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Incorporating Awnings onto Historical Buildings

Most cities and towns are defined by the buildings found in it. City centres and downtown areas often contain older buildings, old main streets, turn-of-the-century storefronts, and even old post-war homes, adding a distinctive design to specific areas. Whenever historical buildings are renovated or refurbished, it’s important to preserve the character and distinctive attributes.

When historical buildings are renovated with awnings, there are two major deciding factors:

1.    Many old architectural style buildings, for example, Spanish Revival, Craftsman, and Colonial, incorporate awnings to make them part of their exterior design and are typically used as aesthetic and functional extensions of an already beautiful old building.

2.    Awnings help control heat since old buildings typically depend on more passive ways of temperature control.

Replacing old awnings on historical buildings is for the most part inexpensive and a very simple way to update their appearance. Many old storefronts or buildings install retractable awnings because they are easy to use and maintain and modern designs have a lot to offer in terms of durable construction, design and style, and the ability to control temperature and provide much-needed shade during the summer months.

What Matters When Renovating Historical Buildings

In most historical areas, the neighborhoods and streets are usually considered to be a collective influence. Meaning, one of the most important aspects of the restoration of old buildings is to preserve the exterior and appearance of them. Most areas enforce legislations and laws (even some boards) that control what kind of updates can be made, what must be maintained as part of preserving the historical character and appearance of the property or building, and even what colours or designs are allowed or prohibited.

When installing awnings on old buildings (or replacing them), it’s important to consider they can be seamlessly incorporated into the exterior design. Building or business owners should also consider if there’s something that be covered up instead of being fixed or replaced, such as rotting arbors on old Spanish-style homes.

If the building in question already has awnings and the owner is looking to update them, it’s much easier and more affordable to just have them replaced. Retractable awnings are definitely the way to go and are very simple and easy to operate. Perhaps the most essential part of the process is making sure that the awning’s style, colour, size, and design all match the exterior of the building or storefront well.   

If you’re looking to install retractable awnings to help keep your home cool and shaded from the Sunshine Coast heat, visit our online gallery or talk with one of our experts today.

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