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A Guide to the Common Types of Metal Awnings

by | Apr 20, 2024 | Awnings

Are you thinking of buying a new awning? It’s a great investment to make because it offers practical aesthetic benefits. However, there are so many types of metal awnings that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

Van Nuys Awning Co. cuts through the confusion with this quick guide. We offer high-quality custom residential metal awnings to meet every need.

Types of Awning Styles

Metal awnings can be excellent, but they aren’t for everyone. Before proceeding, you’ll want to determine what style of awning you’re looking for; this will help you pick the right awning material.

Here are the different tops of residential and commercial awning styles:

  • Fixed: This remains in place and offers the most protection against UV rays.
  • Retractable: This type is popular with window awnings because it allows you to maximize sunshine in winter.
  • Motorized: While this type is more expensive, it’s extremely convenient because you don’t have to crank back the fabric.
  • Portable: These are a lighter weight and ideal when you need to move around.

A metal custom awning only comes in a fixed style. This is the trade-off for its longevity and ability to withstand inclement weather conditions. If you’re looking for more versatility, you might consider fabric instead. 

It’s worth considering the energy performance of awnings in residential buildings before making your final decision. Our team is happy to discuss your options with you. 

What Metal Awning Options Can You Choose From?

There are several types of metal awnings available, should you decide to go that route. They are as follows.


This is one of the most popular types because it’s the least expensive option. Manufacturers powder coat the aluminum, so it’s available in almost every single color. The malleability of the metal means that you can get it in many different styles.

The trade-off you make is that aluminum doesn’t last as long as steel or copper. It’s also less resistant to hail and other harsh weather conditions than steel is. 


Steel is another popular option. It’s extremely durable and will withstand a battering quite well. Due to the weight, the wind is less likely to be able to lift the awning and rip it off.

However, you’ll need to dig deep to afford these models. You’ll also have to make sure that your walls can bear the weight. Finally, the steel must be properly treated so it doesn’t rust. 


Do you like a warm look that’s highly durable? Copper might fit the bill because it lasts a long time and won’t corrode. As a result, it’ll last for decades without issues. 

There are some challenges, though. Copper is softer than steel and more expensive. 

If you’re still unsure of which route to take, feel free to call us. We are happy to advise you on the best local options.

Get Your Free Estimate for Custom Awnings Today!

Are you ready to neaten up your property and improve its curb appeal? Would you like to discuss the types of metal awnings or learn more about the awning cost? Call Van Nuys Awning Co. at 805-973-0853 for more information. 

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