Awning Ideas / February 28, 2019 / Susanne Dejesus
By controlling sunlight you ll find yourself getting more use out of the amenities and spaces you already own: poolside deck balcony patio; grill gazebo outdoor bar hot tub. But there s more. Awnings act as an extension of your home adding square footage to your home or commercial building. They allow you to expand the look and feel of your interior into the outdoors serving as an architectural addition but without the typical costs. No contractor or expensive installation is required. In the residential setting this results in outdoor space for entertaining relaxing and eating. In the business setting it means additional room to seat patrons serve customers or hold meetings. In both cases the "outdoor rooms" end up adding value to the business or home. On top of this awnings result in direct energy savings. Installed strategically they make the inside of a building up to 15 degrees cooler cutting direct sunlight and shading windows.
Retractable awnings allow you to have fun outside without getting burnt by the sun or overheating. They let you create a comfortable space outdoors to enjoy in the summertime. Patio awnings as well as those on porches and decks make it possible to eat a meal outdoors or sit in the shade where there would normally be none. Awnings keep you cool without having to spend a lot of money. In fact retractable awnings can actually save you money on energy costs by cooling your home. Because awnings block the sun s rays and cool your home you won t need the air conditioner as much and energy costs will go down. Plus you re helping out the environment. Retractable awnings also protect furniture and carpets from fading due to excessive sun exposure. Patio awnings protect windows and doors from weather damage and provide shelter and protection when you leave the house especially on rainy days. Stand under the patio awning while you open your umbrella or wait to be let into the house by someone inside.
This can help meld the two together into a coherent whole that wouldn t exist without the awning. Residential awnings come in many sizes styles and applications. Some awnings are designed to keep glare off of single windows while others extend for the length of the building. It s a good idea to match your awnings to the outdoor living areas that you plan to spend time in so as to provide adequate shelter for times of inclement weather. This means that it can also make sense to plan such things as decks and patios adjacent to your home alongside planning the awnings so that the two can be designed with each other in mind. Another important thing to bear in mind while looking for residential awnings is whether you will prefer a retractable awning or a fixed one.