Before Air Conditioning…
For thousands of years awnings have been a prominent and functional addition to homes, marketplaces, and commercial buildings. As far back as Ancient Egypt, woven mats were suspended over the opening of doors and windows to provide shade and a respite from the scorching heat of the sun. Early awnings were also used to provide shelter for livestock. Even the well-preserved ashen ruins at Pompeii contain evidence and inscriptions pertaining to the use of awnings as do countless other civilizations that have long since come and gone.
In the US, awnings were common on hotels, office buildings, and the grandest of houses for a very good reason – they shaded patios and terraces for outdoor comfort and kept the interior cool.
Today, rising energy costs and a new awareness of the importance of energy efficiency have brought forth a new generation of shade products that feature technological advancements in fabrics, electronics, and engineering. Not only do these products save on energy consumption and protect you, your family, your employees, and your customers from exposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, they also draw attention to your home or business and create a comfortable outdoor living space.
Solution-dyed acrylic fabrics have replaced old fashioned canvas. Acrylic fibers won’t rot or mildew, and they maintain their color and functionality for years.
Technology in operating systems allow for shade with your smartphone or tablet or a remote control and automatic operation during sunny, rainy, or windy conditions.