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Question DetailsAsked on 8/16/2013

What should I look for when shopping for an awning?

Metal awning for the front of my house( porch)

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1) Desired permanence (steel will last longer than aluminum, especially in oscillatory winds, which tend to crack aluminum)

2) design wind loading (especially if in thunderstorm or hurricane country ?)

3) hail resistance if you live in hail country

4) whether you want factory painted or not

5) warranty

6) whether you anticipate ever having to walk on it

7) whether you can accept ridged or "corrugated" look, which is generally less susceptible to damage, or want flat surface (which is much more eusceptibel to wrinkling and creasing)

8) required support - some require much heavier frame and posts than others

9) water resistance - some (flat ones) have fasteners in the runoff flow area, whereas others (raised seam or ridged) sometimes have no fastners in flow area, so less leak potential

10) underside supports or grid - can attract insect nests, nesting or roosting birds or bats in some areas

11) capacity to handle design snow load, and icing issues, and whether it is OK for it to shed snow straight off the end of the awning or if that is on walking areas

12) whether you need a gutter on runoff end or if water can just run straight off the awning onto the ground

13) corrosion resistance and cleaning ease from tree debris and salt air exposure, if applicable

14) fire rating if in brush / forest fire rated area

15) resistance to denting if you have kids / grandkids who might throw balls up there

16) cost

17) whether fixed, or collapsable (for stormy conditions)

That should do for a start - I am sure I missed a few, if you think on it

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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