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Custom Awning - Shadow That Became A Style Statement

Aug 17, 2007
The cute awnings that are a rage nowadays have a history. Let us survey the present and then we will flash back to the past.

Hotels and restaurants going for the retro look put custom awning over their restaurants; houses have realized long before that custom awnings are a lot more than outdoor, home decor. Many enterprising innovators have used the custom awning on commercial buildings like eateries and those before fun-parks as colorful advertisements. This piece of canvas or acrylic that stretches taut on steel, iron, aluminum or wooden structure and is found above a door or a window or along a sidewalk - this piece of shadow that has become a roaring lifestyle statement began early.

Awnings were found in the first half of the nineteenth century. Timber or cast-iron posts, angled rafters, front cross-bars, hooks and grommets - the awnings of those days were exercises of elaborate complexity like other contemporary designs. Lavish examples went so far as comprising metal posts, richly embellished with filigree work. The tops were spear and ball shaped or something extravagantly fanciful. However, awnings became really popular after the Civil wars and the credit goes largely to industrialization and its cascading effects.

The custom awning that we see today made its presence felt in the second-half of the nineteenth century. The primary difference that these custom awning bought were hinged, extension arms. This made it possible for the evolved avatar to be manipulated at will unlike its fixed-frame avatar. A simple rope and pulley arrangement pulled up or drew in the awning as required. But, it would be wrong to project that the system was faultless. It was not.

The early custom awnings had a quirky folding action which caused difficulty or minor hitches while being pulled down in a hurry.

However, the present day custom awnings sport no such blemishes and as a result they are a huge hit with the property owners. The increasing popularity have naturally diversified the style of this shadow producer and the three most common types of custom awnings are called Lateral Arm type, Side arm type and the Tension shade.

The lateral arm types of custom awnings are generally used to shade the patio. They can be retracted with the help of motors or manually. The outdoor location and vast, open spaces perhaps have inspired the emergence of screens that keep away the bugs as accessories with these types.

The side arm types of custom awnings are used to shade windows while the tension shades are meant for sunrooms.

Nowadays, custom awnings also come in aluminum and other materials other than fabric. These ones have a more decent chance of surviving snowstorms or torrential downpours.
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