Comparing Steel and Aluminum Awnings
Awnings do wonders for businesses that use them. They’re perfect for providing an outdoor space away from unpleasant weather conditions. They boost your business’s curb appeal. They lower your energy bill by shielding your interior from the sun’s rays, meaning you don’t need to use as much air conditioning. If you don’t have an awning yet, there are two awning materials that you may think of using for an installation: steel and aluminum. Today, we’re going to compare steel and aluminum awnings so you can decide which is better to have for your business.
Steel awnings have more weight to them, so they can be more of a hassle to handle. This makes the installation process more of a chore. Aluminum awnings are known for being fairly lightweight. In fact, aluminum is among the lightest metals you can find, so the installation process is a breeze. Datum’s structures weigh approximately 3-pounds per square foot.
Your awning will be exposed to rain (and possibly snow) throughout the year. This moisture can cause serious problems for your awning, depending on the awning material you pick.
Steel awnings, unfortunately, are more vulnerable to rusting from water exposure. They also have less resistance against heat, making them less suitable for warmer climates. You can add coating to these awnings for extra protection, but they don’t have the natural resistance that aluminum awnings have.
Aluminum awnings, in contrast, offer more natural rust resistance. This means they’ll last longer under adverse weather conditions.
You want whatever awning you get to last as long as possible, and this means picking an awning that is durable. Aluminum awnings hold the edge in this category as well. As mentioned prior, aluminum awnings have more natural durability than metal awnings. While you can give coatings to a metal awning to provide that extra bit of durability, it’s an extra step that aluminum awnings don’t require but powder coating your canopy may offer just the amount of color needed for your building. Therefore, if you’re looking for a long-lasting awning, we recommend picking aluminum as your awning material of choice.
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