How Long do Commercial Awnings Typically Last?

Brown Awning at restaurant provided by Tennessee Valley Metals

When you think about investing in metal awnings for your business, one of the most important questions that comes to mind is “how long will my awning last?” It’s understandable to have such a concern, since everyone wants to get the best possible ROI. The lifespan of a commercial awning can vary quite a bit, and in this article we will go over the factors that determine the longevity of awnings. We will also cover why aluminum awnings have an edge in terms of longevity.

The Right Design is Essential

To ensure your metal awnings live up to their full potential, you need to have the right choice for design and materials. Nobody wants their metal awning to wear out prematurely, after all.

Placement of your awning, geographical conditions, and function can affect the lifespan of your awning. Things like material warping and inclement weather such as rain, sun, snow, heat, excessive sunlight, and high winds can negatively affect your awning so you must ensure the right materials are used. Aluminum awnings are non-corrosive and provide high durability, therefore their likelihood of outlasting regular metal awnings is higher.

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Good Quality Components Make a Huge Difference

Your choice of material can greatly impact the lifespan of your awning. Awnings made of materials such as low quality iron might be cheaper than aluminum, but this will significantly decrease its durability. You might prefer a metal that is virtually maintenance-free in order to cut down on maintenance-related expenses, or you might want an awning that can withstand a lot of wear and tear because you might be located in an area with heavy winds or rainfall. In such situations, an aluminum awning is your best bet because it is specifically designed as a solution for these instances.

Additionally, those who want a sleek and original finish tend to prefer aluminum awnings over other types of metals because of their aesthetic appeal—but this is a personal choice and can vary among different people. Objectively speaking, an aluminum walkway cover is likely to retain its shine for a longer period of time which might be an important consideration to keep in mind.

High Quality Construction Improves The Lifespan of Metal Awnings

If you ensure high-quality construction of your metal awning you are guaranteed to increase its lifespan. The only way you can do this is by partnering with a reputable manufacturer that has a verifiable track record of producing long-lasting, sturdy awnings. Not only do poorly built awnings have a shorter lifespan, they also result in safety hazards. Metal awnings require a high degree of care and attention to ensure they are made to last.

Aluminum Awnings Last Longer Than Their Steel Awning Counterparts

As mentioned above, an aluminum awning has many desirable properties over, say, a metal awning, fabric awning, or even canvas awnings. Aluminum awnings require less maintenance and provide superior protection against the elements in both summer and winter months (they can even withstand hurricane-strength winds!) 

In conclusion, if you want to know how long your aluminum awning will last, it depends on various factors mentioned above. But when compared to other types of metal awnings? It is almost certain they will provide a drastically longer lifespan.

We at Tennessee Valley Metals have been creating industry-leading awnings for decades and would be glad to assist you with your project. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you!