Awnings provide weather protection for customers, cover outdoor eating areas, and can enhance a building's energy efficiency. They can also enhance a building's appearance, cover unattractive alterations, and contribute to the streetscape.
Guidelines for Awnings
1. Awnings should be placed to enhance rather than obscure architectural elements. A curved archway, for example, should be fitted with a curved awning, if an awning is desired in that location.
2. Avoid metal awnings.
3. The size, type, and placement of awnings should not interfere with signs or distinctive architectural elements.
4. Coordinate colors and patterns with the color scheme of the building.
5. The awning valance may be used for a sign, where appropriate, although these should be professionally sewn or painted.
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