Awning Styles

There are many designs, styles, fabrics, colors, features and options available in awnings today. Your professional awning supplier can provide you ideas and budgets for the awning that fits your needs.


Most typically used over a window or door, the concave design is characterized by the inward curvature of the front panel. The side panels can be covered with fabric for a completely shaded enclosure, or left open, leaving the front panel supported by decorative poles.


A dome-shaped awning is typically found over small entryways and windows and can be used in archways. The quarter-sphere shape provides similar protection from the sun and rain from all angles.

Elongated Dome

Similar to the dome-shaped frame, this style works best for long windows or entryways that require a dome awning. The elongated dome can be used on a flat surface or can curve to cover a corner entry or windows.

Lateral Arm / Retractable

Most typically used over patios and decks, the retractable awning can be extended and retracted to provide shelter when necessary and allow sunlight when desired. It includes a manual cranking system or two variations of electric control systems; one functions at the push of a switch or button and the other can be controlled by sun, wind and rain sensors.

Quarter Round / Convex

The quarter round frame is similar to the traditional awning with flat side panels, but is characterized by a curved front panel, constructed from a series of parallel bows in the shape of a convex curve. It produces a radius shape with flat ends. It is best used over a small entryway or window.

Rounded Entrance Canopy

This canopy, is supported by stanchions at the outer end and not attached to a building. Like an awning, it is made of fabric and can provide the same benefits and aesthetics of an awning.


The traditional frame is comprised of a down-slanting front panel with or without two side panels or ends. It can be used over smaller areas like windows and entryways, but can also provide protection over large areas like porches, patios and decks.

Learn more about types of awnings – a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles.

Awning Components

Information on frames & frame systems

Common anchoring systems

Methods for applying graphics

Glossary of awning terms

Code information

Awning Care

Fabric awnings can provide years of enjoyment with the proper care and maintenance. Follow these simple steps:

1. Before cleaning any awning fabric, consult the fabric manufacturer for proper cleaning instructions.

2. Brush off all debris.

3. Clean from the bottom and work up.

4. Gently scrub the awning and valance with a soft-bristled brush and a mild soap such as dishwashing liquid.

5. Wash all parts of the awning. Missed spots show when dry.

6. Thoroughly and completely rinse the awning. The film left on the material will leave marks and a chalky residue.

7. About once a month rinse your awning down with a garden hose and keep the underside clean by simply brushing with a clean household broom.

8. Keep shrubbery and vines trimmed away from your awning, they contain acid that can damage fabric. In addition, check awning frames for rust. Though rust is not likely, it can cause deterioration of the frame and lead to fabric stains.

Or have your awning cleaned by a professional.

Regular maintenance generally means a once-a-year cleaning, with additional care if stains or soilage appears.

Your professional awning supplier will be able to recommend awning cleaners in your area. This site also has a limited number of professional cleaners in its database.

A regular cleaning schedule starts the first year in which the awning is in service. Your awning professional can help by offering a regular maintenance contract. Also, remember that your awning is an exterior product. In the same way you wouldn’t leave your automobile outside without washing it for very long, you’ll also need to clean your fabric awning to preserve and extend its good looks and service life.