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Frequently Asked Questions

Because most retractable awnings are customized for each residence or business, prices cannot be given without verified measurements and on-site inspection. We typically meet with you for a free, in-home, or on-site consultation to design an awning that is right for you. A small retractable awning can cost as little as $1500.00, but the average unit cost is $3500.00.

Awnings can be made to almost any size or shape. With modern metal fabrication equipment and techniques coupled with many new fabric seaming and attachment methods, design options are limitless.

Yes, different fibers, weaves, and coatings have very specific advantages. Acrylic fabrics have a rich cloth appearance and are much more colorfast and fade-resistant. Vinyl-coated fabrics are the most water-repellent. Mesh fabrics allow better ventilation and outward visibility. Your awning professional will help you make the best selection.

Today's fabrics come in more than 500 solid and striped colors! Remember, too, that most of the time you are enjoying your awning, you are relaxing underneath it (not outside looking at it), so the underside color is probably the one you will see more often. Typically, our fabrics are the same color and design on both sides.

Because most awnings are customized for each residence or business, prices cannot be determined without verified measurements and on-site inspection. We typically meet with you for a free, on-site, or in-home consultation to design an awning product that is right for you.

Yes, the type of graphics and method of application would depend on the fabric selection, as various fabrics accept different graphics. Applying graphics directly to awning fabrics provides identification and/or advertisement without the need for "add-on" sign structures.

Outdoor canopies serve as versatile shelters, providing shade and protection from the elements during various outdoor activities such as events, parties, camping, and picnics.

Clean your canopy regularly with a mild soap and water solution. Allow it to air dry completely before storing. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals, as they may damage the fabric.

Most outdoor canopies are designed to withstand moderate wind conditions. However, it's advisable to take down or secure the canopy in severe or gusty winds to prevent damage.

Yes, outdoor canopies come in various sizes to accommodate different needs. Common sizes range from small, portable canopies for personal use to larger ones suitable for events and gatherings.

Outdoor canopies typically feature frames made of aluminum, steel, or lightweight materials like fiberglass. The canopy fabric is commonly polyester, polyethylene, or a similar durable material.

Yes, many manufacturers offer customizable options for outdoor canopies, including color choices, branding, and additional features.

Outdoor canopies are generally suitable for spring, summer, and fall. Some models come with additional features like sidewalls and weatherproofing, making them usable in milder winter conditions.

Yes, many outdoor canopies offer UV protection, blocking a significant percentage of harmful UV rays. Check the product specifications for the UV protection rating.

Absolutely. Many businesses use outdoor canopies for events, promotions, and outdoor displays. Commercial-grade canopies are available for frequent use and branding opportunities.

Yes, many manufacturers offer replacement parts for outdoor canopies, including frames, canopy tops, and accessories.

Clean and completely dry the canopy before storing it in a cool, dry place. Use the provided storage bag or a container to protect it from dust and damage.

Yes, most outdoor canopies are designed for easy setup, often featuring a pop-up or accordion-style frame for quick assembly. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the best results.

Generally speaking, awning fabrics are water-repellent, not waterproof. There are exceptions, though, which may be practical in certain environments. The fabrics' water-repellent characteristics allow you to fully enjoy the space shaded by the awning during any weather conditions that are not severe. In other words, if the weather is nice enough for you to be outside, then it is good enough for you to be out underneath your awning.

Protective hoods, available at an additional cost, have been designed to provide adequate unit protection when structural protection is not available. Hoods often are purchased when the retractable awning is being roof or fascia-mounted and when not located directly under a soffit or overhang.

Retractable awnings are primarily designed to provide protection from the sun's rays and not from rain. However, it can be used in drizzle or misting rains with proper unit pitch. In heavy or driving rains, the unit must be retracted to keep water from "pooling" on the fabric, causing damage or irreversible fabric stretching.

Yes, it can. However, it is important that you inform us of this requirement so that the awning is designed for this purpose and the proper slip fittings are used.

Nothing could be more convenient than simply pushing a button on a remote and watching your awning roll out on its own. Once fully extended or retracted, the unit will stop automatically. You may also stop the retractable in any position. The same can be accomplished with an optional wall-mounted switch. Research has shown that motorized awnings are used four times as much as manual units and are less prone to damage.

As with any custom-manufactured product, there is a short lead time for quality work to be accomplished. This can mean as little as four (4) to six (6) weeks for canvas awnings. Of course, this varies depending on the time of the year (summer typically is the busiest part of the year), and it is not unusual for this lead time to run longer, especially in seasonal climates.

