Why buy an awning or canopy?
So you think you might want an awning or canopy and you’re not sure where to start? Well, here we offer you some things to think about.
Typically circumstances initiate the thoughts about an awning. Is it shade from the sun? How about protection from harsh weather conditions for you, for visitors, or for part of your structure? Or are you considering an awning to add a pleasing visual element to your home or place of business? You may, as a business, want to attract customers or direct them to an appropriate entryway by adding an awning—one that distinguishes you from the rest with its colors, shape, and/or size. It’s not uncommon for an awning to become part of a business’ identity. These are all good reasons, and there is almost always crossover for each benefit.
We admit that an awning or canopy is not always the best solution. Arriving at that determination is a process that requires answers to a progression of questions. Here are just a few of the considerations we help with:
- Sun direction—Its rise and set relative to all sides of a building and to the time of the year (the sun location in summer is not the same as it is in winter)
- Building structure—Some decisions are already made by the building and it is best to consider those first. From structural integrity for mounting, to architectural style, there are numerous factors to consider. We’ve learned over the years, ‘Don’t battle the building!’