Awning Ideas / February 21, 2019 / Dominique Massey
Take your time doing your awning research and you will be sure to find one that combines well with your home s existing design and color scheme. One of the things that you should insist on when shopping for a porch awning is some kind of solid guarantee that it will endure occasional harsh conditions. Manufactures will take different things into consideration in the construction of a n awning depending on the kind of weather that is typical in any given area of the country. Most companies that are worth consideration will stand behind their work. Do some additional research on any of the companies that you are considering to make sure that they are businesses in good standing. You might even investigate with the BBB to verify that no history of complaints exist against the manufacturer that you are considering.
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.
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.