Installers locate the structural framework and pre-drill the mounting bracket holes through any siding to tie in directly to either the wall studs or headers. On roof-mount applications, the installers tie into the rafters, pre-drilling to avoid cracking, and silicone caulking the hardware and brackets to prevent leaks.

Typically, it is not required for most residential awnings. However, most commercial applications, especially in major metropolitan areas, do require a permit. A permit may be required in some areas, such as one for graphics or installation in a historic district.

The combination of the product being a custom-produced item along with materials, craftsmanship, labor, and quality requirements seems to make the awning expensive. In fact, if you calculate the cost over the life of a quality customized awning and factor in the possible energy savings, it is quite reasonable based on the typical average life of eight (8) years.

If the awning will be installed at a commercial site, the city Code Department can advise you on the local "code" requirements. Localities vary, but many require flame-retardant fabric in locations of public gatherings. The use of a flame-retardant fabric will usually increase the cost of your awning. In residential applications not governed by local codes, the requirement to use a flame retardant fabric becomes a personal preference.

Throughout our almost eighty (80) years in the custom awning business, we have held to the belief that there is no substitute for a quality product. We pride ourselves in the craftsmanship and attention to detail when manufacturing your awning. Many companies seem to have found ways to reduce the manufacturing cost of an awning. Unfortunately, those reductions usually severely influence the quality of the awning. The result is, more often than not, you get exactly what you pay for in the end.

While color choice has some slight impact, the type of fabric chosen and the overall ventilation of the installation will have a greater effect. The darker the color chosen, the darker the shade effect underneath will be. There are exceptions, however. Certain fabrics have a lighter-colored underneath side than the topside color, which gives a more pleasing shading effect. Again, your awning professional is well-qualified to assist you in this aspect of the awning design.

Awnings, just like other interior window products, protect furniture, floors, and carpets from fading caused by harsh sun rays. However, unlike interior products, awnings give the added benefit of energy savings by reducing solar radiation through glass windows and doors.

Clanton's metal support frames are made from galvanized steel and should last a lifetime! Regular maintenance on a frame requires annual inspections of fasteners, connections, and metal conditions. Frames are also available with a painted finish for additional protection and attractiveness.

Window awnings serve as external coverings for windows, providing shade and protection against the sun, rain, and other elements while enhancing energy efficiency.

Yes, window awnings effectively reduce inside temperatures by blocking sunlight and preventing heat from entering the building, leading to lower cooling costs.

Absolutely. By reducing the amount of sunlight that enters your home, window awnings contribute to energy savings by lessening the need for air conditioning.

Yes, window awnings come in various sizes and designs to accommodate different window dimensions and complement the architectural style of your home or business.

Yes, window awnings add a decorative element to a building, improving its curb appeal and overall aesthetic.

Absolutely. Window awnings are versatile and suitable for both residential homes and commercial buildings, offering aesthetic and functional benefits.

Window awnings are often made from durable materials such as aluminum, canvas, or Sunbrella fabric, providing both strength and weather resistance.

Regularly clean window awnings with mild soap and water to remove dirt and debris. Ensure they are thoroughly dry before retracting or storing.

Yes, many window awnings come with motorized options, allowing for easy extension and retraction with the push of a button.

Yes, quality window awnings, especially those using Sunbrella fabric, provide effective protection against harmful UV rays.

While window awnings are generally sturdy, it's advisable to retract them in severe wind conditions to prevent damage.

Yes, reputable window awning manufacturers often provide warranties, ensuring the quality and durability of their products.

Yes, window awnings can contribute to privacy by limiting the view from outside while still allowing natural light to filter through.

If you plan to use window awnings in winter, remove snow promptly to prevent excess weight, and ensure they are adequately secured in windy conditions.

Absolutely. Window awnings offer an excellent opportunity for business branding, as logos and signage can be added to enhance visibility and promotion.

A retractable awning is a versatile shading system that can be extended to provide outdoor shade and retracted when not in use, offering flexibility and convenience.

Retractable awnings typically feature a folding arm mechanism that allows them to extend and retract. They can be operated manually with a crank or motorized for ease of use.

Yes, retractable awnings are popular for residential applications, providing shade for decks, patios, windows, and other outdoor spaces.

While some homeowners may choose to install retractable awnings themselves, professional installation is recommended to ensure proper setup and functionality.

Retractable awnings are designed for fair weather conditions. They provide shade on sunny days but should be retracted during heavy rain, strong winds, or snow to prevent damage.

