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The Many Forms of Commercial Awnings in Phoenix
Commercial shade structures come in a variety of shapes, frames, sizes, and fabrics. One form that’s widely used is the commercial awning. Commercial awnings in Phoenix go back a long way. Their contemporary usage dates back to the early 19th century, but early awnings can be found as far back as the ancient Roman and Egyptian culture. Suffice it to say, awnings and the technology behind them, have changed considerably from their simple utilitarian assemblies in the past to the highly their highly customized state today. Here’s a closer look at the ‘then and now’ of awnings in America.
A quick glance at business awnings adorning the buildings and strip malls in your local neighborhood and you wouldn’t think much about the way an awning is assembled or manufactured. However, a closer look at the history of awnings reveals that the simple utilitarian stretched canvas assemblies that constitute early 19th century awnings have seen a huge change over the last few hundred years.
Commercial Awnings in Phoenix
Awnings of the early 19th century were mostly static structures, which not only begged for the “curb appeal” of pedestrians taking a stroll in the local neighborhood, but also allowed for window shopping in all sorts of weather conditions. Although these simple awnings were both appealing and functional, their drawback was the fixed frame, which made “closing shop” a cumbersome task as coverings needed to be pulled from the frame and rolled by hand. Fortunately, folding-arm awnings were introduced in the late 19th century and, unlike their unmovable cousins, these awnings had vertical hinges, which crossed like scissors and created an easy way to retract the awning, depending upon the weather condition of the day.
During this era, canvas duck, due to its affordability and widespread production, was the common fabric used on commercial awnings, and continued to be so until the first half of the 20th century. But for all its benefits, ease-of-use, and utility, canvas duck was susceptible to over stretching and tearing, fading, mildew growth, and even cigarette sparks, which were also far more common than today. Thus, the materials’ drawbacks drove awning designers to search for fabric alternatives. It wasn’t until after World War II those awnings were given a vinyl; waterproof plastic coating that prevented both fading and water damage.
Now, they serve two purposes: signage and shade. We will cover this more in the next part of this article, but for now, just know that commercial awning installation is a great idea for any sort of business.
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3346 W Flower St
Phoenix, AZ 85017-4815