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Finding Outside Awnings For Home

By Bill A. Almazan

Homes a hundred years ago typically had awnings for home over each window and doorway. In those days this was pretty much the only way to cut down on the glare from the sun. These older homes had no insulation and no air conditioning or fans. Awnings were the only method they had to control internal temperatures.

Later awnings, those dating to the mid fifties, were often made of heavy canvas materials. They could be rolled out and rolled back depending on the time of year or weather. Many could be completely removed in order to have them cleaned. Years before air conditioning was installed in almost every home, these were just about the only way to try to keep your home as cool as possible.

After that, awnings changed rapidly to keep up with the times. Once homes were built with air conditioning units, awnings seem to have died down in popularity. However, they reappeared as necessary items mainly for back yards and patios during summer outdoor entertainment months.

However, the older aluminum ones never fell out of favor. Any time one of these homes changes hands, it’s rare for the new owners to take down these historic awnings! Why? They do their jobs, they reduce heat and glare, and they still look good.

Depending on what you’d like to install in today’s world, you’ll find large differences when it comes to prices, sizes and whether they are manual or automatic. Of course, the automatic ones cost more but when it comes to large sizes that cover the equivalent of a living room, this is the only way to go. A manual awning of this magnitude would be almost impossible to maneuver easily, or it would need to be installed in sections.

Pricing, sizes and materials now vary greatly. Many awnings are custom made to cover the size of a double door or sliding glass doors. Materials now are commonly of the washable variety although they aren’t supposed to be removed – simply spray on the appropriate solution and hose down. The same ones placed over smaller windows can either have mechanisms added whereby the actual awning can be removed and professionally cleaned, or they too can be prepped and hosed down as well. Buying a material such as vinyl can still be attractive but much easier to keep clean.

Pricing varies greatly. The typical large home improvement centers usually act as middlemen; they only put you in touch with local stores and contractors who can help you choose awnings and get them installed. Smaller local retailers might be a better choice if they actually manufacture the product themselves and offer installation services. They sell direct to the consumer and because of that, are most likely able to provide lower prices than at the big box popular retailers.

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Almazan, Bill A. "Finding Outside Awnings For Home." Finding Outside Awnings For Home. 2 Jul. 2010. 15 Feb 2016 <>.

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Almazan, B (2010, July 2). Finding Outside Awnings For Home. Retrieved February 15, 2016, from

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