Show Your Style with an Awning
January 1, 2019
There are an astounding variety of different types and styles of awnings that can help you show your style, add character and appeal to your home, or show the personality of your business. Awnings are extremely practical investments that can also save money on cooling costs and protect important belongings, so the cost is more justifiable than many other home and business accents. When you decide to add an awning to your home or business, it is important to consider what impression you are trying to convey and carefully select the different awnings features to perpetuate that image.
Selecting a Style
The awning style is typically based at least in part on the function that the awning will serve. Awning functions may include protecting customers from the elements while entering a building, blocking light from windows, or providing shade for a patio area. Selecting an awning style that best completes the intended function makes the home or business appear practical and savvy. Selecting an awning style that showcases the personality of the business or homeowner while completing the intended function conveys sophistication.
There are seven main awning styles to select from:
- Rounded entrance canopy
- Elongated dome
- Quarter round/convex
- Lateral arm retractable
- Fixed frame
Fabric or Materials
The fabric or materials of the awning should also be selected based on function, but fitted to style. No-nonsense businesses may wish to use awnings with high quality vinyl and clean lines and slats that make them easy to clean. Homes that use awnings to shade patios may select breathable fabrics with scalloped edges or other personalized features. Awning professionals can make recommendations regarding the best awning materials to withstand weather while fitting with needs and preferences.
Selecting Colors and Designs
The colors and designs that are selected can make an awning either blend in with the rest of the building or stand out. Stripes or patterns that match the building accents, trim, and colors can add a stylish allure. Colors that pop can add a fun-loving feel to the building that can be especially helpful for attracting younger crowds. Colors and designs can also support consistency, as with chain businesses.