Aluminum awning covers: The toughest and easiest option to maintain, aluminum awnings along extremely well against heavy rain and snow. Although not available in as many colors and patterns such as textiles or plastics, aluminum units with baked enamel finish will last for years without fading or chipping. Some models even have built-in rain gutters to accommodate runoff.
Fabric awning covers: Textiles can be easily customized to the aesthetics of a building – or company logo – and inexpensive to install. However, because it does not protect so well against the elements, it is important to seek innovative synthetic fibers that are able to stand up against the rain, as polyvinyl laminates, or offer resistance against sun damage, such as textiles fluoropolymer.
Polycarbonate, PVC and acrylic options: Plastic sheeting are virtually indestructible and resistant to UV rays. They can be ordered in a variety of colors and sizes. A more durable alternative to glass, these units are lightweight and often can be installed without the need for a contractor. Solar panel awning covers: Photovoltaic systems use solar panels awnings to shade the door for the valuable insight thermal energy. While these units are not readily available in the market in early 2011, prototypes of this type are in development.