Building awnings and canopies are typically mounted over windows, doorways, and walkways to provide shade. In warm climates, awnings can save significantly on air-conditioning costs for a building. They are also used as decorative elements and can be very effective in sprucing up an older building. Where allowed by code, awnings can also be an effective advertising medium, since it is relatively inexpensive to print simple graphics and text on the fabric material.
Awnings and canopies are typically constructed using a metal frame, over which a fabric or vinyl covering is applied, but can also be constructed using other materials, such as steel or aluminum, with an unlimited variety of designs. CNP provides awnings and canopies for several national accounts.