If you’re looking for window or door awnings for your home or business, metal awnings are a great option. They’re durable enough to withstand the test of time and beautiful enough to improve your home’s curb appeal.
That being said, there are so many different styles and types of metal awnings that it’s impossible to know where to start. That’s where we come in to help.
We’ll teach you everything you need to know about awnings made from metal. Soon you’ll have the knowledge you need to pick the perfect one for your home or business. Let’s get started.
Believe it or not there are several different types of metal that your awnings can be made from. Each one has their own set of benefits that you should be aware of if you want to choose the best awnings.
We’ll go over each of different metal awning materials below.
When it comes to ultimate protection from the elements, aluminum awnings are a great choice for Chicago homeowners. They won’t dent, ding or break when exposed to rain, snow, hail and debris from heavy winds.
Not only are they strong, but they won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Aluminum awnings are an extremely affordable option and can do everything that the much more expensive metal awnings can do.
Aluminum awnings are also very low maintenance. They won’t rust at all or face any damage. The only thing you’ll need to do is clean them every once in a while. It’s a real easy window and door awning option for your home or business.
Much like aluminum awnings, copper awnings are very durable. They won’t corrode or rust over time and can handle any weather Chicago has to offer. Still, there are some detractors that you should consider when it comes to copper awnings.
The most obvious problem with copper is that it’s very expensive. Since it’s very durable and heavy, it costs a lot more for the awning and the money spending doesn’t end there.
Over time, it’ll require treatments to maintain its looks. You’ll need to reapply the finish or it will look old and faded. That sounds like a lot of work for a window or door awning.
Steel awnings have a distinct look of beauty but it comes at a major cost. They’re very heavy (even heavier than copper) so they’re hard to install. Because of this, they’re a much more expensive awning option – it’s the most expensive metal awning material available.
It’s also difficult to mold and shape into different variations. This problem will come into play a lot more as you learn about the different awning styles and custom awnings. At the end of the day, you might not be able to get a steel awning in the style you’d like.
Now that you know about the different metal awning materials, it’s time to get into the styles. There are so many different shapes and sizes to get your metal awnings – the sky is the limit.
That being said, we’ve found some of the most common awning styles for businesses and homes that you can learn more about below.
Concave awnings are a very versatile style of metal awning that can be found on either business or homes. The shape will help draft attention to the building and even improve the curb appeal.
You’re probably wondering what’s the shape of a concave awning. The center of the awning sags inwards creating a curve. It adds a bit of sleekness and style to your home.
If concave awnings curve inwards then convex awnings have a curve outwards. This gives it a more rounded appearance that’s perfect for business awnings.
Don’t think you can’t use convex awnings for your home. When added above a window or a door, the round awning stands out among the more angular shapes of your home.
When you have a rounded awning, you gain one more benefit – rain, hail and snow slide away from your home or business. It protects your windows and doors from the elements.
Now we’re getting into more unique awning styles. The eyebrow awning gets its name from its appearance – it looks like a raised eyebrow. It curves upwards in the middle going from left to right, rather than back to front like the convex and concave awnings.
Since the awning is raised, rain and water will slide off and away from your home or business. The eyebrow awning is both stylish and practical.
Juliet awnings add a more unique touch to your home. The best comparison to its looks is a pool table light.
What does that mean? The front of the awning is similar to a convex awning. However, the sides are now covered creating a box shape around the bottom. Around the bottom edge is a trim to finish off a juliet awning.
Everyone has seen a standard awning – they’re very simple but very sleek. A standard awning is 45° slant that extrudes from your home and into a box. The sides are also covered creating a box.
Another more unique awning style is the canopy awning. It’s a combination of a standard and convex awning. It diagonally extends from your home but curves in the middle rounding it. It’s a minimalist look that will help improve your home’s curb appeal.
If none of these styles meet your needs, you can always custom make your metal awnings to get what you want. Early Times custom makes awnings to you get the perfect awning for your taste.
Style isn’t the only thing that can be customized. There are many different color options to choose from. You can have your awning compliment your home or business.
If you’re getting an awning for your home, we make sure to measure your window or door so it’s the perfect size. You don’t want a metal awning that’s too small and doesn’t shield you from the sun’s UV rays.
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