Sign & Digital Graphics

September '19

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22 • September 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL Awning Materials The canopy primarily comes in corrugated metal and can- vas, followed by a vinyl-coated backlit material, which allows light to pass through to illuminate the graphics, says Mike Yopp, president of Z3 Graphics, Inc., an awning manufacturer with awning re-cover capabilities based in Greenville, South Carolina. Other common materials for the canopy include fabrics such as woven synthetic fabrics and flexible polyvinyl chloride composite textile as well as harder materials like galvanized steel, aluminum and solution-dyed acrylic. "Because fabric awnings have been around for hundreds of years, I would say that metal is growing in popularity," Douglas says. "They may look more industrial, but it seems to be growing." Metal, however, has some drawbacks, such as the cost, level of noise in heavy rain or hale, and need to be repainted, Douglas says. He also has seen gray marks on buildings where rain has hit the hardware or fasteners and run onto the canopy, as well as thermo bridging from the heat generated by the sun hitting the metal. Canopies typically come in two shapes, slant or flat, Yopp says. Slanted generally are three to five feet in height and slant off the side of the building two to five feet to form a triangular shape. The flat style is 10 to 12 inches in height and extends out from the wall three to five feet, held up by support arms. A Cooley-Brite product fea- tured onArooga's Grill House & Sports Bar awnings. Image courtesy of Cooley Group. An awning made with Herculite Natura featuring graphics for Buona. Image courtesy of Herculite Products. The Patio 500 awning material for a Tacoma tent for the Better Business Bureau. Image courtesy of Herculite Products.

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