Window Awnings – A Buyer’s Guide

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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.


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 night-time condensation
  • Block solar heat gain while maintaining view
  • Lower your monthly cooling costs
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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.

One way of reducing energy costs that many people are taking advantage of is switching energy provider.

You can compare business energy here to try and save as much as hundreds on energy costs or your home or business.


So What Are Your Options?

We know that our customers are want everything to be perfect for them! We’re the same! 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’s made from the material that suits your home or business.

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


Fabric Awning with a Welded Steel Frame


These are our most popular window awnings.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.


Fabric Awning with a Welded Aluminum Frame

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

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 Awnings

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Our Aluminum and Metal Awnings are built to last.

Our aluminum and metal awnings are professionally installed on your windows, doors and porches. They shield your windows from the direct rays of the sun, keeping your home, business or workplace cooler in summer and protecting it from rain, snow and adding extra life to your windows and doors.

All of A. Hoffman Awning’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 materials. Below we’ll go through the benefits of these types of awnings and also which will work for you.

For more on our aluminum and metal awning range, click here.


Retractable Window Awnings


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.
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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.


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.

For more information, click here.

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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