Awning Ideas / February 14, 2019 / Muriel Sargent
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.
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.
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.