractable awning can be a very viable option. Another consideration is that retractable awnings are susceptible to theft.

The Wall-Mounted Awning

This is the most basic awning style. You simply mount the awning to the wall using a special bracket. The brackets come in different sizes, depending on how far apart you want them to be. Walls need to be perfectly straight for this awning style, and they may even require you to cut a hole into the wall to mount it. The Hole Size: This is probably the most important part of the bracket, as well as the wall. If the hole size is not perfect, you will be limited to only one side of the awning. Here are the different hole sizes for wall-mounted awnings: 6 inches (152.4 mm) wide 3 inches (76 mm) wide 12 inches (305 mm) wide 24 inches (610 mm) wide Weights: Each bracket can be either a solid piece of wood (such as cedar), or metal (such as copper).

Metal Awnings

Metal awnings are commonly used to shelter sports fields, pavilions and other areas of recreation. They are highly decorative, and used in high-traffic areas. Metal awnings can be used in front of large retailers and commercial buildings. There are many different types of metal awnings, including metal composite, metal roller-curved, steel, and aluminum. A metal awning can last for decades. The material used to make them is even longer-lasting, and it allows for less heat gain, as compared to fiberglass awnings. Metal awnings are mainly used on flat surfaces, such as roofs. Wrought Iron Awnings Wrought iron awnings were once an integral part of a commercial building. They were made by adding sheets of iron to wooden frames.

Canvas Awnings

Canvas awnings are most often associated with hot-weather patio and campout style of usage. They are made from polyester, and can be flexible and lightweight when folded. They can also be conveniently hung, as opposed to the hard-to-locate poles found in metal awnings. Metal Awnings Metal awnings are made from aluminum. They are more heavy duty and durable than the canvas style, but awnings made from aluminum also require much more maintenance to ensure the quality of the construction. Aluminum awnings can be rustic and rusty looking, and are more suitable for sheltered patios and covered parking areas. Metal awnings also come in a variety of styles, such as raised and raked. For people who prefer a more rustic style, an aluminum awning is a perfect choice.


Awnings are one of the most versatile parts of a home. Not only do they add character and beauty to a house, but they also provide insulation and other benefits, as well as providing protection from the elements. Check out the guide in the table below for more information on the different styles, and read the original article to find out more about the pros and cons of each.

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