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4 Types of Awnings to Consider For Your Property In The New Year

Posted on Thursday, December 30th, 2021 at 2:17 pm.
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Consider the many types of awnings you can install on your home this year.

When it comes to the exterior of your residential or commercial property, there are always improvements to be made that can add some extra sparkle to your building. If you want to improve your property’s structural integrity and appearance, you can accomplish both with a new awning from Carroll Architectural Shade. Installing an awning can be a great way to provide extra protection from the weather, energy savings, and additional advertising for a business. However, finding the best awning for your property can be an overwhelming task. By understanding the types of awnings and what each offers, you can start designing the best new structure for your property this year. 

Fixed Awnings

Fixed awnings are permanent structures welded together and attached to your home or business. Most fixed awnings will be built from galvanized steel or aluminum and then painted. You can then select various fabrics to create a custom cover to fit your structure. These awnings can last upwards of 30 years with proper care and maintenance. A fixed structure can be added above porches, doorways, decks, patios, and around pools. 

Retractable Awnings

One of the most versatile types of awnings you can add to any building is a retractable awning. A retractable awning is attached to one side of your structure and can be closed or opened at any time. This awning allows you to provide shade when needed and open up for the sunshine when you want to soak it up. There are a variety of retractable awnings to choose from, including lateral arm, ribbed, fold-up, drop arm, and roll-up structures. You can attach retractable awnings over windows, entrance ways, over your patio, and numerous other locations. 

Metal Canopies

Metal canopies are one of the most modern types of awnings. These structures can be customized by selecting different features that make up the awning. Hanger rod metal canopies are often used in commercial spaces for protection from the sun or inclement weather. Unsupported metal canopies are also often used at the entrances to commercial spaces. These awnings are highly customizable and provide architectural appeal to any building. 

Canopies and Pergolas

If you are looking for more options when creating shady spaces on your property, consider adding a pergola. A pergola is a standing structure with a flat top and a retractable canopy added to provide shade. Pergola canopies do not need to be attached to your existing structure but can stand alone on your property if you desire. This can be an excellent way to design a shady lounge area in a large backyard. 

If any of these types of awnings sound appealing to you, schedule a consultation with Carroll Architectural Shade to plan for your new awning this year. 


Through our combined locations in Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., Carroll Architectural Shade provides innovative craftsmanship, superb service, competitive pricing, and unfailing attention to detail for customers throughout Maryland and Virginia.

Our highly skilled craftsmen design and custom manufacture shade products in-house, including commercial awnings, residential awnings, retractable awnings, roll-up curtains, aluminum awnings, and flat metal canopies. Founded in 1958 by James Carroll Sr., and still family-owned by his sons today, Carroll Architectural Shade remains committed to delivering top-quality craftsmanship and service.

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