Awnings for homes are commonly found in hot weather climates where protection from the sun ensures you have additional opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. We’ve all had the experience of standing in the rain fumbling for keys to open a door, or sitting on the back patio and wishing we had a bit more shade during a warm afternoon.
But even where the weather is not a primary motivator, people often look to these great additions to add style, re-sale value and a bit of extra utility to a home by incorporating extra coverage to your home’s exterior. Architects and designers often turn to awnings as the piece that really helps a home stand out from the rest, and with the different styles, fabrics, shapes and materials to choose from there is no shortage of creativity when it comes to accenting a home with a unique twist.
The material you select is then built or stretched over a base frame mounted to the home and built out in a truss like shape. There are, however, a number of other materials from which awning can be constructed like aluminum, Lexan, plastic, multiple layers of mixed materials and more.
Places we typically see home awnings installed:
- Doors (front and back)
Home awnings are made from a variety of materials such as acrylic, polyester, cotton, canvas or various metals including aluminum or copper. The material you choose will often depend on a few factors:
- Size – the size of the awning is always a factor as size usually is a large factor in determining the cost of an awning. If you need a very large awning, than more commonly people will turn to less expensive materials to cover the area. But smaller areas, such as windows and doors, are more commonly found on homes.
- Function – Are you looking for something you can fold up and put away, or something that will be permanently affixed? Also are you in need of solid shelter or merely something visual to look at? Deciding on the answers to these types of functional questions will help narrow the choices down to just a few.
- Durability – When it comes to home awnings, durability is a big concern. If you choose a fabric awning, be prepared to replace it more often as the sun fades it or winds damage it. If you choose a metal awning such as aluminum or copper, you can expect it to last much longer – and copper will even give you a patina as it ages making it more unique than when you first had it installed.
The case for copper
The use of awning to shade people and buildings from the elements is as old as history. Ancient Egyptians, Syrians and Romans all used awning extensively.
With such durable material as copper, you see today beautiful copper awnings in Europe that are hundreds of years old. Copper is durable, long-lasting, attractive and architecturally appealing.
But you don’t have to visit Europe to see the utilitarian and architectural use of custom copper awnings in homes today. Just take a ride through moderately upscale subdivisions in South Louisiana and you will find attractive custom homes adorned with equally attractive custom copper awnings.
In today’s increasingly “green” building societal orientation, you’ll find that copper is not just attractive but it is green. It is very long-lasting, cost-effective and easy to maintain. The find patina that attaches itself quickly to new copper protects the underlying metal for decades.
If you would like to know more about the beauty and serviceability of custom copper awnings, contact Crescent City Copper at 877-251-5327.