Eclipse Shading Systems partners with the National Park Service, Technical Preservation Services to educate the public on the use of awnings on historic buildings – repairing and replacing, to conserve energy and preserve history. The exterior of any building is exposed to the weather elements and over time, wind, rain, snow, sun, and pollution can do their fair share of damage. From ancient woven mats that could easily be destroyed by a sudden driven rain, to wooden awning frames attached to iron posts with heavy canvas or metal awning material, awnings saw little improvement in materials until the 1980’s when more durable frame construction and fabrics were developed. Even modern, more durable, weather resistant awning frames and materials need regular and proper maintenance.
When planning reconstruction and renovation of historic buildings, owners and historians work with engineers and architects to repair and in some cases, replace awnings with the purpose of conserving energy and preserving the historical integrity of the property. The team of qualified experts will take into account the age of the building, the climate, window size, type of glass and plan how to make the structure as energy efficient as possible. The Department of Energy sees the advantages of using awnings to conserve energy as a clear case. Awnings reduce heat gain up to 65% in south facing windows and 77% on eastern facing windows. Smaller air conditioning systems can carry the load because the stress is reduced with the addition of awnings, saving up to 25% on energy costs. With awnings, historic houses and business buildings conserve energy and benefit from glare reduction and reduced heat-gain while maintaining their historic appearance. The awning experts at Eclipse Shading Systems are dedicated to solar protection and provide the most modern, affordable, and durable frames and fabrics to conserve energy and preserve historic properties.
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