Yes, motorized retractable awnings are user-friendly. They can be operated with a remote control or wall switch, allowing for easy extension and retraction.

Yes, retractable awnings can be installed on walls, roofs, or overhangs, offering flexibility in placement to suit different architectural structures.

Many reputable manufacturers provide warranties for retractable awnings, covering components such as the frame, fabric, and motorized parts.

It's generally recommended to retract the awning overnight to protect it from unexpected weather conditions and to prolong its lifespan.

Yes, retractable awnings, especially those with UV-resistant fabrics like Sunbrella, offer effective protection against harmful UV rays.

Absolutely. Retractable awnings come in various sizes and designs, and some manufacturers offer customization options to meet specific preferences.

Clean the fabric with a mild soap and water solution, and ensure it's completely dry before retracting. Regular maintenance includes lubricating moving parts and checking for any signs of wear.

Yes, retractable awnings can enhance the appeal of outdoor spaces, potentially increasing the resale value of a home by creating comfortable and stylish outdoor living areas.

While retractable awnings may have a higher initial cost, they can be cost-effective in the long run due to their versatility and the ability to retract, preventing wear and tear.

Yes, retractable awnings are commonly used for commercial applications, providing outdoor shade for restaurants, cafes, storefronts, and other businesses, enhancing customer comfort and curb appeal.

Motorized solar shades are window treatments equipped with an electric motor for convenient remote or automated control. They are designed to block sunlight, reduce glare, and enhance energy efficiency.

Motorized solar shades use an electric motor to raise or lower the shades. This can be controlled through a remote, wall switch, or integrated into a home automation system for scheduled adjustments.

Yes, motorized solar shades are customizable to fit various window sizes, ensuring a tailored fit for different spaces in your home or office.

Yes, motorized solar shades are designed to block harmful UV rays, protecting your furniture, flooring, and other valuables from sun damage.

Absolutely. By blocking sunlight and reducing heat gain, motorized solar shades contribute to energy efficiency, helping to regulate indoor temperatures and reduce cooling costs.

Yes, motorized solar shades are versatile and can be used in both residential homes and commercial spaces, providing sun control and privacy.

Yes, motorized solar shades offer privacy by blocking the view from the outside while maintaining the ability to see out from the inside.

Yes, motorized solar shades can be operated remotely using a handheld remote control or through a smartphone app, providing convenient control from anywhere in the room.

Motorized solar shades are available in various materials, including screen fabrics, blackout fabrics, and sheer fabrics, allowing you to choose the level of privacy and light control.

While it's recommended to have motorized solar shades professionally installed, they are generally straightforward to install and can be integrated into existing window treatments.

Yes, reputable manufacturers typically offer warranties for motorized solar shades, covering defects in materials and workmanship.

Yes, motorized solar shades can be customized for larger windows and patio doors, providing a sleek and convenient solution for light and privacy control.

Motorized solar shades are generally low-maintenance. Periodic cleaning of the shades and checking the motorized mechanism for any issues is recommended to ensure optimal performance.

The cost of metal awnings can vary based on size, design complexity, and customization. On average, you can expect to spend between $500 to $2,500 for a standard-sized metal awning. However, the larger or more intricately designed you go, the higher the cost. At Clanton's Quality Awning Co., we understand the importance of providing tailored solutions. To get an accurate estimate for your specific needs, we recommend reaching out to our team. We offer personalized quotes, ensuring that you receive the perfect metal awning, metal walkway, or carport cover that fits both your budget and needs.

Metal awnings offer a range of benefits, making them an excellent choice for various applications. Here's why metal awnings are a good investment:

  1. Durability:

    • Metal awnings, whether made of aluminum, steel, or other alloys, are known for their durability.
    • They can withstand diverse weather conditions, including rain, snow, and intense sunlight.
  2. Longevity:

    • Metal awnings have a longer lifespan compared to some other materials, contributing to their cost-effectiveness over time.
    • They require minimal maintenance to stay in optimal condition.
  3. Versatility:

    • Available in various styles, designs, and colors, metal awnings can complement any architectural aesthetic.
    • They can be customized to suit both residential and commercial spaces.
  4. Energy Efficiency:

    • Metal awnings can contribute to energy efficiency by providing shade and reducing the heat absorbed by the building.
    • This, in turn, can lead to lower energy costs for cooling.
  5. Low Maintenance:

    • Metal awnings are relatively low-maintenance, requiring occasional cleaning to keep them looking their best.
    • They are resistant to issues like rotting or insect damage.
  6. Customization:

    • Metal awnings can be tailored to specific dimensions and designs, offering a high level of customization to meet individual preferences.
  7. Enhanced Curb Appeal:

    • The sleek and modern appearance of metal awnings can enhance the overall curb appeal of your home or business.

