Awning Ideas / February 12, 2019 / Jackie Miranda
The great thing about retractable awnings is that you can have them custom made to fit anywhere inside or outside your home no matter what the window or deck size. Patio awnings as well as other types come in a wide range of colors too. It s easy to match them to your home. And if you purchase a retractable awning for a window or deck you won t have to manually put up and take down the awning every time you go to use it. Awnings can be made of a wide variety of different materials. They are made of canvas aluminum and other materials. Aluminum awnings have different benefits and drawbacks compared to canvas awnings - it depends on what you want to use the awning for. Awnings were quite popular in the 1920s but have been enjoying a comeback in recent years especially because of the high costs of air conditioning. Awnings used to be on every window and porch to keep homes cool before air conditioning was ever invented.
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.
Inquire as to the wind resistance of an awning that you are contemplating buying. What kind of load can the awning support? Do you want something permanent? Would you prefer a retractable awning? The answers to these and many other questions will depend on the kind of weather that is typical of where you live and what kind of budget you have established for just such an expense. A very popular choice and one that can spur on ideas of your one are the Alumawood Awnings. Check out some of the examples on the internet to make proper comparisons. It is quite possible that you are enamored with the more traditional canvas awning look. Most of the manufacturers of this type of awning have been able to integrate a practically unlimited number of colors and designs for your porch.