When you take a walk down a crowded city
street you are bound to see something that is becoming the new
big trend in small business. An aluminum awning above a
storefront adds not only charm and character to a small
business, it also is great advertising.
Years ago it seemed that awnings were primarily for homes.
Your grandparents might have lived in a small house with an
aluminum awning stretching along the front above the big
picture window. One of the most popular color combinations back
in the day was a red house with a big green aluminum awning in
Nowadays most single family homes don’t have an awning. This
is mainly because the design of most modern homes just does not
support this accessory. If you live in an apartment complex
there’s still a fairly good chance that at least one aluminum
awning can be found on the front of the building.
I think there’s long been a misconception that builders were
utilizing them strictly for aesthetic purposes. Although an
aluminum awning certainly does add an extra pop to what might
be an otherwise drab exterior, they do serve another purpose as
Weather can be so damaging to the outside surfaces of any
building. Rain can cause wood to rot and crack, sun can cause
paint to fade and wind can whip dirt around causing windows to
become dusty and dirty. With an aluminum awning in place, the
effects of the weather aren’t nearly as extreme.
If you want the benefit of having some protection from the
elements, yet you’re not sold on the idea of having an awning
on your building or home, there’s a solution that will work
well for you. There are companies that have designed an
aluminum awning that is retractable. The awning can be pulled
back at your whim with a simple crank of a handle or the push
of a button.
This type is obviously going to cost a bit more, but it’s a
good compromise for someone who wants the look without having
to completely commit to it. Not all vendors who sell awnings
will offer this specialized type so you may have to search a
bit to find one.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a quaint little home in the
country or a bustling business in the city, an awning might
help spruce up the exterior of your place while giving you a
reprieve from Mother Nature at the same time.