Reduce Energy Bills with a Metal or Steel Awning


Energy efficient steel awnings are not only a great way to add a fantastic look and feel to your residential or commercial property, they are also a great way to reduce your utility bill. Here in Austin, Texas; homebuilders and communities have been installing garage awnings and window awnings in a variety of shapes and sizes due to customer demand.

“People realize that steel awnings over their windows reduce the amount of heat transfer into their homes and help to cut down on energy use. We have been advocates of high-end residential and commercial energy efficient steel awnings for over 20 years, but they are just now becoming popular,” said Jacob Reinhauser, a US Green Building Council and LEED certified architect.

The energy efficient awnings assist in stopping the sun from beating down on your windows, thereby reducing heat transfer and thus assisting in cutting down on electric bills. During hot Austin, Texas summers of 95 degrees and more, the additional shade provided by these steel awnings on an average home with 300 square feet of window area can significantly help to make the home more comfortable.

Awning for Office building

Awning for Office building

One local Austinite recalled ordering a steel awning from Gonzales Ironworks because she liked the way it looked on her neighbor’s house, “the shade it provided my house was just a nice additional benefit.” Many residential and commercial property owners feel the same way, they are not just installing steel awnings on their buildings for the heat transfer reduction, they are doing it because they like the way it looks.

Most of the awnings are made in the USA from recycled aluminum or steel. These metal awnings can reduce heating and cooling costs by as much as 27%, simply because they add shade to the windows of the property and block the direct sunlight from getting into the house. Throughout Texas, summer temperatures can easily climb above 100 degrees, and property owners are looking for every bit of help they can get to reduce expenses and stay cool. Because these metal and steel awnings are aesthetically pleasing and help to keep the property energy efficient and help with keeping the heating and cooling bills down; they have become very popular. Most clients decide to install the metal awnings on the top of their windows, but many are also installing on the tops of their garages, as garages can get hot and the steel awnings can keep the garages cool during the summer.

Because these metal and steel awnings which are manufactured here in Austin, Texas are made from such sturdy material, they are naturally very low maintenance items. In addition to being low maintenance, the metal awnings also come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors and can be custom designed for your property throughout the Austin Texas area. Finally, companies like Gonzales Ironworks have been designing, manufacturing and installing metal, aluminum and steel awnings for over 51 years on both residential and commercial buildings.

The installation can be an easy first floor installation or it could be a difficult, fourth floor installation which requires scaffolds and numerous people. Either way, the addition of a metal or steel awning can significantly impact your bottom line and help to save you money during the hot Austin TX summers..