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Awnings For Rain Protection

One of the most common reasons businesses and building owners choose to add an awning to the front of their edifice is to protect people from the elements. While some businesses or organizations might want a place that provides shade during hot, sunny days, many will want some degree of rain protection. Unfortunately, when it comes to rain protection, not all awnings are created equal. In fact, many types of awnings are not waterproof or rainproof at all.

This begs a few important questions. First of all, what types of awnings can really keep rain out? What differentiates rain awnings from sun awnings? How does an aluminum gutter system work? Finally, where can you find the absolute best awnings for rain protection?

In today’s guide, we will answer all of these questions and more, but first, let’s look at why rain-proof awnings are needed in the first place.

Why Rain-Proof Awnings Are Important

If you own a building where people are coming and going, you ultimately need to keep those people safe and comfortable. Whether it’s customers, students, clients, random visitors, vendors, and/or employees, there are people who depend on you to take certain steps to make their lives easier and more comfortable. Wanting to stay dry and protected from the rain is a basic human need that is ingrained in our DNA. Just the simple act of providing a covering at the front of your edifice can enhance the experience and show people that you care about their well-being.

Rain-proof and waterproof awnings are not just altruistic. If you frequently need to enter or exit your business, you’ll want protection, too! Adding an awning to your edifice that can adequately protect you from the rain can make it easier to focus on other aspects of your business or organization.

And as much as you might like to think about making people happy, you also need to think about the well-being of your brick-and-mortar building and any potential safety hazards. Without an awning that has a proper drainage system for rain, water could pour off the sides, causing an uncomfortable or even dangerous situation for passersby. Moreover, if water cannot be redirected off the awning, it will collect on top of the awning, causing damage over time.

How Awnings Keep Rain Out

When it rains, putting something over your head will keep the rain off you. However, all that water has to go somewhere. This is why many of the most popular and effective rain canopies utilize an awning gutter system that redirects water away from people walking below. In most cases, your building will already have a gutter system, so the awning can simply feed water into that system. For example, many rooftops are designed to direct water toward gutters located at the edge of the roof. This water then naturally moves down the gutters and exits through pipes that direct it to areas that are further away from entrances and walkways.

However, your business or organization doesn’t need to have a specific gutter system in order for your awning to dispose of rainwater properly. In the next section, we’ll go over some of the most common types of waterproof awnings and how they work.

Types of Waterproof Awnings

When it comes to rain and waterproof awnings, there are two primary components that you’ll want to consider: materials and drainage systems. Some of the most popular awning materials for rain protection include:

  • Aluminum – Aluminum is one of the best materials to use for a rain awning, as it is highly resistant to water. Unlike certain types of steel, aluminum will not rust with time, particularly if it’s properly maintained. For this reason, aluminum is often used to form the basic structure of an awning, and it may also be used to form the gutter, pans, profiles, as well as any add-ons.
  • Glass – Glass is a popular option for building owners because it can let sunshine in while keeping water out. There are also a lot of different ways to design a glass awning so that it can protect from all types of intrusions. For example, a glass-topped awning with a wooden louvered design underneath can provide shade and water protection simultaneously.
  • Wood – Wood is often chosen for its classic look, but it can also be treated with the right finish to ensure that it’s waterproof.

The material of your awning may partially dictate the type of drainage system you use, but the three most common drainage systems can be incorporated into many different designs:

  • Scupper – Scuppers are small openings located near the corners of awnings that allow water to drain off in specific areas. These help prevent “waterfalls” from forming. A bonus to scuppers is that they are very discreet and do not require a lot of extra material. However, due to their small size, scuppers may need to be cleaned more often to prevent clogs.
  • Downspout Leader – A downspout leader is a vertical pipe and the “classic” drainage design for buildings and awnings. It may be more visible than a scupper, but it also allows for more water to pass through it at once. These pipes are better than scuppers if you want to choose exactly where the water should go.
  • Tie Into Building Drainage System – If you don’t want your awning to have its own self-sustaining drainage system or you prefer to combine your awning with your existing drainage system, you can simply tie your awning rain gutter into your building’s drainage system. This is a particularly good option if your property has unique needs or you’re content with how and where your building disposes of rainwater.

The Best Awnings For Rain Protection

Do you own a building in an area that gets heavy rainfall? Are you looking for a way to protect yourself and others from rain at the entrance or exit of your building? Do you want an awning that has a nuanced and effective drainage system? If so, Duralux has the expertise and designs to see your architectural dreams come to fruition with a custom waterproof awning.

At Duralux, we focus on creating awnings that meet the specific needs of your building. Every business or organization is unique, and we have custom awnings and architectural designs that can help keep water out without disrupting your existing gutters or drainage system. We also use the best materials to ensure that your awning can protect your edifice from rain for years to come. Our custom rain-proof awnings and canopies are specifically made to bridge the gap between lasting functionality and superior style, giving you more room to customize the perfect facade.

Interested in designing a custom awning for rain protection? Reach out to the experts at Duralux today!