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Awnings come in all shapes and sizes and you’ll often see them covering a patio or outdoor area. But did you know that awnings are an excellent way to add privacy and shade to the exterior of your home? Awnings, in general, all serve different purposes and are best suited for different areas in the home. Knowing which ones are best suited for which area will go a long way to ensuring that your awning lasts a long time. And that it works best for your particular needs, as well as your location.
In short, no, not all window awnings are not the same, and in fact, there are many different ones that you may not know about.
Different types of awnings
The first distinction is the permanency of the awning. Some of them are permanent structures, some of them are movable, temporary structures, and some are somewhere in between.
- Awnings that are attached to the side of a home or building that stay out permanently. These are fixed awnings and come in a range of styles and materials. Some fixed awnings can also be attached to the home so they can be brought in and out as needed.
- Semi-permanent awnings also have different types and styles. You can have semi-permanent awnings that move in and out on their own with the push of a button. These are called folding arm awnings or commonly known as retractable awnings.
- There are also awnings that require you to stretch out the awning material yourself over its frame.
- The less permanent ones also include stand-alone awnings. They can help shade your backyard or any area that you are seeking to block out the environment be it the sun, or wind. These can be great for creating wind-shields or shaded seating areas in your backyard.
So what’s the difference between an awning and a window awning?
Window awnings are just one type of awning that are, simply put, used on the exterior of windows. The difference is that these awnings can also be made of different textures and materials that serve different purposes. There are some that hold up well to extreme weather conditions, shielding the window from the elements and helping keep out the cold. As well as others that are made more to simply block out the sun and provide a little shade to the window below.
Some of them are made to be left out permanently. These are built with stronger, resilient materials while others are made to be closed-up and brought back in except when it is needed to be out. Depending on your needs will determine which type is best suited for your home.
As mentioned earlier, no, not all awnings, especially window awnings are the same. There are many different types, styles and uses, whether or windows or otherwise. If you are looking for awnings or any other type of window treatments our team at Complete Blinds would love to be your supplier of choice. With years of experience, our team can help you get the perfect awning for your environment and needs.