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Price Guide to Metal Awnings

Awnings are a popular choice for homeowners who want to make an outdoor space more hospitable and welcoming. Designed to provide shade as well as protection from rain, awnings can be an attractive addition to a yard or patio. Because awnings are available in a number of materials, styles and colors, choosing a single option can feel overwhelming. Metal awnings are one of the most common types on the market, and this guide delves deeper into their associated costs, their pros and cons, the various styles of metal awnings available and what every homeowner should know before purchase and installation.

The Costs

  • Average minimum cost of metal awnings: $5 per square foot

  • Average maximum cost of metal awnings: $11 per square foot

Advantages of Metal Awnings

Metal awnings are so popular for many reasons, but a few of the major advantages that they offer include their durability and lifespan, their ability to withstand strong winds, their minimal maintenance and their versatility.

  • There is no question that most people choose metal awnings simply because they will last for decades.
  • When properly cared for, metal awnings can withstand all kinds of temperatures and weather conditions, and they won't fall down or cause damage to the home over time.
  • Metal awnings are stronger than many alternatives, and they are also incredibly versatile.
  • Buyers can find metal awnings in multiple shapes and styles, and the color of the awning can be chosen according to personal taste or even the decor found in the outdoor area.
  • Finally, metal awnings are designed not to rust even in wet or humid conditions, and in terms of cleaning, they require little more than a quick hose with water or perhaps a simple wipe with a wet sponge.

Disadvantages of Metal Awnings

Before getting too excited about the many advantages of metal awnings, prospective buyers should also pay close attention to the drawbacks. Major disadvantages of metal awnings include the price, the industrial look and the hassle of removal or retraction.

  • Price is definitely the biggest drawback to metal awnings. This type of awning can easily cost twice as much as the more common fabric awning.
  • However, it is important to think about the lifespan of the products as well as the price. While metal awnings may cost more, they can last for up to 30 years without replacement, which may end up saving buyers money in the long run.
  • Metal awnings come in several colors, but there simply isn't the same variety that fabric can provide, and there is no suitable way to change the color after construction.
  • In addition, retractable metal awnings are harder to use than their lightweight fabric counterparts, which can be a hassle for some homeowners.
  • During the winter when sunlight is desirable, removing a metal awning might be too difficult to attempt without professional assistance.

Stationary vs. Retractable Metal Awnings

There are two major metal awning styles to choose from: stationary and retractable. As the name suggests, a stationary awning is installed in a single position and can't be moved from that spot. The overhead portion of a stationary metal awning cannot be adjusted in any way, and it has to be removed completely if direct sunlight is desired.

By contrast, a retractable metal awning has a mechanism whereby the overhead portion can be pulled back or rolled out depending on the weather and the desire to enjoy direct sunlight. Retractable metal awnings are more expensive than their stationary counterparts, but they are also more convenient. If homeowners want to purchase an electronic retractable metal awning rather than a manual one, the price will increase further.

Best Places to Install Metal Awnings

One of the things that contributes to the appeal of a metal awning is its versatility. While used exclusively outside of the home, it can be located in a number of different places. Essentially, anywhere that could benefit from overhead shade, greater climate control or protection from the elements could be improved with a metal awning of some kind. Some of the most popular places to install metal awnings include:

  • Over large windows to block sunlight from entering the home

  • Over patios for a welcoming sitting or dining space

  • Over backyards that are underutilized to create a more comfortable area

  • Over street-facing windows for privacy and curb appeal

  • Over carports to protect vehicles, motorcycles or boats

Factors That Influence the Cost of Metal Awnings

When pricing metal awnings, there are a number of different factors that can influence the total price of the project. The type of metal used, for example, can increase or decrease the price, and the quality of the installation will also play a factor. In addition to these bigger elements, here are some of the most common considerations that may affect the cost of a metal awning:

  • Total size: Larger metal awnings will typically cost more than small ones to install and maintain.

  • Customization: Metal awnings crafted for specific measurements cost more than ready-made versions.

  • Shape: Metal awnings with multiple corners or unusual shapes will be more expensive.

  • Geographic location: Installation in urban areas tends to increase the total cost.

  • Time of year: Spring and summer installation is more expensive than in fall or winter when professionals are less busy.

  • Quality of material: Price differences exist in terms of metal quality and the warranty available.

  • Awning load: Reinforcements to hold extra snow in some climates can cost more.

What to Know Before Installation

Installing a metal awning can be a big job, and there is the risk of damaging the house or surrounding windows when dealing with heavy, bulky metal materials throughout. For these reasons, most homeowners leave installation to professionals. Homeowners can expect installation of metal awnings to take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour per 25 square feet of awning size. To speed up installation and ensure a quicker project completion, homeowners can clear the entire area of debris and clutter so that professional installation teams have a safe place to work, and residents should be sure to offer interior access to the home should that be necessary for electrical retracting awning installation.

Last updated on Apr 1, 2015

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