Window and Door Awnings

Window and Door Awnings add beauty, save money and protect your furnishings.

You can enhance the look of your home or business, as well as provide protection from direct sunlight and decrease your air conditioning bills, with window awnings from A. Hoffman Awning. We have a variety to choose from, with every style, color, and fabric imaginable. Awnings are all that we do and we want to help you make a choice that you will be happy with for years to come. Give us a call or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment. We’ll bring our showroom to your house or place of business, to help you pick the awning perfect for you.

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This beautiful striped Sunbrella awning we manufactured really adds a visual boost to this lower floor window

So, what are the benefits of a window awning to you, the customer? High Temperatures, Rising Energy Costs & Tight Budgets Shine a Light on Awning Benefits:

  • Reduce glare
  • Reduce UV damage to home interiors
  • Enhance building’s appearance
  • Direct rain away from the window
  • Reduce winter nighttime condensation
  • Block solar heat gain while maintaining view
  • Lower your monthly cooling costs

A video animation created by The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA) detailing the advantages that window awning customers receive.

Everyone knows that awnings provide shade for homes. But record hot temperatures this past summer, rising energy costs and tighter household budgets are bringing to light the tangible role awnings and solar shades can play in efforts to reduce energy expenses.

So what are your options?

We know that our customers are picky! We are too! That’s why all of our products can be customized with hundreds of fabric options, valance styles and frame colors. This means you can really find a unique style and color that fits your home or business.

Below we walk you through the myriad of options so you can be better informed on your decision:

1. Fabric Awning with Steel Frame

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Window awnings reduce the amount of sun entering your home, thus reducing the temperature of the interior, which in turn means you use less AC.

These are our most popular window shades. Typically made from a galvanized steel frame which we weld in our facility at Belair Rd in Baltimore.
awning lacing The awning cover is connected to the frame via a sturdy lacing rope as seen here. The benefit to this type of awning is that you can hire us (or if you’re confident enough, you can do it yourself) to come out during the winter months and take down you awning covers. This will prolong the life of the cover even more. Then, when Spring is around the corner, we can come back out and re-lace your awning cover back on their frames. This take-down & re-hang service is something we offer to all of our customers. Ask our sales staff about a possible discount if you buy our fabric window shades and subscribe to our take-down or re-hang service.

You can have this type of awning with or without a hanging valance. If you do want a valance (or scallop as it’s sometimes called) then you get to choose the shape of your valance, as well as the color of the protective binding that we sew around the edges. Want a black and white striped awning with pink binding? No Problem!

2. Stapled Fabric Awning with Aluminum Frame

While typically used in a more commercial environment, we think these window shades are terrific looking if you’re after a more modern feel.

Stapled Awning
Here’s how we attach the material. We’ve left a section unfinished on the photo above so you see how your awning is constructed.

These awnings don’t have the soft traditional free-flowing fabric style. Instead the material is stapled onto grooves in the aluminum frame. This gives you a super tight fabric and crisp edges for a stylish, contemporary look.

Aluminum Tubing
Our 1″ x 1″ Square Aluminum. The channel you see on the top is where we staple the fabric to the aluminum. We use thicker aluminum than the competition for sturdier frames with less need for additional and unnecessary framework.
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An example of a stapled aluminum awning. While this image shows a commercial application (Carrabas Restaurant) these types of awnings look great on a modern home.

3. Aluminum Window Awnings

Our aluminum awnings are professionally installed on your windows and doors, shielding your windows from the direct rays of the sun, keeping your home cooler in summer and protecting it from rain, snow and adding extra life to your window frames.

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Aluminum Awnings

All of A Hoffman’s metal awnings are precision-fabricated with low-maintenance materials. They are a solid investment you will appreciate for many years and they come in a variety of colors and dimensions.

    • Awnings on your windows keep your home cooler
    • Awnings over your doors protect you and your visitors from the elements and keep your entryway dry
    • Aluminum awnings are extremely durable. No need to take down in the winter.
    • A properly sized awning can control the heat of the summer sun, yet let warm rays stream in during winter when the sun is positioned lower in the sky!

4. Retractable Window Awnings

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For those of us who like things a bit more hi-tech, why not have a retractable window awning! These awnings are either manually operated with an easy to use crank, or MOTORIZED
somfy motors Our Retractable Window Awnings are powered by Somfy Motors, the world’s leading manufacturer of specialized motors and control systems for retractable awnings and shade products.
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  • Drop arm retractable awning
  • Optional protective cassette housing
  • Drop shade lengths cut to measure and available with solid acrylic or see-through PVC polyester mesh
  • Widths from 3ft to 16ft (cassette) and 3ft to 32ft (non cassette)
  • Maximum projection 5′ 3″ (or 3′ 11″ for cassette model with motor)
  • Manual or Motorized

5. Solar Shades

A new Generation of SHADE

The most efficient way to block the heat of the sun is from the outside – BEFORE it has a chance to heat the window glass. Our exterior solar shades clock the sun’s heat and add privacy when you want it, while still providing visibility to the outside.

Solar Shades
Offering privacy and sun control from the outside – without blocking the view from the inside.


Exterior Solar Shades pay for themselves year after year in comfort and reduced energy costs while protecting furnishings from harmful UV rays that cause fading. They are also a great way to block heat and light from home theaters, covered patios, porches and sunrooms.

Solar Shades
A look from the inside. Our shades block the sun – but NOT THE VIEW
Solar Series I Model

Our Solar Series I model is custom manufactured to cover your windows or doors and offer a variety of guide options, sizes, colors and fabrics to control the sun, add comfort and protect your home.

Solar Series options

Solar Series Colors
5 frame colors to choose from, and hundreds of fabric options
Solar Shade Remote
Our shades can be manual, or motorized. The motorized shades come with an easy to use remote control.


Window Awning Gallery

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An in-depth look at how Window Awnings can save you money

WindowResDomeA new energy study funded by The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), shows that fabric awnings or exterior shades can save homeowners as much as $200 annually by reducing the load on air conditioners (depending on where a home is located). The study, released this week, calculates the impact of awnings in 50 cities across the United States.

“The significance of this type of energy savings extends beyond reduced home expenses,” said Joe Huang, president of White Box Technology, who conducted the study. “When numerous homeowners in a community reduce their energy use, there is less demand for energy during peak usage, resulting in overall savings to utility companies and the public.”

The study focused on older homes that are typically smaller and less insulated than newer construction. Resulting data supports awnings and solar shades as “smart” retrofits to help make older homes more energy efficient.

window treatmentsFor example, the study showed that awnings on a home with single or double glazed windows in Pittsburgh, PA can reduce cooling energy 46-50% in a hot year compared to the same house without awnings. Correlating cost savings can range from $81 to $102. In a hot city like Phoenix, AZ the net savings was $193 in a typical year.

“The sun’s rays through glass are responsible for almost 20% of the load on your air conditioner,” says Michelle Sahlin, Managing Director of PAMA. “Awnings reduce direct solar gain through windows.”

The study incorporated information about weather and energy costs, and included a number of variations (cities, shade designs and fabrics). The amount of cooling energy saved varies depending on the number of windows, type of glass in the windows, window orientation and regional climate.

“Homeowners often ask how well awnings and roller screens will help to cool their home and make them more comfortable. So PAMA initiated this study to develop credible information about the performance of window shading, as we work to educate home owners and the industry,” says John Gant, PAMA’ s Energy Committee Chairman. “This research uses complex computer simulations for a wide range of variables to generate predictions of the energy conservation.”

Read the whole study – which focuses on the Maryland-DC area here

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