Awnings have been used since ancient times. First used by Egyptian and Syrian civilizations to shade everything from market stalls to homes. They started as woven mats attached to wooden poles or secured with ropes.
One of the most amazing examples of early awnings in ancient times was the network of retractable awnings that helped shade about 30-40% of the Roman Colosseum. These retractable awnings were made with linen, rope, and wooden framing.
Awnings became common place in the early 19th century. Much of the time they were attached to walls and supported by cast iron posts or angled rafters. With better metallurgy came better hooks, grommets, and nails this allowed for more beautiful designs to be employed. The awning fabric also improved to a strong, tightly-woven cotton canvas material that was used in tent and sail making.
After the industrial revolution awnings became even more common as iron plumbing pipes became readily available. These were quickly adapted to make awning frames from a material that was strong, affordable, and weather resistant. Using iron pipes for awning frames also meant more designs were available as the iron pipes were easily bent into various curves and shapes. This was also the timeframe where storefronts started adapting the framed awnings to draw in customers and keep their stores cool.
Soon advances in motors and materials allowed for our modern motorized retractable awnings and light, but sturdy, frames made from better metal alloys.
Now you can customize awnings for almost any situation. Awnings are perfect for patio coverings, windows, storefronts, and even freestanding areas. Call 208-376-0000 for a free, in-home estimate. No matter what, we’ve got you covered.