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Retractable Vs Stationary Awning

Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at 10:39 am.
Choosing Between A Retractable Or Stationary Awning

Let’s take a look at the differences between a retractable versus a stationary awning.

When it comes to awnings, the number of choices you have is wide and vast. All sorts of workers, from architects to building owners to business tenants, love being able to create awnings that are unique for their situations. One of the first choices you’ll need to make is if you’ll get a retractable or stationary awning. Both have their perks as well as their downsides. Let’s take a look at the differences between a retractable versus a stationary awning.

Stationary Awnings

A great benefit of having an awning is the ability to promote a business by displaying your name and getting it noticed by a ton of people every day. A stationary awning can help a business get noticed all day long while retractable awnings can only promote your business when they’re being used.

It’s also a one-and-done installation that should last you many years. You also have more options for what materials to use. A stationary awning can be made entirely out of aluminum. It could have a fabric-covered frame. It could even have specialty panels with thermoplastic materials. Retractable awnings are dependent on fabric because they need to roll up.

You can even build a stationary awning in any shape you want since it won’t move. They can be much bigger than retractable awnings because you’re able to put support posts underneath or along the outside edges if you need them.

Retractable Awnings

Retractable awnings, because they have moving parts, are often more expensive than a stationary awning.

You have the option of using a hand crank or remote control to retract your awning. There are even options with sensors that open the awning when the sun gets warm enough and retract them when the wind is too stiff to be safe to have the awning out.

With a retractable awning, you can get a more historic aesthetic. It’s also possible that if you live in a historic district, a retractable awning could be your only option.

While a stationary awning is always out, a retractable awning can be closed to allow the most natural light into your business as possible.

How To Choose

Your awning choice could depend on the environment. If your environment has harsh weather, retractable awnings could be better. If weather is always tame, perhaps use a stationary awning, though stationary awnings can be built to take on the elements if necessary.

But the best way to figure out which is best is to seek professional input. Pros have the knowledge and experience to determine which awning is best suited for you and your location.

Contact Carroll Architectural Shade Today

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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