Awnings: Cool Shade

Reviewed by:
Rosemary Thornton
Before the days of central air conditioning, homeowners relied on canvas awnings to keep cool and to protect interior fabrics from harsh sunlight.

Awnings can help reduce cooling costs, and besides, they make a plain house look snazzy.

This company offers more than 100 color choices for the canvas fabric. Old Charm style, with rounded edges, is shown here. The company also offers a sleeker contemporary version.

  • Expect to pay $190 (September 2006) for a canvas awning 6' wide x 3' deep with a 3/4" frame.
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