Awnings add charm and personality to almost any architectural landscape that they are a part of. In addition to their good looks and complementary styles, awnings block out the damaging sun’s rays while allowing daylight inside. They also offer some tremendous energy-efficient advantages that you may not have been aware of.
Awnings have been adding character to a variety of different-style buildings and homes for nearly two hundred years! Simple in appearance and designed to be functional, the very first fabric awnings were only installed when and where they were needed. Originally, the awning’s sole purpose was to shield unwanted sunlight and precipitation. You might say that the unique visual appeal they’ve added to our streetscapes was an unintended consequence. Before the invention of air conditioning, awnings provided natural climate control by allowing cool air to circulate throughout interior rooms while the windows were left open. They were also very beneficial to store owners in a way that allowed people to continue with their window shopping on rainy days.
As time went on, mechanical air conditioning became readily available to anyone that could afford it. Many thought that the old fabric awnings were outdated and unnecessary, and had them removed. Little by little, our streets and neighborhoods started to lose some of their distinguished character that the traditional fabric awnings provided.
Home and business owners soon realized that awnings provided beneficial shading. When used properly in conjunction with air conditioning, the awning’s natural shading allows you the option to purchase smaller, less expensive air conditioning systems. Cooling systems would also last longer because they wouldn’t need to work as hard to keep inside temperatures stable and comfortable. And because of this, it wasn’t long before the awning started to make a strong comeback.
This advanced way of thinking paved the way for aluminum and fiberglass-type awnings to be produced. Canopies and sunshade systems, in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, frames and fabrics became readily available. Because of all of this patios, balconies and recreational vehicles be more enjoyable during warm and inclement weather.
Some savvy business owners even add their company’s name, logo, phone number and address to the exterior of their awnings and canopies. They use their awnings as billboards and business cards to help spread local commercial identity for their business.
A properly installed awning will not only help reduce summertime heat from passing through your windows, they will also aid in eliminating unwanted glare and keep your valuables from fading. Keep in mind that the actual effectiveness of any awning will be determined by the size, type and location of your windows as well as the climate you live in. One thing is for certain; your air conditioning system will not have to work as hard or as often. This means that you can lower your cooling costs by 25% or more and easily dress up your home or business at the same time.
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