Nothing will lend a distinctive look to your home quicker than canvas awnings. Awnings can complement any door, any window.
And they'll keep you cool and dry, too!
We provide the following custom designed awnings for residential installations:
- Canvas Awnings
- Retractable Awnings
- Bahama Shutters
- Hurricane Protection
- Drop Curtains
- Patio & Beach Umbrellas
Awnings Save Home Energy
Anyone sitting under a canopy on a hot Florida afternoon can appreciate the cooling benefits of shade, but you may not
be aware of just how effective awnings are as a low-tech, low-cost way to cut summer cooling bills. According to the California
Energy Commission shading your home with exterior awnings can reduce the temperature indoors by as much as 20o
Fahrenheit on a hot day!
About 40 percent of the unwanted heat that builds up in your house comes in through windows. Although
both exterior and interior shades can control this heat gain, exterior shades -- items such as awnings -- are more far effective,
since they block sunlight before it enters the windows.
Awnings rate high because they block direct sunlight. Canvas awnings are attached above the window and extend outward and
down. Properly installed awnings can reduce heat gain in your home up to 65 percent on southern windows and as much as 77
percent on eastern and western windows.
A light-colored awning does double duty by also reflecting sunlight. Maintaining a gap between the top of the awning and
the side of your house helps to vent any accumulated heat from under a solid surface awning.
Aesthetically, an awning mounted at an angle of 45 degrees is pleasing to the eye. Make sure the awning does not project
into the path of foot traffic unless it is at least six feet eight inches from the ground.
The amount of drop you need -- how far down the window an awning should come -- depends on where the window is located.
On the east or west side of the house, the awning optimally needs a drop that covers 65 percent to 75 percent of the window.
Because of the higher angle of the sun, an awning on the south side needs to cover only 45 percent to 60 percent of the window
to produce the same amount of shade.
*Adapted from the California Energy Commission website
Window Design Strategies to Conserve Energy
Publication Number 104
in the Nationa Bureau of Standards "Building Science Series" (June 1977)
Cooling Your Home Naturally
The Energy Efficiency
Energy Clearinghouse (EREC)
P.O. Box 3048
Merrifield, VA 22116
Home Energy Manual
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street
800-772-3300 (toll free in California)