Residential Loose Frame Awnings

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Add style and beauty to your home and save energy costs at the same time!

The most common and least expensive awning for your home is called a "Loose Frame" awning.

A loose frame awning has a "U" shaped metal support frame that is used to hold the bottom of the awning in place and it is attached to the house using what is called a hinge.

Welded Frame Awnings are also available for residential use.  However, welded frame awnings cost more which is why they are more commonly used for commercial applications.

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Why add Awnings to your home?

Awnings will improve the look of your home by giving it color, depth and style.  There are close to 200 Sunbrella solid and stripe awning fabric patterns to choose from.

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Awnings will help to keep your home cooler by stopping the sun's heat outside.  Yes, drapes and shades will stop the sun's heat.  However, they stop the sun's heat inside your house house.  Plus with your drapes closed you cannot see outside and the inside of your house is darker so you have to turn on lights which cost you money.

Studies have shown that awnings will lower the temperature inside a house by 7° to 15° F over the same house without awnings.  If you need to run your air conditioning it will not have to work as hard, and therefore saving you money on energy costs.

Awnings will save you money by protecting your expensive hardwood floors, carpets, furniture and drapes from fading from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays.

Awnings will help to keep the rain out of opened windows.  And if the rain stays off your windows you may not have to wash your windows as often.

Three Common Loose Frame Awning Styles


"Traditional" Style
Single-pitch Loose Frame Awning


This is the most common awning style.

It is used with double-hung windows that open by sliding up and down, windows that open side to side, tilt out hinged at the top or for windows that do not open.
Single-pitch Loose Frame Awning
"French" Style
Double-pitch Loose Frame Awning


This style is used with casement crank-out windows when extra room is available above the window.

The top of the awning is attached to the house 6" or more above the window.  A second "U" shaped frame near the top will allow the window to open without rubbing on the fabric.
French Double-pitch Loose Frame Awning
"Box" Style
Double-pitch Loose Frame Awning


This style is used with casement crank-out windows when no extra room above the window is available and a French style awning cannot be used.

Like a French awning, the second "U" shaped frame at the top will allow the window to open without rubbing on the fabric.
Box Double-pitch Loose Frame Awning

Installation Instructions for Loose Frame Awnings


Installation Instructions for Loose Frame Awnings

Ropes may be added to raise and lower the awning as needed.  Box and French style awnings cannot usually be roped.  Pulling up an awning will allow more light inside the house if needed.

We do not recommend leaving an awning pulled up for extended periods like for winter storage.  Rain, snow or ice may collect in the pulled-up awning causing water stains, mildew and other damage.  Also birds and squirrels have been known to build nests inside pulled-up awnings causing permanent damage.

We have found that most customers no longer want the ropes installed.