At Clanton's Quality Awning Co., we take pride in offering top-notch metal awnings that not only provide practical benefits but also elevate the aesthetic appeal of your outdoor space. If you're considering metal awnings, you're making a choice that combines style, functionality, and durability.

Metal awnings are renowned for their longevity and durability, and their lifespan can vary based on factors such as the material used, maintenance, and environmental conditions. On average, you can expect metal awnings to last anywhere from 20 to 50 years.

Here are some factors that can influence the lifespan of metal awnings:

  • Material: Different metals have varying levels of durability. Aluminum, for example, is resistant to rust and corrosion, making it a popular choice for long-lasting awnings.

  • Coatings: Protective coatings, such as paint or powder coating, can enhance the longevity of metal awnings by providing an additional layer of defense against the elements.

  • Maintenance: Regular cleaning and maintenance play a crucial role in extending the lifespan of metal awnings. Removing debris and preventing the accumulation of dirt can prevent deterioration.

  • Environmental Conditions: The climate in your area can impact the lifespan of metal awnings. Awnings in coastal areas may be more exposed to salt air, while those in areas with extreme weather conditions may experience wear more quickly.

  • Installation Quality: Proper installation by experienced professionals ensures that the awnings are securely attached and can withstand external forces.

At Clanton's Quality Awning Co., we prioritize quality craftsmanship and use materials that are selected for their durability. Our metal awnings are designed to stand the test of time, providing you with long-lasting protection and style for your outdoor spaces. For personalized advice on maximizing the lifespan of your metal awnings, feel free to reach out to our expert team.

Yes, installing metal awnings can potentially increase the value of your home or business. Here are several ways in which metal awnings contribute to enhancing the overall value of a property:

  1. Curb Appeal:

    • Metal awnings add a touch of sophistication and style to the exterior of your business or home, boosting its curb appeal. This can create a positive first impression for potential buyers.
  2. Architectural Enhancement:

    • Well-designed metal awnings can complement the architectural features of your property, enhancing its overall aesthetics. This architectural cohesion can be attractive to prospective buyers.
  3. Energy Efficiency:

    • Metal awnings provide shade and reduce the amount of direct sunlight entering your home or business. This can contribute to improved energy efficiency by lowering cooling costs during hot seasons, which is a desirable feature for buyers.
  4. Outdoor Living Space:

    • Metal awnings create additional outdoor living spaces, such as covered patios or decks. This extension of usable space can be appealing to buyers who appreciate outdoor amenities.
  5. Protection of Windows and Doors:

    • Metal awnings shield windows and doors from the elements, reducing wear and tear. This protection can be viewed as a valuable investment by potential buyers.
  6. Low Maintenance:

    • Metal awnings generally require minimal maintenance, which can be attractive to buyers looking for durable and hassle-free exterior features.
  7. Longevity:

    • The durability of metal awnings means that they are a long-lasting addition to a home. Buyers often appreciate features that don't require immediate replacements or extensive upkeep.

When considering metal awnings as an investment, it's essential to choose high-quality materials and professional installation. At Clanton's, we prioritize craftsmanship and design to ensure that our metal awnings not only meet functional needs but also add value to your home or business.

You definitely can! Painting a metal awning is a great way to refresh it's appearance or coordinate it with your home or business's style. Here's a quick guide on painting metal awnings:

  1. Surface Preparation:

    • Clean the awning thoroughly to remove any dirt, dust, or grime.
    • Sand the surface lightly to create a suitable texture for the paint to adhere to.
  2. Priming:

    • Apply a metal primer to ensure proper adhesion of the paint and prevent rusting.
    • Allow the primer to dry completely according to the product instructions.
  3. Choosing the Right Paint:

    • Select a high-quality metal-friendly paint suitable for outdoor use.
    • Opt for a paint color that complements your home's exterior.
  4. Paint Application:

    • Use a high-quality brush, roller, or spray paint for an even application.
    • Apply the paint in thin, even coats, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next.
    • Ensure complete coverage for a professional finish.
  5. Drying Time:

    • Allow the final coat to dry thoroughly as per the paint manufacturer's instructions.
    • Be patient during the drying process to prevent smudges or imperfections.
  6. Sealing (Optional):

    • Consider applying a clear sealant to protect the paint and enhance its longevity.

Always follow the specific instructions provided by the paint and primer manufacturers for the best results.