Awnings – Aluminum
When green was just a colour, long before the environment was a factor in home design and when energy costs were rational, we had offered the ultimate energy-saving device. The permanent aluminium awning, installed over windows much reduces cooling costs in the summer while eliminating ice build-up in winter. Some half a century ago when air conditioners became a household fixture, energy was cheap and fenestration technology leapt forward, the awning fell from grace.
Today, with soaring energy prices and with increased awareness of the environment, the awning stages a comeback – and a major one at that. We install more awnings a week now than what we used to do in a month, just a few years ago.
Awnings are everywhere – in new and old homes, over windows and porches, entry doors and passageways.
Our awnings are made of .040″ solid interlocking aluminium sheets with a full 8″ valance – deeper and stronger than other comparable products. A variety of colours and combination thereof offered at no extra charge. Awnings are made and installed to last for decades, structurally and with a lasting finish. Needs no service or maintenance, and the baked paint always looks new. They can be installed without support with a generous slope to keep the snow away, or with supporting beams where a wide projection or a lesser slope if required. If needed, the posts can be used as part of a railing system, for a complete look.
At the ‘More’ tab see options and available colours.
Note that our awnings are permanent, not retractable.
We offer two types of permanent aluminium awnings:
Pan awnings, where the sections run perpendicular to the wall. This is the most popular style, provides better strength and clears the snow faster. This style is available in closed or vented sides curtains.
Step-down awnings, where the sections run parallel to the wall. This style needs further reinforcement and is prone to leakage when the snow melts. While it is popular in the south, it is hardly seen in Canada.
See awnings applications per tabs above, terminology and measuring guide at the ‘More’ tab.
AAW10 – permanent aluminum awning installed at front porch with columns (double posts with scrolls)
AAW15 – low overhead awning at front porch.
AAW20 – same, side view, note the mini gutter at the front.
AAW30 – front porch awning with posts installed within existing steel railing.
AAW40 – Front porch awning using extended railing posts as support.
AAW50 – Awning installed over concert porch that is wider than the wall area.
AAW60 – awning installed over tall entrance.
AAW120 – awning with a corner cutout to match a bay window.
AAW140 – awning with trimmed scallops and mini gutter at front.
AAW145 – closer look at above. Note the mini gutter detail.
AAW150 – trimmed awning with a mini gutter.
AAW180 – railing posts used to support the awning.
AAW190 – ramp awning.
AAW300 – Side awning using railing posts as support.
AAW320 – home office entrance awning.
AAW325 – as above, note side brace where we could not install a post.
AAW330 – basement entrance canopy.
AAW400 – free hanging canopy over double doors.
AAW410 – door hood.
AAW420 – door hood
AAW430 – trimmed door hood with a mini gutter.
AAw450- commercial application.
AAW460 – commercial application.
AAW500 – window awning.
AAW540 – door and window awnings.
AAW545 – door and window awnings.
AAW560 – porch and window awning.
AAW800 – post mounting detail connecting to hat section.
Awnings can be made in one colour or a combination of colours. Please use the samples below as reference. Colours are on the outside – top of awning, while the underneath is white. There is no additional charge for colours or combination thereof.
Note – colours are subject to your monitor / printer rendering. Actual colours may vary. More colours may be available – please check with us.
Our awnings are made of strong, heavy-gauge aluminium, baked enamel finish, sure to last for decades without losing its lustre Panels are “U” shaped, 5” modules, interlocking into each other to ensure maximum structural strength.
Due to its superior mechanical strength, we can install our awnings at projections up to 4’ deep, without support. For wide awnings, we provide additional beam reinforcement – see picture “AAw810” above.
Where posts are needed, we offer either 1” or 1.5” heavy gauge square posts, or – essentially double posts with connecting scrolls.
Awning terminology is simple: there are three dimensions: width, drop and projection. Please see the sketch below.
Valance height is always 8″, and is included in the drop.
Drop calculation – ideally, for unsupported awnings such as window awnings, we would like to see a generous slope. A basic formula is: D” = P” / 2 + 6; where D is overall drop and P is projection. Example -48” projection: 48/2 + 6 = 30”.
For supported awnings – we can do with a 1:12 slope. Note that drop is calculated to include the valance – always 8”. As such, say for 10’ projection you’ll need 10” + 8”, for a total drop of 18”.
When measuring an awning, allow for at least 6″ more at each exposed size:
Drop on a bungalow’s front porch can be limited, where the soffit height does not allow for a sufficient slope. We need the height (clear height) from the porch floor to the soffit, as well as the porch’s depth. See sketch below:
Once awning is installed, there should be at least 78″ height from bottom of the awning to the porch floor:
If overhang is too low to obtain the 78″ clearance, we can make the awning deeper so that it will extend over the first step, to gain app 7″ in height:
In some cases we can hang the awning on the fascia board bottom, so it can be a tad shallower:
For DIY projects – we can manufacture the awning for your measurements and supply it. However, we would strongly recommend our expert installation.