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Everything to Consider Before Selecting Your Best Home Awnings

Posted on Thursday, December 29th, 2022 at 9:50 am.
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Design your best home awnings with Carroll Architectural Shade.

Selecting the best awnings for your home can be daunting, especially if you are adding awnings for the first time. However, awnings are an excellent investment that can be beautiful and practical. When you design original awnings with Carroll Architectural Shade, you can create awnings that suit your home design perfectly and provide the protection you desire. Before selecting your best home awnings with our design team, consider the following factors that will influence your awning design. 

Awning Material

Depending on the material, your awning’s overall appearance and maintenance requirements will differ. Most homeowners select some type of fabric awning, while metal or aluminum awnings are more popular with commercial property owners. However, an aluminum awning can often be an excellent choice to cover your driveway. Your awning designer can provide you with the best versatile, long-lasting fabric selection. 

Operating Modes

There are three main choices for the way your best home awnings will work. 

  • A stationary awning is often used to cover windows or entryways. Placing stationary awnings over windows helps you enjoy the most heat reduction and energy savings. 
  • Retractable awnings allow you to open or close your awnings depending on the weather or your comfort needs. 
  • Freestanding awnings are popular for decks, patios, and poolside areas. They can help you distribute comfortable spaces around your yard without requiring a wall for installation. 


Where can your home benefit from an awning installation? For example, placing awnings over your patio or deck can provide you with comfortable shade while protecting your outdoor furniture from weather and fading. Installing awnings above windows will also reduce the direct sunlight entering your home, which may fade indoor furniture and rugs and increase your home’s temperature. Awnings will limit access to harmful UV rays and reduce the heat gain inside your home for increased comfort. 


The placement of your awning will help determine its size. For instance, you will want to install a large awning over your patio to provide shade for the entire area. If you want a decorative entryway awning, that awning may be a bit smaller just to cover the area directly in front of the front door. 

Awning Style

There are numerous awning styles to consider. Your Carroll Architectural Shade designers will help you create the best home awnings that suit your existing home. You may consider awnings with closed or open sides, a dome style, a double bar standard, a gable walkway, or a semi-circular entrance. There are countless options, and our experienced design team can help you find what works best for your needs.

Awning Colors

The color of your new home awnings should match the overall design of your home rather than shout for attention. Find colors that complement your existing home colors so the awnings look like they were always part of the design. Selecting lighter colors is also ideal for blocking and reflecting the sunlight. 

When you work with the experienced team of Carroll Architectural Shade, you can create the best home awnings by considering these factors.


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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