The benefits of installing an awning on your home are irrefutable. When properly installed, awnings can reduce cooling and heating costs, protect your wall against the effects of inclement weather, safeguard your patio set, and boost curb appeal. If you are in the market for an awning, you should know that sizing is one of the most important considerations.
Here is a brief guide to help you determine the appropriate awning size for your home.
Size has implications for the cost and type of awning you buy. Different styles of awnings are best suited for certain sizes and for different applications. For example, an entrance canopy may work best over a specific size range, while a concave awning may be suitable over an entirely different size range.
Where costs are concerned, many awning companies base their installation charges on the material, type, and per-square-foot measurement of the awning. The per-square-foot price of installing an awning will depend on factors such as the architectural framework of your home and the area you want to cover.
When sizing for an awning, measure the width of the area where you want to install the awning. This measurement should include any windows, doors, and external walls.
For contingency purpose, add at least 3 inches to each side of the area where the awning will be installed. You are better off having a wider awning than one that does not fully cover the entire width of the area. Also, for safety and accurate sizing, choose an area for the awning that has a stable and even surface.
Measure the width in a way that bypasses common outdoor objects such as light bulbs, drainage pipes, and chimneys. Including these into your measurements could result in inaccurate sizing.
Bear in mind that the actual width of the awning is the frame and not the width of the fabric, which is typically narrower than the frame itself.
The pitch is the slope of an awning. Measuring the pitch is especially important if you plan to install a retractable awning.
To measure the pitch, consider the height of the location where the awning will be installed. This measurement will affect the extent to which a retractable awning will slope when fully pulled outwards for maximum shade.
Your awning company can customize the awning pitch depending on how much you want the awning to slope when fully extended.
Many motorized, retractable awnings are equipped with a mechanism that allows you to adjust the pitch in response to the direction of the sun.
The slope is important for several reasons. A shallow slope provides greater shade, while a steeper slope prevents rainwater from pooling atop the awning. Further, the slope can affect the awning's ability to stand up to strong winds.
The third consideration when sizing for an awning is the projection. The projection is the distance the awning extends from the wall outwards.
When measuring the projection, stretch out the tape measure straight, and do not account for the slope. Ideally, the projection will be slightly shorter than the width to ensure stability and maximum horizontal coverage.
Correct sizing not only ensures that you get value for money; you will also be able to purchase an awning that provides adequate shade for your needs. A professional awning company can help you size your awning and even develop customized shading systems to meet your sizing requirements.
At American Awning Co Inc, we are committed to delivering exceptional customer service and quality awnings. Get in touch with us today to find out more about our shading solutions.