Awnings and Canopies are very useful for protection from the elements while advertising an organization. Awnings will protect the front of a building from rain and sun providing considerable savings in cooling and water damage. An Awning can be gently illuminated to provide lighting over sidewalks and doors. They can be lettered to provide identification and advertising. Awnings are used to cover store fronts that were damaged by previous tenants. Often it is easier to get a permit for an awning than for a sign.