Awnings are attractive.  All around the metro Atlanta area they adorn buildings and many leave a lasting impression on those who see them. But apart from this, a well-designed and well-fabricated awning can be a cost effective way to make a structure more environmentally sustainable.

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Many buildings have glass entry doors and some additionally have adjacent glass windows. These doors and windows can contribute more to unwanted energy gain or loss than any other structural element of the building. Neither gain of energy in the summer, especially on a hot day in Vinings, nor loss of energy in the winter is a good thing.

Take for example a hot summer in Smyrna. One square foot of exposed glass can allow more energy into a building than an 8’ x 10’ insulated wall.

This is one reason companies from Tucker to Roswell are choosing to add entry awnings fabricated by United Signs to important locations that are highly visible and have a high volume of traffic.

A well-designed and well-built awning has a long lifetime during which it can limit energy gain and loss every day of the year.  This is what makes them so cost effective.

A University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Research study concluded that awnings are likely responsible, with other factors, for a building’s environmental sustainability.  Some of the benefits of awnings are:

  • They decrease the amount of harmful ultraviolet rays that can enter a building through doors and windows and affect people who occupy those areas.
  • They prevent heat loss in winter and solar heat gain in summer.
  • They reduce demand for electricity, which means the local utility does not have to install and maintain as much power generating equipment and infrastructure.
  • They reduce the demand for energy from burning fossil fuels for heating and cooling, which means the building has a smaller carbon footprint.

Awning photo

And awnings, properly designed, can do all this without obstructing the view through the glass windows and doors.

So if these advantages appeal to you and you would like to learn more about awnings and what they can do for your building, call United Signs of Peachtree Corners at 678-203-6044 or submit our no-obligation contact form.  Our team will be happy to assist you in developing striking and energy efficient awnings that give their benefits for years to come.


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