If you’re shopping for awnings or canopies, you’ll notice that prices can vary significantly. But why? How can you be sure you’re getting a good deal? Several factors can affect the final cost of an awning or canopy. Here’s a review of the most common factors, as well as some helpful hints.
One of the biggest factors in awning cost is, of course, the materials. Fabric awnings, like canvas canopies, are usually on the lower end of the cost spectrum. These materials are cheaper to obtain, and easier to manufacture than those used for metal awnings.
Of course, fabric awnings may not last as long as metal varieties, and may have difficulty standing up to extreme weather. Metal awnings usually cost more, and are often manufactured using galvanized metal, aluminum, or copper. While the initial investment is higher, these kinds of awnings are more durable, and can stand up to heavy winds, harsh sunlight, and winter storms.
Today’s awnings come with a wide array of features, which can also play a role in the final cost. Retractable awnings are more expensive than non-retractable ones, especially if they are motorized. Some even feature sensors, and will automatically retract when potentially damaging conditions are detected. Other awnings can detect sunlight, and extend accordingly. These conveniences will certainly increase cost.
Awnings can have artistic details, and design features that run the cost up. For example, ornate awnings are more expensive than plain ones. Customization to fit a particular home or business — like adding graphics or special designs — can increase the cost of an awning as well.
Size and Shape
This one is a given. Awnings with larger dimensions require more materials to manufacture. This translates to a higher consumer cost for both fabric, and metal awning styles.
When calculating the cost of your awning, be sure to figure in maintenance and potential repairs. Here is where you’ll likely find that cheaper is not always better. A "too good to be true” price is usually just that, and you may end up paying more down the road to repair, or replace your awnings.
Like nearly every other product on the market, quality weighs heavily on the price of awnings and canopies. Again, "good deals” aren’t always so good. A cheap, retractable awning made with inferior components will likely break down earlier than costlier ones. Always research awning manufacturers before making a purchase to make sure the products you’re getting are made with quality materials and quality workmanship.
Shipping and Installation
Don’t forget to factor in the cost of shipping and installation. While neither affects the actual purchase price of the awning, they are still significant expenses you’re likely to incur. Don’t forget to add these costs to your budget.
There are many other factors to consider when you’re calculating the overall cost of an awning setup. Sometimes, spending more at the outset can bring more value — and even save you money — in the long run. For instance, adding awnings to the outside of a business can attract more customers by providing a cool, shady place for them to gather.
Another cost-offset to consider is how much you’ll save in energy costs, since awnings can help you maintain the temperature of your indoor spaces. Keep all these factors in mind, and you’ll be sure to get the best deal for your ideal product.