1. Light diminished in intensity as a result of the interception of the rays; comparative darkness or obscurity.
3. Cover or shelter provided by an object’s interception of sun or its rays.
4. Any of various devices used to reduce or screen light or heat.
5. Products by The Canvas Works.
For over 20 years, The Canvas Works has been the definition of shade, weather protection and architectural details for homes and businesses in the southeastern United States.
Backlit commercial awnings, residential window and patio awnings, manual or electric retractable awnings…we’ll find the correct shade solution for your home or business.
According to the U. S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Heritage Preservation Service, historic photographs from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries offer ample precedent for the use of awnings on windows, above storefronts and at entrances. Decisions on particular projects must be based on the circumstances of each building, but as a general rule, in restoration projects, awnings are acceptable when the physical evidence or documented research clearly shows they were once on the building and the historic appearance is being accurately restored. In rehabilitation projects, awnings may be acceptable when they do not negatively affect the historic character of the building.
As “Interpreting the Standards Bulletin” No. 86-079 makes clear, awnings can in some cases so impair the historic character of a structure that denial of certification may result. However, historic photographs of streetscapes document a great profusion of awnings. Awnings of many sizes, shapes, patterns and colors ranged from one building to the next. Sometime more than one appeared on the same building. While careful scrutiny of awnings is justifiably part of the National Park Service review of tax act projects, care must be exercised in this area not to substitute strictly personal preferences for professional evaluations of historic character.
Benefits of Awnings and Canopies
Fabric awnings and canopies can meet various design needs. Many modern fabrics are long- lasting, bright, easily cleaned, strong and flame-retardant. Modern frame materials offer high strength-to-weight ratios and corrosion resistance. The proper combination of these properties can result in safe, strong, economical and attractive products.
These systems afford protection from the sun, rain, snow, sleet and hail. In certain configurations, they can also protect from wind.
Applying graphics directly to awning fabrics provides identification and/or advertisement without the need for “add-on” sign structures.
Creative designers and architects can develop useful and intriguing designs for modern awning and canopy systems that incorporate shape, light, color, texture, graphics and structure, at modest cost. Most awning frames are custom made by cutting, bending and welding metal tubing, and fitting the fabric to the frame. With these custom methods, almost any shape and size can be attained and covered with awning fabric.
Hence, the same surface can serve at least three necessary functions: weather protection, identification and architecture.