The Ins and Outs of Architectural Awnings
January 1, 2019
The term architectural awning covers a number of different styles of awning that are more streamlined and design-driven. These awnings have unique elements and considerations that are incorporated into a building’s design, helping to fulfill goals as both functional and visually aesthetic for the building’s architectural design. There are a number of different ways to execute architectural awnings, which gives building owners the freedom use their imagination to bring beautiful, pristine ideas to life.
Metal Architectural Awnings
Among the most popular types of architectural awnings are metal awnings. Metal awnings are functional for the traditional purposes of awnings – durable, reliable, and ideal for protecting walkways, entrances, and other areas from the weather and elements. A unique benefit of metal awnings over more traditional fabric awnings is the sleek, streamlined, and refined style they offer. They are also generally more durable than many types of fabric awning.
Louvered Metal Awnings
Louvered awnings typically have an articulated louvered blade, which can be adjusted by the owner. This adjustment allows owners to be able to control the amount of sunlight that passes through the blades. It can also help during inclement weather such as rain and snow, to provide fuller coverage and ensure that the area underneath the awning is kept safe and dry.
- Structural welded frames
- Mechanisms that hinge, fix, and lock
- Fixed arm designs
- Distinctive architectural designs
- Available as premade or custom-designed
Suspended canopies are a type of architectural awning that add a modern and professional look to buildings, especially businesses. They are especially useful in cases where a more durable type of protection is required, but building owners would like to avoid items like foundations or columns to support them. These canopies can be built-to-order, ensuring that systems can handle the loads mandated by local building codes.