Would You Keep the Awning or Get Rid of It?

by Prince Of Petworth December 1, 2013 at 10:05 pm 32 Comments


This is the first house I’ve seen getting a gut renovation where the developers keep they awning. It used to have hot pink sections and as you can see they painted the whole awning white which I think looks a bit better. But to be honest I’m wondering why they decided to keep it. If you were buying a newly renovated house would you want them to keep the awning or get rid of it?



  • Rich

    It’s odd and it probably makes things dark, but depending on where the house faces, it might keep the a/c bills down. A fabric one would be more classy. I wonder if they simply could’t get it off with causing damage.

  • saf

    Keep them.

    When we bought our house, it had awnings. I hated them. But we kept them to see if we liked them.

    We still have them, all these years later. I would replace them if they broke. I love them. They make the porch SO much more useable. They help keep things shaded in summer. They are wonderful, even though they are still really ugly.

  • Anon

    My husband and I go rid of ours — it really really brings it a lot more light, however as pointed out, it makes the porch warmer. I looks like your windows have been replaced, but if they haven’t, I would not remove it you didn’t have energy efficient windows.

    To what Rich said — yes, they can get off without doing damage.

    It would be nice to have both worlds.
    Anyways, we able to recycle ours along with frame, and we got somewhere around ~$100-150

    • Anonymous

      There are retractable awnings (best of both worlds?).

    • lmfb

      How did you recycle them? I’m closing on a house where I intend to do a few renovations, and am wondering how to recycle replaced and removed things so as to not be so wasty.

  • I despise them. I would remove it, no questions asked.

  • julia

    I love the awnings. They keep the porch nice and cool and lower the a/c bill. People forget that awnings have a real purpose and remove them b/c they are “ugly”. I think they look wonderful. They remind me of the old days when everyone was out on the porch all summer. Now we just sit inside and blast the a/c.

    • Some of us (from the South) love the heat. That’s what shorts are for.

      • Anonymous

        And many of us from the north don’t particularly fancy being all sweaty and smelly in the summertime :-)

  • Anon

    Best (and funniest) advice I heard from my agent: WINDOW TREATMENTS BELONG INSIDE THE HOUSE.

    Lose the awnings people. Half of the existing awnings are in disrepair anyway.

    • anon

      window treatments aren’t going to keep your porch cooler

  • spookiness

    It depends on your house orientation. They do serve a useful purpose.
    My house gets intense AM and daytime sun and I often wish I had them.
    I ended up using removable window tint on my storm windows on the upper level.

  • Park View

    Taking the aluminum awning along with the chain link fence to the scrap yard is a easy call. The fact that both were left up suggests to me that either the developers were running out of time and money or that perhaps they have the design tastes of 80 year old women (I see no sign of artificial turf on the porch though). In either case, I’d be afraid to the what they did to the inside.

    • Anonymous

      LOL – you nailed it with the chain link fence. Hopefully they plan to remove/replace that at the end of the reno job. As for the awnings, I’d definitely remove them. They combine with the white-painted railings and the patterned cinderblock below to make for a cheap, tacky look.

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  • Anonymous

    I think I’d replace it with something that looked nicer, perhaps something retractable.

  • Curious Tourist

    This thread reminded me how much I loved growing up in a neighborhood that included families with children, and elderly residents who spent tmi with each other and with their neighbors as we lived on our porches and in our communities – instead of just dashing from our cars to houses with tightly closed doors. If awnings are/were a part of that connectedness, and I think they might have been, I applaud their functionality, as well as their old-fashioned aesthetics. I like the cloth ones better – but they’re probably more expensive and likely need much more maintenance.
    I’d keep them, live with them for at least a year- to feel how they function, then decide how to replace them – if having them either helped with utility bills or increased the usability of the porches.

    • Curious Tourist

      That’s “time” not tmi (nice slip tho.)

  • Anonymous

    what i know from home ownership: if i were to buy this place there are probably many many other things i’d do before removing the awnings. and i’d definitely live in a place for a bit before doing big changes.

  • Anonymous

    This particular awning makes it look like the porch should also be covered in astro turf and somebody should be hanging out and smoking on the porch all day long. Lose it.

    • That astro turf stuff, ughhh.. I’m curious how / why that was ever a good idea.

  • Anonymous

    Metal awnings? Nicht, nicht.

  • JohnnyReb

    THIS metal awning is ugly, but so is the chain link fence, metal porch railings, window bars, and dead-white color on the brick.

    Canvas awnings can be attractive in the right setting, and they are historically accurate, people! And practical.

    • anon

      Canvas awnings are historically accurate and practical? If you say so, but they all deteriorated years ago.

  • Ekington Chick

    I pass this house every day and noticed the change to the awnings the other week (btw, the house faces SouthWest so does get quite a bit of sun). Personally I don’t like awnings, but I understand the need to keep things cool. The chain link fence on the other hand is a no-brainer and should be removed ASAP (maybe they’ll get around to it before the reno is finished).

  • anon

    I think it all comes down to whether you would rather look good or feel good.

  • Doc

    On a house with a southern exposure, it is probably worth it to keep them up. My house used to have them on the second floor (south facing) and without them it gets crazy hot up there (even with central AC)

  • Dear PoPville in the year 2030

    Where can I buy a vintage awning? A few of my neighbors have them, and they really add to the character of the neighborhood.

  • redraiderdc

    I think its interesting that there was a time when these metal awnings were both fashionable and functional. Now, so many people feel strongly about having them removed. I wonder when things shifted. Maybe central air? In some of the blocks by me in upper, upper, NW, it’s almost as if an awning salesperson went block by block at one time back in the day. So many Wardman’s with them still up.

  • TropicBird

    We have fugly metal awnings on our Petworth home. We thought we would remove them but they weren’t high on our fixer upper priority list. Several years later I can tell you there is a reason that 80-year-old couple that sold you your home put them in. They are super practical! They keep the sun, rain AND dripping snow/icicles off of the porch and windows and protect the integrity of the house. They really cut down on the heat on our east facing porch. We still have a back deck to enjoy if we want to shovel snow or get some sun.

  • Identified

    I would keep them – I like awnings on porches – keeps the rain/ snow off the porch.

    Then again, I would also keep the fence, as I prefer this type of fence when throwing a ball in the yard with my dog.


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