My house needs new awnings. What would look good as a replacement?
June 10, 2014 10:54 AM   Subscribe

My house has front and back awnings, and they are torn, unravelling, and covered in lichen. I would like to get new ones, but I don't know what would look good color-wise. I also don't know whether I'd prefer metal or cloth. I do know that the back one should probably be metal, since the current one has a big rip where the cloth sagged when it was covered in snow, and then the door opened and ripped it. I am not the most color-coordinated. Should I go with a red/tan pattern similar to the house, or something that would stand out more?
posted by Slinga to Home & Garden (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Anybody with an opinion is going to need to see a photo of your house to make any kind of suggestion, I think.
posted by DarlingBri at 11:04 AM on June 10, 2014 [3 favorites]

Yeah, I meant to attach them, but then I didn't. Here are pictures of my house.
posted by Slinga at 11:18 AM on June 10, 2014

I would pick a metal awning the color of the darkest tan found in the brick. It'll last longer than fabric and blend in.
posted by cecic at 11:50 AM on June 10, 2014

I would choose metal in an instant. Cloth will just not weather as well and will start looking shabby before the material fails. And, I'd try to match either the brick color (first choice) or the roof color depending on what colors are available. A factory finish to the metal would be my preference as they can bake paint on for a far more durable result.
posted by quince at 11:53 AM on June 10, 2014

Metal over fabric for sure. As for color: I'd pick something as close to the reddish window trim as possible. Alternatively, I'd say a medium-to-dark forest-green. (And Quince is right: a factory paint choice is best for durability, even if it doesn't quite match the house's trim color.)
posted by easily confused at 11:57 AM on June 10, 2014

Dark red or dark brown metal awning. This sort of model is quite attractive!
posted by barnone at 12:03 PM on June 10, 2014 [1 favorite]

Here's a nice before & after shot of a brick house with a new metal awning (and other paint changes).
posted by barnone at 12:06 PM on June 10, 2014 [1 favorite]

Dark metal. I really like the shape of the one that barnone linked to!
posted by amaire at 2:34 PM on June 10, 2014

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