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Awnings For Schools Guide

Managing school property is a huge responsibility. The education and well-being of hundreds or even thousands of students are in your hands, and that may be what drives you to put your best foot forward every day, but it also puts a lot of pressure on your shoulders. Naturally, this means you have dozens of extremely important factors to consider whenever you want to make any architectural changes to the school building or property. If your school doesn’t currently have any exterior awnings, you’ll definitely want to think about adding one or more to the entrances, exits, or even spaces of the building with large windows.

But if you’ve never used awnings before, you probably have a lot of questions. For example, what can school awnings actually do for you and your school? What benefits do they provide to teachers and students? Can awnings or canopies make a school safer? Are they worth the initial investment? Finally, where can you find the best quality architectural awnings for your school?

In today’s guide, we will answer all of these questions and more, so let’s get started!

Why Schools Need Awnings

While it’s true that you shouldn’t fix what’s not broken, you could be missing out on a lot of benefits by foregoing awnings for your school. The reality is that awnings are a necessity outside of schools, regardless of the design of your building. Some schools only need one large awning at the front entrance, while others might need one at every entrance or exit, as well as awnings providing coverage outside of classroom windows. In any case, you’ll need to evaluate the specific needs of your school so that you can figure out just how many awnings (and what types of awnings) your school requires.

In the sections below, we’ll go into greater detail about the benefits of awnings and why they aren’t just a “good option,” but a necessity for the vast majority of schools.

Protection From The Sun

Students, faculty, and parents will often need to gather outside the school entrance at various times of the morning, afternoon, and possibly late afternoon or evening. Depending on the layout of the property, your pick-up and drop-off zone could be directly in front of the building entrance. This is often the area where you’ll need the most protection from the sun. If this is the case, you’ll have dozens or even hundreds of students waiting outside the school’s front, side, or rear doors for varying amounts of time. Without an adequate awning to provide shade, these students could be subject to unsafe degrees of sun exposure that could cause sunburn, heat stroke, or general discomfort for large or small groups of students.

It’s also important to consider the benefits of blocking out the sun from windows. The glare from the sun can be distracting in a classroom environment, causing unwanted reflections on screens or bright light in students’ eyes at specific times of day. Additionally, direct sunlight can make it more difficult (and more expensive) to maintain a comfortable temperature without using a lot of energy. Over time, awnings can help reduce the electricity needed to keep classroom temperatures cool and comfortable. In short, strategically placed awnings help negate all of these sun issues and make it easier for students to learn and teachers to teach in a more pleasant environment.

Precipitation Coverage

Like the sun, both rain and snow can make it very difficult to manage groups of students who may need to wait outdoors. Whether a few students arrive before the school has opened its doors in the morning or some students are still waiting to be picked up in the evening, it’s important to have a way for students to wait outside the entrance to the school without being exposed to heavy rain or snow. Regardless of the climate at your school, having some degree of precipitation coverage for students is an absolute must. Since students often wait near the entrance or exit of the building, it makes the most sense to introduce an awning to this part of the edifice.

Plus, modern awnings can be equipped with enhanced gutters, pipes, or scuppers that function independently or feed into the building’s existing drainage system. Either way, a quality awning makes it easier to direct the direction of rainwater and even melted snow and ice as temperatures change. Awnings with gutter systems can also help you avoid unwanted puddles or pools of stagnant water after rainstorms.

Safety Lighting

Exterior lighting can be added to just about any part of a school, but it’s most important to include near entrances and exits. Many students arrive at school before the sun has risen, and many leave school after the sun has gone down. To ensure that students feel safe at virtually any time of day or night, it’s important to add ample lighting to areas where students are most likely to pass through or gather.

An awning adds an additional overhead structure that can hold exterior lights. Not only do these lights make students and faculty feel safer as they enter or leave the school, but they also make it safer to move around in otherwise low-light environments. The increased visibility makes it safe for everyone to move freely without an increased risk of injury.

Enhanced Aesthetics

An awning can add a new and interesting aesthetic to a drab school edifice. Custom awnings work to bring the kind of look that you want for your school. For example, if you want a classic look, you can introduce a customized design using wood or glass, and a structure that takes from existing school exteriors. Alternatively, if you want something a bit more modern, you might want a simplified aluminum or glass awning that helps bring your school building into the 21st century.

While awnings have their own aesthetic appeal, they can also support temporary signage and banners. Whether you have an upcoming prom or you want to announce the start of the new school year, an awning makes it easier to display highly visible messages.

The Best School Canopies & Awnings

Are you a school principal or property manager who wants to introduce some much-needed changes to your school? Is student and faculty safety a top priority for you? Do you want to make your school more energy-efficient? Would you like to improve the aesthetics of your school’s front entrance? If so, Duralux has the expertise and designs to see your architectural dreams come to fruition with a custom school awning.

We know that you want to improve your school however possible, and at Duralux, we can help provide the designs and materials you need to add truly amazing awnings and canopies to the exterior of your school. Each school exterior is used differently; some schools have large windows revealing classrooms, lobbies, and cafeterias, while others have limited visibility aside from entrances and exits. Custom-designed canopies can help protect these areas from unwanted sunlight, while also helping offer protection from rain and snow. Our custom awnings and canopies are specifically made to bridge the gap between lasting functionality and superior style, giving you more room to customize the perfect exterior for your school.

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