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5 Types of Awnings to Cover Your Deck This Year

Posted on Thursday, January 12th, 2023 at 10:01 am.
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There are many types of awnings to cover your deck, including canopies and umbrellas.

If you have a deck attached to your home, you know how comfortable and enjoyable this space can be. If you are considering which home improvements to plan for this year, we have a recommendation that will not only improve your enjoyment of your outdoor space but won’t break your budget. By installing new awnings designed by the professionals at Carroll Architectural Shade, you can create a more beautiful and appealing home deck. When you install awnings to cover your deck, you provide shade to your family and protect people and items from weather and wear. Fortunately, you can design many types of awnings to suit your personal preference and home design. Consider the benefits of the following five types of awnings. 

Retractable Awnings 

A retractable awning extends to cover your deck and can be closed when not in use. The appealing thing about retractable awnings is that when they are not in use, you can keep the awning out of the elements and help prolong its lifespan. Many homeowners also love that they are the ones who can decide when they want their awnings to be open or closed. 

Fixed Awnings

A fixed awning is mounted directly to the exterior wall of your home and hosts support poles to give durability and support to the extended side of the awning. Fixed awnings are always there to provide constant shelter over your deck. They cannot be closed, but their durable design often means these awnings can make a bold, stylish statement. 

Deck Canopy

A canopy is a portable awning with four legs and a canopy roof. Canopies can be a less expensive alternative to fixed or retractable awnings and provide homeowners with the flexibility of moving the canopy around rather than keeping it affixed to the side of the house. Canopies are excellent for covering seating or dining areas far from your deck’s exterior wall. This offers you more design versatility and allows you to provide shade to specific areas. 

Freestanding Awnings

Similar to a canopy, freestanding awnings are an excellent way to provide extra shelter in areas not immediately next to your house. A significant advantage of freestanding awnings is that they fold up or roll up to be removed and protected from the elements. 


Umbrellas are the most cost-effective option to cover your deck. Umbrellas also provide the most portability and flexibility, as you can move them around throughout your deck. They can cover lounge chairs, tables, play areas, and more. However, they provide the least amount of coverage and shelter compared to the other types of awnings on this list. 

The experienced and skilled design team at Carroll Architectural Shade can help you determine which types of awnings are best for your needs and which design will look beautiful when added to your home. 


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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