A window awning creates shade while providing a decorative look to your home. When designing a window awning needs to take into account the style of the building, the use of the building, and any community or zoning regulations.
Benefits of Window Awnings
There are several benefits that window awnings can give. First, they help make the indoors more comfortable and lower the cooling costs of a home by shading windows from the sun.
Having a awning over the window can help stop or prevent fading furniture and floor coverings as well.
It is a way to provide some protection for your home from the elements, and it adds color and a decorative style to your home.
Automated Window Awnings
One design for you to consider is the automated window awning. These awnings have a metal frame including arms that can be seen from the exterior and interior of the home.
These awnings cannot have curves or angles in them; they must be designed in single pieces. If you have a bay window, for example, you would need to use three separate awnings to cover each of the sides.
The advantage to automated window awnings is that they can be retracted when you want more sunlight and put down when you want more shade. Other types of window awnings are permanent.
Retractable awnings can be made so that they operate by pull tapes – the simplest and least expensive method - hand cranks, or motors that are activated by button or remote control.
A European type of awning design, the curved awning works well on rounded windows. It has two curved pieces of metal as supports, one at the top of the window flush with the home, and another half circle hanging out perpendicular to the home.
This design creates and angled look that is sleek and elegant. The European-style window awning often has a ruffle or border at the bottom for additional flair.
This type of awning can be adjusted to be retractable by installing a motor that lifts the bottom support to the top, but it is not a common feature, since the top would catch rain water and a curved housing to protect the retracted awning would be a difficult proposition.
Old World or Box Style Awnings
This traditional window awning design has an enclosed frame and a traditional design. It features triangular pieces extending from the sides connected to the large rectangular piece of durable fabric over the front of the window.
These awnings are installed permanently, and add a traditional look as well as great shade to a home.
You can customize any of these styles of window awnings by choosing from a variety of fabric styles and sizes. You can also work with a manufacturer to create a different window awning combination that is just right for your home.