Awning Ideas / February 20, 2019 / Dominique Massey
Unlike other permanent awnings you don t have to worry about the weight of snow buildup and you can take them down in the winter or leave them up all year. The retractable awnings give you the option to get sun on some days be shaded on extremely hot days or still be able to have a barbeque in a rain storm. Awnings are a great way to cut energy costs and many find the additional window shades can cut their utility bills substantially. Some motorized retractable awnings such as the SunSetter Screen Room allow you to add insect-screened protection to your deck or patio so you can use your outdoor room any time. Of course SunSetter is a leading brand of motorized retractable awnings and the offer Free Awning Idea Kits and a DVD. They have a variety of EasyShades Window Awnings and Patio or Deck awning options.
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.
Likewise when rain disturbs your outdoor plans--there s no reason to run inside. If you want to tan in the direct sun or take advantage of some heat on a cold fall day the awning can be rolled up just as quickly. When stored retractable awnings take up about six inches of horizontal space on the side of a building. Installed at a downward angle they need to be attached at least seven and a half feet off the ground. All right we ve covered "What are they?" Now let s deal quickly with the benefits that awnings give home and business owners. What can retractable awnings do for you? Obviously they give you a way to control the elements and this is more than an aesthetic pleasure since it preserves furniture from bleaching and lowers utility bills.