Awning Ideas / February 16, 2019 / Irma Logan
Awnings don t require poles (which would clutter the view) since they are attached with spring-loaded mounts. The "retractable" type of awnings differ from basic immobile awnings in that they last longer (can be rolled up in damaging weather) and allow a space to be used in a variety of ways--both drinks in the shade and stargazing for example. On the large end of the spectrum awnings today can be upwards of 30 feet in width and around 14 feet in depth. They are controlled automatically via weather sensors or a remote control button or by hand using a manual crank. Either way these awnings can be unfurled or retracted in less than a minute. What are the practical implications of this? When you want to cool an area down like a concrete poolside or overheated deck shade is just seconds away.
If you do go for a retractable awning which is generally a good idea in climates which tend to vary between extremes there are further choices. Manual retractable awnings are those which you roll or fold up yourself. Motorized versions have a small electric motor that will do the job with a touch of a button. While motorized awnings seem to offer less work it doesn t always work out that way. Installation is more difficult due to wiring concerns so if you re doing the work yourself it will increase the time it takes you to install the awning. Also with more moving parts the odds of having to perform maintenance and repairs is much greater. Still if you take good care of your awning with preventive maintenance a motorized awning can be a great investment.
At the same time you also need to concentrate on the style pattern and color of the awning fabric to ensure that the features complement the exterior style and decor of your home. Based on your choice you can buy the awnings in a variety of colors. But you must remember that each color has its own meaning and significance. Also you need to choose an awning color that perfectly complements the color of your home exterior. Red: You have option to choose from several shades of red awnings. Also most shades can match the yellow white and tan exterior paints. You can further enhance the appeal of your home exterior by combining the right shade of blue paint and red awnings. However if the exterior paint has green pigments you have to exercise care while choosing the red awnings.