Awnings can keep your house protected from the hot sun and the weather. But if you have never purchased them before, it can be an overwhelming task. There are several awning manufacturers to choose from. There are also several kinds of awnings. There are the fixed metal awnings and fixed canvas styles. They also have retractable awnings. Fixed awnings are permanent and are the least expensive. But they can also block the view. The retractable awnings are the most expensive, but they can be adjusted so they are not in use. Retractable awnings are a big investment. So, one thing to take into consideration when looking at awning manufacturers is your budget.