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House Of Worship Entrance Awnings Guide

When constructing a house of worship — whether it is a church, synagogue, temple, or mosque — it’s important to create a warm, welcoming front entrance and facade. You might think that you missed the chance to incorporate church awnings if the building has already been constructed, but fortunately, this is not the case. Temple or church entrance awnings can easily be designed and customized to fit the existing design of your building. The most important step is deciding if an entrance awning is right for your house of worship.

But how can entrance awnings and canopies improve a house of worship? What purpose do they serve? What are some of the most popular entrance awning styles for churches, temples, mosques, and synagogues? How can you calculate the right dimensions for your entrance awning? Finally, where can you find high-quality, customizable entrance awnings for your house of worship?

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

How Entrance Awnings Are Used By Houses Of Worship

Even if you only think of an entrance awning or canopy as a functional addition to a building, there are still many ways that they can be used to enhance a building. Since you’ll probably want to consider the benefits of implementing an entrance awning before you get into the planning stages, here are just a few of the most common ways that entrance awnings are put to use by houses of worship:

  • Creating an Inviting Entryway – One thing most houses of worship share is the desire to bring in more people from the community. While a drab or unwelcoming entryway may not seem like a big issue, it could deter a lot of people from walking through your doors. A quality awning can make a house of worship more inviting by serving as a literal and symbolic place of shelter.
  • Providing Protection From the Elements – Speaking of shelter, one of the primary functions of a front entrance awning or canopy is to protect people from the elements. Whether it’s scorching sunlight or bone-chilling rain, an entrance awning can help protect people from unpleasant weather as they enter and exit the building.
  • Introducing a More Secure Entrance – Entrance awnings make it much easier to have overhead lighting near the entrance of your building. Not only does this make it easier to walk in low-light conditions, but it can also help people feel more secure and less vulnerable at night.
  • Making an Outdoor Socialization Area – Awnings and canopies are universally recognized as places to gather, often simply to enjoy a bit of shade. This makes it easier to create a socialization “zone” at the entrance of your building. Existing members of your organization will enjoy the ability to socialize outdoors, while newcomers and other members of the community will feel more inclined to join in.
  • Adding to the Existing Architecture – A good entrance awning should stand out, but it should also work seamlessly with the existing style and architecture of your house of worship. You can use an entrance awning to work with and even enhance the aesthetic appeal of your building.
  • Improving Signage and Visibility – There are various ways to construct and design entrance awnings, but virtually every style incorporates an overhang that can double as a place for signage. This can make it easier for people to see the name of your religious organization from a distance and even increase the chances of bringing in new members. Combining quality awnings and signage can also help your house of worship look more professional, which is a great boost for your on-site branding.

Popular Entrance Awning Styles

The style of your awning should be customized to match or improve the look of your building. That said, the style of your entrance awning is also intrinsically linked to the materials used to make it. Here are a few popular styles that can be reworked and customized to fit your needs:

  • Flat-Roof Overhang – A flat-roof overhang offers a modern, minimalistic entrance awning that can protect from the rain and sun, depending on the materials used. For example, aluminum and flat wood panels can provide both rain and sun protection, while clear glass roof panels only protect from rain.
  • Louvered Overhang – Louvered awnings are ideal for sun protection and they can potentially offer better airflow. This means that louvered overhangs are typically not best for rain protection, but they can be combined with a glass top to provide additional coverage.
  • Traditional Sloped Awning – A sloped awning is commonly used for a wide range of building entrances, including houses of worship. These can offer varied styles and designs, even utilizing weather-resistant fabric for a less rigid awning. Sloped awnings also make it easier to control the flow of water without the need for a separate drainage system.
  • Standing Pergolas – Standing pergolas are popular for entrances that have long outdoor walkways or wide entrances. They generally offer more overhead coverage than many other awning styles, which is ideal for larger houses of worship that get a lot of foot traffic.

Determining The Ideal Awning Dimensions

Since every house of worship is unique, there’s no one-size-fits-all entrance awning. This means that you’ll need to determine the right awning dimensions for your building and organization. Here are some factors to consider when figuring out the best dimensions:

  • Number of People – One of the most important factors is the number of people for whom you want to provide overhead coverage. As a rule of thumb, you should expect to have between 4 and 6 square feet of overhead space per person. So, if you typically have 10 people waiting outside at any given time, you’ll want between 40 and 60 square feet of awning coverage.
  • Architectural Balance – While awnings are a great way to enhance your building’s entrance, you don’t want an awning to overshadow the architecture of your house of worship (or vice versa). This means you’ll need to find a good balance between the size of the awning and the size of the building.
  • Sun Angle and Exposure – If providing shade and sun protection is one of your primary concerns, you’ll need to think about the direction your building faces and how much sun exposure the entrance receives. This will help you determine exactly how much coverage is needed to offer adequate shade during the busiest (and brightest) times of day.
  • Local Building Codes – Naturally, you need to confirm that the entrance awning you have in mind works with the building codes in your area. The last thing you want is a brand-new awning that has to be removed or replaced because it violates local ordinances.

Duralux Architectural Awnings

Do you want a church entrance awning that will help welcome newcomers to your organization? Are you in need of an awning that complements the architecture of your house of worship? Finally, would you like to provide a more comfortable and secure experience for people coming to your religious services?

If so, Duralux has the knowledge and expertise to enhance the entrance of your building. We offer a wide range of sturdy materials and style templates to begin the design process. Once we know what you’re looking for, we can craft and install the perfect entrance awning to fit your needs and the needs of your organization.

Interested in designing an entrance awning for your house of worship? Reach out to the experts at Duralux today!