Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Terminology Tuesday - Awning

(Note: I think it's important to know the terminology and words used when learning any new business including mobile home investing. I came up with 'Terminology Tuesday' as a way to go over the terminology used in the mobile home business. It's important to know the terminology when talking to people in the business so you're all on the same page).

According to Wikipedia:

"An awning or overhang is a secondary covering attached to the exterior wall of a building. It is typically composed of canvas woven of acrylic, cotton or polyester yarn, or vinyl laminated to polyester fabric that is stretched tightly over a light structure of aluminium, iron or steel, possibly wood or transparent material (used to cover solar thermal panels in the summer, but that must allow as much light as possible in the winter). The configuration of this structure is something of a truss, space frame or planar frame. Awnings are also often constructed of aluminium understucture with aluminium sheeting. These aluminium awnings are often used when a fabric awning is not a practical application where snow load as well as wind loads may be a factor."

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For a more specific definition as it relates to mobile homes, according to Shade Builder:

"The most popular material for mobile home awnings is aluminum. Aluminum type mobile home awnings are maintenance free and will stay an attractive addition to your home for many years. Much has been done in recent years to make aluminum awnings more attractive and stronger. When dealing with aluminum awnings make sure you deal with a qualified contractor or do some home work about live loads, snow loads and panel gauge. These are some of the terms that will determine the strength of the awning. This information is found on the ICC reports that all awning manufactures should have for there awnings. These reports are also required by cities and counties requesting permits."

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Here's a quick video tour of a mobile home - can you spot the awnings?

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Happy investing!

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