Awnings can be made from many different materials – fabric, acrylic, vinyl, fiberglass, wood or metal to list the most common ones . Each one of these has it’s advantages and disadvantages, benefits and shortcomings. We will make separate reviews about them all and today we will start with the hard-working, durable, strong and low maintenance metal awnings.
The metal awnings have multiple uses and are popular with homeowners for many reasons. They are the toughest awnings available. They offers a solid protection from the elements. They can easily hold many pounds of snow, sleet or hail in the winter or keep an area nice and cool in the summer. There are models on the market specifically designed and rated to stand up to hurricane speed winds. If you need serious protection from the heat and/or the cold, the awnings made of metal should be a top choice.
Benefits of the metal awnings:
1) Durability – as mentioned above , these are the thoroughest, most durable awnings out there. With proper installation and care they can withstand any temperature and any weather condition. They do not fade or stain.
2) Long life span – unlike the awnings made of cloth for example , the metal awnings last for decades
3) Easy maintenance – just a quick hose with water or a quick swipe with a wet sponge
4) Energy savings – it’s no secret that in a typical home the biggest energy loss happens through the doors and windows. According to the American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers when the sun shines directly on southern-facing windows, a metal awning reduces heat gain by up to 65 percent. The savings on your monthly heating / cooling bill can and will be significant. This article claims a reduction of up to $200 a year.
5) Curb Appeal – you can find them in all shapes , sizes and styles. They can easily compliment your outdoor area , not look out of place and be a distraction.
6) Provide privacy – they can come very handy on street-facing windows
7) The “Pleasure” benefit – having a metal awning on your porch or deck keeps it up to 20 degrees cooler in the summer. Why suffer in the scorching heat when you can sit, relax and enjoy your day under a nice shade? This is by far our favorite benefit – saving money, energy and the extreme durability are nice too but can you really put a price on comfort?
8) Versatility – read more on this one below
9) Protect furniture from fading
10) Offer protection from harmful UV rays
Styles of metal awnings
There are typically 2 styles : stationary and retractable. As you’ve probably guessed by their names , the stationary ones are installed in a single, permanent position and cannot be move. They are considerably cheaper than the retractable ones but if you want to let the sun in or out of the house the overhead potion doesn’t move and will need a few tools and a bit of skill to remove them completely. On the other hand the retractable metal awnings are more convenient but considerably more expensive. There are 2 models here: one that is operated by hand and one which comes with a motor (naturally these are usually the most expensive ).
Where to put Your metal awnings
One of the great benefits of the metal awnings as we wrote above is their versatility. They can be placed in any place that needs better climate control, overhead shade and protection from the elements. We don’t think we really have to make a list of uses and place to put them but here it is anyways:
- Over porches and decks
- Over windows
- Over doors
- Over carports
- Over backyards