Awnings

Inviting and functional, an attractive and well-constructed awning can be the the finishing touch on a building. AI has a long history with fabricating all types of awnings and will find the most cost-effective way to add this element to your customer’s project.

See below for

  • Awning Types and Styles
  • Awning Manufacturing
  • Awning Lighting
  • Awning Fabrics
  • Awning Graphics

 

Contact AI Innovations to learn more or discuss your Awning project.

 


 
 

Awning Types & Styles

We fabricate awnings in a wide variety of styles including Quarter Barrel Awnings, Slant Awnings, Gable Marquee Awnings, Waterfall Awnings, Shed Awnings, Marquee Awnings, Radius Ended Waterfall Awnings, Hip Ended Shed Awnings, Dome Awnings, and Dome Awnings with Sign Panels. You can create a unique design to meet your site requirements and architectural style. 



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Awning Manufacturing

AI Innovations employs a highly trained staff using the latest technologies to produce a consistent grade of superior products. Work done in our fabrics department, electrical area, graphics section, and frame division is unsurpassed in the marketplace.

Quality Control

Production teams work under an incentive-based quality control mandate that minimizes errors and intercepts mistakes before they leave our doors. Quality control isn't at the end of the line. It's up and down the line, integral to every stage and every step.

Fabric Production

Our sewing department is well equipped with the latest technologies in fabric production. AI can offer many different techniques and styles to complete your job. Each job is cut and sewn to job specifications. Chose from custom sewing or use newest method of heat seaming.

Frame Construction

AI Innovations uses 0.10" aluminum extrusion to form its awnings. It's stronger and more durable than the 0.0625" extrusion used by other awning makers, light in weight and easy to handle. All welds are ground to eliminate sharp edges that could tear the fabric. Chrome aluminum aerosol is used to coat the weld and conceal any black carbon residue.

Optional Painted Finish

The aluminum frames can be painted for color matching or coordination with awning fabrics and existing building motif. AI Innovations uses the Matthews Painting System and can be matched to several popular paint brands or PMS numbers.

Fabric-to-Frame Attachment

AI Innovations utilizes a staple-in system for attaching the fabric to the frame for a tighter fit to the frame than other attachment methods. The awning fabric is stretched onto its frame and stapled into a staple-groove formed in the frame extrusion. Next, PVC trim is wedged into the staple groove-concealing the staples while creating a sharp, clean-line appearance. Tighter fit means better durability since the fabric can't buffet again the frame in high winds. Your awnings last longer and stay looking great.

Awning Lighting

AI Innovations gives you two ways to illuminate awnings. Choose durable integrated backlit configurations or external gooseneck fixtures.                          

Backlighting

AI Innovations installs double-lamp high output fixtures with daylight lamps in all backlit awnings. The lighting is highly durable and much brighter than cool white lamps ensuring maximum illumination, recognition, and impact.

Gooseneck Lighting

Standard awnings can be economically illuminated using AI Innovations' gooseneck fixtures. Each fixture is custom-fabricated to accept standard incandescent, compact fluorescent lamps, halogen, or chose metal halide for optimal lumen output with minimal energy use. AI's gooseneck lighting is available in a wide variety of colors with powder-coated finishes that stand up and stand out.

Awning Fabrics

Fabric awnings are the most practical and economic way to improve appearance and elevate your customers' curb appeal. You are now providing signage with dimensional impact and practical purpose like shelter and protection from the weather. Fabric awnings are available in a wide variety of opaque and backlit fabrics.

OPAQUE fabric

Sometimes the projects calls for a classic approach. Whether it is lit with gooseneck lighting or with no lights at all, an opaque awning can be just as impactful. Let our Sales Team show you how. Now that you have decided to have an Opaque Awning now choose a great opaque fabric.

BACKLIT fabric

Taking an awning and making your message or logo illuminate on the face of your awning is the eye-catching awning your customer needs. Let your Awning be seen at night as well as the daytime. Now that you have decided to have a Backlit Awning now choose between ERADICABLE and NON-ERADICABLE. 

Awning Graphics

AI Innovations excels in awning graphic design and awning application. Different processes are used to apply graphics, depending on the awning material. For backlit awnings, an Eradication process is used that involves reverse-masking of areas where graphics will be positioned. An eradication fluid removes the color from the fabric on those areas--allowing the eradicated letter and/or graphic to illuminate when backlit. For graphics on acrylic fabrics, AI utilizes heat- transfer to place vinyl graphics directly onto the fabric. Heat-transferred graphics are superior to painted-on graphics because they have cleaner edges and sharper lines. Graphics will also be fade resistant and promise greater durability. See below for explanations and typical applications of AI's awning graphics processes.

Heat Transfer Vinyl

For use on awnings, canopies, and fabric banners where crisp graphics on non-backlit fabrics are specified, heat transfer vinyl graphics are available in any adhesive vinyl color. Computer-cut vinyl material is heat-bonded to the substrate fabric. These graphics works well on woven acrylic fabrics such as Sunbrella.

Adhesive Vinyl

For backlit awnings, canopies, and fabric banners where dark color graphics are required on a light color background, adhesive vinyl provides an economical alternative to the eradication process. Used on translucent vinyl fabrics by applying computer-cut translucent vinyl film directly to the fabric surface. Colors choices are limited.

Eradicated

Typically used on backlit awnings, canopies, and flexible sign faces where white graphics are used on a single color background. Translucent eradicable vinyl fabrics are used and the graphics created by chemically eradicating the color surface using a computer-cut stencil mask to reveal the white substrate.

Vinyl Overlay

Same as eradicated graphics, except one color may be used on a different color background instead of white only. Translucent eradicable vinyl fabrics are created by chemically eradicating the color surface using a computer-cut stencil mask to reveal the white substrate, then applying translucent vinyl film into the eradicated area displaying the specified color.

Inset Digital Print Eradicated

Similar to vinyl overlay, except full-color inset graphics may be used on a color background. Translucent eradicable vinyl fabrics are used and the graphics created by chemically eradicating the color surface using a computer-cut stencil mask to reveal the white substrate, then applying a digitally printed translucent vinyl film into the eradicated area for full color graphics.

Digitally Printed

Great for backlit awnings, canopies, and flexible sign faces where full-color graphics or photographic images are desired. These can be used on a wide variety of vinyl fabrics and are created by printing digital images directly to the fabric substrate. A clear laminate film is available for UV protection (exterior only).

 
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