Tips & Advice
How to choose window awnings
Choose window awnings that are made of the proper material for your situation, needs, and budget. If you live in a place with changeable weather, you should try to get retractable awnings even though they’re more expensive. Finally, if it is difficult or undesirable to use a manual crank with arm strength, try to find a reasonably priced motorized awning.
How to measure for window awnings
To measure for window awnings, you need to calculate the height of the window, from which you will calculate the wall height. Next determine the projection--a standard for window blinds is that they are 1/2 of either the wall height or point drop, depending which way they face. Also, measure the width of the window and any other important variables, such as if the window cranks out to open.
How to clean window awnings
You clean window awnings differently depending what their material is, but the main steps are to use a broom to brush away debris and dust on the underside and the top of the awning, and then scrub with the appropriate cleaning solution and hose it down.
What are awnings made out of?
Awnings can be made out of many materials, the traditional ones being wood, canvas, and aluminum. However, modern awnings are often made of durable fabric like a polyester vinyl blend, or canvas topped with a durable synthetic fabric, or fiberglass.
How much does it cost to build an awning?
The cost to build an awning is on the lower range about $600-$800 for non-retractable window awnings to $1,300 (for non-motorized retractable awnings) to $2,500-$4,000 (for motorized patio awnings). The most expensive awnings are motorized with weather sensor, and the cost of getting one built also includes the electrician’s fee to wire it.
Awnings work either manually or motorized, assuming they are retractable. The point of an awning is to provide shade, either inside a building or shade for a patio. A retractable awning is said to have “arms” that extend from the wall of the building, and the awning material can be unfurled or retracted depending on what the weather and situation calls for. Manual retractable awnings have articulated arms, i.e. with different sections, and they fold or unfold using a crank mechanism. Motorized retractable awnings roll out or back onto straight “telescopic” arms.
What are the benefits of an awning?
The benefits of an awning are that it can be left up long-term or permanently, and, for a price you can get motorized retractable awnings with weather sensors that easily adjust to the daily conditions. Awnings are also much better for smaller outdoor spaces, and less intrusive than canopies.
What is the difference between a canopy and an awning?
The key differences between a canopy and an awning are that awnings are installed permanently (though they are often retractable), are intended to lower temperatures inside a building, and attach to the exterior building structure rather than being mounted above support posts. Canopies are assembled and disassembled; are are meant as outdoor shades.