The best choice for a front door awning depends on your style, ease of installation and maintenance. Metal awnings are very durable due to their weight. Also, because they are heavy, they are more difficult to install. The good thing about metal awnings is they are easy to clean with a water hose. If you are looking for an decorative awning, then you will want to go for a canvas awning. Unlike metal awnings, they are available in an array of colors and patterns. Maintenance is more involved with canvas, as it has to be cleaned on a regular basis to remove dirt and stains.