Awnings are an economical and efficient way to shade a deck or
patio from the hot glaring sun or cold winds and rain. The
great thing about choosing an awning is that you could go with a
design whereby the awning is out all the time or if you prefer a
retractable awning that can be pulled back when you want to
enjoy sunlight and open air. As you will discover in this
article, there are many reasons why you should buy an awning.
To get you started, we will provide you with the top five!
Design and Adaptability
One of the greatest benefits of both the standard and
retractable awning is that they can enhance the design of any
architectural building. In other words, when choosing an awning
for your home, no matter what the structure design, the awning
will add curb appeal. Because of this, you enjoy the
functionality as well as the adaptability of the awning.
Standard awnings have been used for centuries for their beauty
and functionality, offering endless possibilities for enhancing
any structure and décor. However, in recent years, the
retractable awning was developed only further adding shape,
dimension, and color, thus producing style and character that
can actually increase the value of a home.
Another benefit of the awning is that with such a wide selection
of shapes, sizes, and colors, they can be used in the front or
the rear of the home. With this, you can emphasize a unique
architectural feature or improve the overall appearance of the
home simply by choosing an innovative design.
For instance, if the front of your home lacks drama, you can
make an impact simply by adding a standard or retractable
awning. On the other hand, if your home is already
architecturally sound, then you could use retractable awning or
a subtle color to soften the entrance. Because of such a great
selection, you can dramatically change the appearance of your
home, both front and back.
If you have a home that receives the hot afternoon sun, or
perhaps is not protected from harsh winter elements, then you
are paying too much on your energy bill. Using an awning is an
excellent way to maintain inside temperature. When you consider
that 20% of the work performed by an air conditioning unit is
due to solar radiation through windows, you can see how an
awning would benefit. In fact, studies have been performed on
both standard and retractable awnings showing that as much as
77% of heat gain within the home can be reduced by using an
Extended Living Space
By adding an awning over a deck, patio, pool area, carport, or
grilling area, you can actually extend your living space. For
instance, if you love to have family and friends over on the
weekend for barbecues but because of the hot sun, the party ends
up in the house, crowded and uncomfortable, then an awning
provides additional space where people can mingle and eat
without feeling the intensity of the sun.
Wood and Siding Protection
When a home’s exterior, whether wood or vinyl siding, is
constantly exposed to the sun, it will begin to fade and wear.
Again, if you have an area on the front or backside of your home
that is in direct sunlight, an awning would protect the home
from damage. In this case, a retractable awning would be an
excellent choice, using it during the heat of the day and
closing it up in the cooler hours.
Just as an awning will protect the exterior of your home from
the sun, it is also beneficial against hail, wind, snow, and
rain. Then, if you have outside furniture that is also exposed,
it too would be protected.