Awning Ideas / February 25, 2019 / Claire Raymond
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.
Many people that buy a motorized retractable awning want it because they can expand their outdoor living space with the touch of a button and many people put them over their windows for shade control and energy savings. Because the awning is retractable through a motorized unit it can easily be let out or put away with the touch of a button by a single person instead of several people working in coordination to manually open and close a non-motorized retractable awning over their patio. Of course some people love a motorized retractable awning because they don t want to permanently attach a non-retractable sun faded canvas awning that detracts from their home s exterior. The newer brands of motorized retractable awnings use strong waterproof woven acrylic that doesn t fade.
I usually suggest that pegging it down is a good idea as a gust of wind will pick the whole thing up and dump it on your vehicle. This often results in panel damage! 4WD Awnings are completely weather proof; I have had a puddle of water build up on our awning when it was raining severely and not a drop came through. Whether its a quick bite of lunch that you are after or you want to sleep under the awning they are a brilliant idea. You can get Awnings that pull out from the rear of the vehicle and awnings that will cover all 3 sides of the vehicle. Expect to pay a considerably higher amount for these but if they suit your purposes then that is great! Home awnings are perfect for a wide variety of uses on windows doors porches and decks.