Window Awnings

“Pros and Cons” of today’s most popular window awning options –
Comparing fabric, aluminum, wood and copper

Window awnings are increasingly popular because they reduce energy costs by providing extra shade while also add style and beauty to the exterior of your building.

However some people choose window awning canopies solely as a decorative or architectural accent.  But whatever your motivation for considering a window awning, they will definitely add value to your home or business.

Special Note: Crescent City Copper offers standard sizes on our website – but our designers can also manufacture a window awning to your custom sizes or specifications.

A Few of the Most Popular Window Awnings We Carry

Crescent City Copper carries the following styles of window awnings that come standard with your choice of iron bracket:

Considerations when choosing a material for a window awnings

tn_fabric awningWindow awnings come in a variety of materials, and choosing the right awning can be quite confusing.  Here is a simple information guide to the most popular choices for window awnings.


Canvas retractable window awnings have been a popular outdoor patio choice for years. These awnings can be personalized and come in a variety of colors and patterns, making them a great choice to stand out and make a splash.

However, canvas awnings are not the best option for climates with a lot of rain, because the rain may pool on top, failing to run off the awnings, and eventually causing rot and tearing. In addition, fabric awnings fade in the sunlight, and tear when exposed to high winds.


Wooden window awnings can be quite stylish and versatile. Wood awnings can have a rugged look, or they can include ornate carvings or stylish lattice patterns. They can be stained or painted to match a variety of exteriors.

Unfortunately wooden awnings are also not the best choice for a wet climate. They may rot after repeated exposure to rain and humidity, and they may trap moisture against the side of the house (or top of the window frame), therefore contributing to rot and decay.

Steel or iron

Hurricane protection aluminum shutter installed on tropical home

Iron window awnings, especially those made from wrought iron provide a classic, stylish look. Although iron and steel awnings are durable, they can be quite pricey and heavy. In addition, wrought iron window awnings complement some Gothic or Victorian looks, but they lack the versatility to match more classic or modern buildings.


Aluminum window awnings are a popular choice because they are long-lasting, lightweight, fairly inexpensive, and provide good rain flow and sun protection. Aluminum awnings are a good match for a high-moisture climate.

However, aluminum window awnings come in limited styles and do require occaisional cleaning. Some would say they are perhaps a little too popular – especially if you are looking for something a bit different. Although they are highly functional and maintain their original condition, they lack the style needed to truly stand out and improve the exterior of your building.

Copper – Our Choice for Awnings

tn200_awningCopper awnings share the same qualities of protecting from rain and sun with aluminum window awnings, but they also provide homeowners with unmatched style and durability.

Copper window awnings add quality and style to every residential or commercial building and come in a variety of styles that can be customized to match any exterior – especially historic applications.

Copper window awnings also get good ratings for being highly durable.  They outlast all other window awnings. Moreover, copper awnings are very low-maintenance.  Rather than fading, cracking or chipping over time, copper awning features grow more beautiful and distinct as they develop a rich-looking patina shell that protects the underlying copper structure.

Buy Window Awnings from Crescent City Copper

If you are looking for the best value in a copper window awning we invite you to shop the different styles found on our website.  These include raised seam, standing seam, standard seam, barrel, Victorian, dome and arched styles of window awnings.  We can also help you with installation questions if you do not have a contractor.

Or if you have any additional questions about window awning orders, shipping or pricing please call us 1-877-251-5327 and one of our sales associates will help you make a selection.

Article by: Andre’ Savoie