Lateral arm awnings
Lateral arm awnings are designed for temporary coverage of large spaces such as decks, patios or sidewalk table areas. They start at 8' wide and go up to 26' wide with a maximum 13' projection. The covers are an acrylic canvas such as Sunbrella (www.sunbrella.com ).
They are designed for primarily for sun shading and are susceptible to breakage if left out in heavy rains, winds or snows. They are controlled by either a hand crank or a motor and if the latter, can be protected from wind by a sensor that automatically retracts the awning.
The lateral arm awning which we sell is the Continental by Alpha and more information can be had at their website: www.alphaproductions.com
Drop arm awnings
Drop arm awning are used for versatile , retractable shading of windows, providing excellent sun protection without blocking airflow. Arms that hinge allow the awning cover to move from full retraction to almost complete coverage of the window. Control of these awnings is by hand crank or motor and the size range is from 3' width to 15' width. Please see The Cadette by Alpha Productions for more information.
Welded frame, staple-in awnings
With a staple-in awning the cover fabric is stretched tightly over a welded aluminum framework and stapled into place. These awnings are strongly built to resist wind shear and snow loads and the tightly stretched fabric it is not susceptible to being “worked” by the wind. Welded frame awnings are suitable for both commercial and residential applications and can be made in virtually any shape or size – including a flat shape for use over skylights.
Pipe frame awnings:
Pipe frame awnings consist of a frame of galvanized pipe and a sewn, pocketed cover of canvas that is usually configured in a standard 45 degree wedge shape with a valance that may or may not be scalloped. In general, pipe frame awnings project a traditional appearance – tailored and elegant.
Because of the pocketed design, the covers are not stretched on their frames, making these awnings less resistant to wind than welded frame awnings. They are therefore not recommended in excessively windy locations. Pipe frame awnings come in either a stationary or a pull-up design. The pull-up version is operated by a cord pull and cleat and simply folds up against the building when retracted.