retractable pool awning

Awnings are a fine addition to any home or business.

Not only do they add visual appeal, but they provide protection from the sun and rain.

If you’re thinking of buying new awnings, or even if you’re just curious, we’ve compiled all the basics you should know.

Canvas Awnings vs Metal Awnings

Canvas and metal awnings tend to cost about the same, with canvas awnings varying more depending on the type of fabric you select. As far as metal awnings go, aluminum ones are your best bet. They’re more environmentally friendly and are usually cheaper. In general, you should expect to pay between $5 and $9 per square foot, whatever kind you choose.
drawing of an awning on a house
Both kinds of awnings are also similar in terms of durability. They can withstand the elements year after year, which is why we offer a 10-year warranty on our world-class fabric awnings. We even include a lifetime warranty for the frame and arms.

The main difference between metal and canvas awnings is the visual appeal. Most people agree that canvas awnings are the most aesthetically appealing kind of awning. Canvas awnings have fabrics in a variety of colors, patterns, and awning styles. This allows you to better match your awning to your office design or the color scheme of your home. Speaking of which…

Styles of Awnings

There are many designs, styles, fabrics, colors, features, and options available in awnings today. Your professional awning supplier can provide you ideas and budgets for the awning that fits your needs.


traditional awning
The traditional frame is comprised of a down-slanting front panel with or without two side panels or ends. It can be either fixed or retractable. What gives the traditional style such great appeal is that, as mentioned before, retractable frames are best for providing protection over large areas like porches, patios, and decks. Traditional frames are the only ones that grant shelter when necessary and allow sunlight when desired.

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dome awning
A dome-shaped awning is usually used for covering small entryways and windows. Its quarter-sphere shape provides better protection from the sun and rain from all angles. Similar to the dome-shaped frame is the elongated dome. This style works best for long windows or larger entryways.


concave awning
Convex and Concave awnings are similar to traditional ones except that they cannot be retractable. They have flat side panels but a curved front panel, either outwards or inwards. Both work best for small entryways and windows.


All awnings, whether fabric, metal, fixed or retractable, can add beauty and value to your home or business. As far as door awnings and small window awnings go, fixed awnings are ideal.

The most versatile type of awning, however, are retractable awnings by far. Because they can be extra wide, they can essentially create an extra room outdoors for entertainment. Retractable awnings make great porch awnings, deck awnings, and are just excellent awnings in general.
If you’re interested in getting your free quote for retractable awnings, contact Shading Texas today.