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Will awnings reduce my air-conditioning costs?
Yes. Awnings conserve energy by shading windows and reducing indoor temperatures. Studies by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRE) have shown that awnings on windows and patio doors can reduce inside temperatures by as much as 8-15 degrees, depending on the exposure of the
window, the color of the fabric and the style and method of attaching the awning. Click on "Consumer Education" and learn how awnings can "Slash Your Energy Bills"!
How many styles of awnings are there?
Awnings can be made to almost any size or shape. With the use of modern metal fabrication equipment and techniques coupled with many new fabric seaming and attachment methods, design options are literally limitless. Examples of awning styles can be found in the Photo Gallery. For illustrations of standard awning styles go to the Photo Gallery on the navigation tool bar.
Can I apply graphics to my awning?
Yes, the type of graphics and method of application would depend on the fabric selection, as various fabrics accept different applications. Applying graphics directly to awning fabrics provides identification and/or advertisement without the need for "add-on" sign structures. Consult a PAMA member company to ensure using the appropriate graphic application.
How do I keep my awning clean?
Regular maintenance generally means a once-a-year cleaning, with additional care if stains or soil age appears. The regular cleaning schedule starts the first year in which the awning is in service. Your awning professional can help by offering a regular maintenance contract. Also, remember that your awning is an exterior product. In the same way you wouldn't leave your automobile outside without washing it for very long, you'll also need to clean your fabric awning to preserve and extend its good looks and service life.
What colors are available?
Today's fabrics come in more than 500 solid and striped colors! Remember, too, that most of the time you are enjoying your awning you are relaxing underneath it (not outside looking at it), so the underside color is probably the one you will see more often. With so many colors to choose from you are bound to find several that will enhance the look of your home or building.
Is there much difference between the various types of awning fabrics?
Yes, different fibers, weaves and coatings have very specific advantages. Some fabrics are breathable, some are not. Acrylic fabrics have a rich cloth appearance and are much more colorfast and fade resistant. Vinyl coated fabrics are the most water repellent. Mesh fabrics allow better ventilation and outward visibility. Your awning professional will help you make the best selection.
Does my awning come with a warranty?
In many cases, awning fabrics are warranted for a period of 5 years or more, in proportion (pro-rate) to the useful life of the fabric. Other warranties regarding the frame and workmanship may apply and vary by job and by state. See your Professional Awning Manufacturer for more details pertaining to your particular project.
Will my awning protect me from the sun's harmful rays?
Not only does an awning protect you from the sun, but it also protects you from the other natural elements, such as rain and snow. In certain configurations, awnings can also protect you from wind. As in many shade options, the amount of protection from the sun's harmful ultra violet rays would be determined by the type and color of the fabric. Your Professional Awning Manufacturer can help you meet your requirements, through the proper fabric selection.
Will awnings protect my furniture from fading?
Awnings, just as other interior window products, protect furniture, floors and carpets from fading caused by harsh sun rays. However, unlike interior products, awnings give the added benefit of energy savings by reducing the solar radiation through glass windows and doors.
I live in a development governed by a homeowners' association. Are awnings allowed there?
Because canvas awnings are colorful, attractive, energy-saving design features, most homeowners' associations are receptive to adding them to the exterior decor of a building. Typically, the association's architectural committee reviews these questions. Many developments work with a local awning professional so that the awning styles and
colors are consistent throughout the development.
What is the support frames made from? How durable are they?
Metal support frames are made from either galvanized steel or aluminum and will last a lifetime! Regular maintenance on a frame requires annual inspections of fasteners, connections and metal condition. Frames are also available with a painted finish for additional protection and attractiveness.
If I purchase a traditional patio awning, can the frame be dismantled for the winter months?
Yes it can. However, it's important that you inform you Professional Awning Manufacturer of this requirement, so that the awning is designed for this purpose and the proper slip fittings are used. Many homeowners remove the fabric and leave the frame up over the winter.
Do I need a building permit for an awning?
Not for most residential awnings. However, almost all commercial situations, especially in major metropolitan areas, do require a permit. In some areas, more than one, such as one for graphics and another for historic district approval. Your awning professional is very knowledgeable about when and where permits are required.
Why would I want my retractable awning motorized?
Nothing could be more convenient than simply flipping a switch and watching your awning roll out on its own. Once fully extended or retracted, the unit will stop automatically. You may also stop the retractable in any position by flipping a wall-mounted switch or pushing a button on a remote. Research has shown that a motorized awning is used four times as much as a manual unit.
What kind of wind loads can a retractable awning handle?
Retractable awnings primarily are for sun protection and should not be left out in windy conditions. However, wind is a very unpredictable force, with a tendency to change direction and speed very quickly. In a wind-tunnel test, which is a very controlled environment, a retractable awning withstood straight-on wind forces at over 50 mph. In "real-life" applications, the general rule of thumb is: If you are comfortable sitting outdoors dining or reading the paper, then it is probably safe to operate your awning. The concern with wind is the up-lifting effect on the awning rather than the downward force; therefore the greater the pitch, the more wind-resistant the unit is.
What does an average-sized retractable awning cost?
Because most retractable awnings are customized for each residence, prices cannot be given without verified measurements and on-site inspection. Your awning supplier typically can meet with you for a free, in-home consultation to design an awning that's right for you.
How will my retractable awning mount to my facility?
Installers locate the structural framework and pre-drill the mounting bracket holes through any siding to tie in directly to either the wall studs or headers. On roof-mount applications, the installers tie into the rafters, pre-drilling to avoid cracking and silicone-caulking the hardware and brackets to prevent leaks.
If there are no poles, what supports the unit?
Retractable awnings have been designed to be self-supporting. This style of awning relies on secure mounting in conjunction with spring-loaded arms. The arm tension is created with internal springs, and large radius elbows keep the fabric tight by applying outward force.
Are there any other weather conditions I should be concerned about?
Retractable awnings primarily are designed to provide protection from the sun's rays and not from rain. However, it can be used in drizzle or misting rains with proper unit pitch. In heavy or driving rains or wind, the unit must be retracted to keep water from "pooling" on the fabric and causing damage or irreversible fabric stretching.
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