It's still cold outside right now, and going to get colder before it gets better. That does not mean, however, it is not a good idea to be thinking about ways to improve our outdoor environment when the time comes to get back to enjoying it.
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The basic design of a porch awning can come in many different materials. There are many different choices so that you can find the right selection to add to the style and feel of your home. They can be made out of metal, aluminum, canvas, fabric, vinyl, and many others. This usually depends on if you want your awning to be permanent or removable. Metal or aluminum patio covers are permanent, while vinyl and canvas are usually for retractable styles. The awning attaches to the exterior of the home and extends out over the porch or deck. They provide a covering to protect the user from the elements. Typically the awning is supported by a few different poles, usually made out of aluminum because it is lightweight and durable. Others are made out of steel or fiberglass depending on how heavy duty you need your awning to be (i.e. live in a windy, rainy area that requires better support). These support poles take the brunt of the weight of the awning and provide some stability.