Awning Canopies / August 22, 2019 / Lucille Parsons
Most standard canopy opening and closing functions are done by a manual crank with a handle that fold away out of site. There are retractable awning operational options for larger or custom made awnings that include an electric open/close control with or without a remote and weather sensor awning opening when rain is detected. These options are costly but maybe offset by their ease of operation. Valances side curtains and screening are just a few of the accessories available for the retractable awning. The beautiful patio retractable awning offers many benefits to the home occupants including protection from inclement and rainy weather extends use of the patio/deck area blocks health damaging Ultra Violet rays controls amount of sunlight shields undesirable views and reflected glare reduces fading and discoloration of drapes carpet and paintings and can reduce sun exposed interior heat gain by 70% to cut your cooling bills to name a few.
Whether metal or aluminium vinyl or one of the dozen or so fabric types awnings have acquired a well-deserved niche among the different shades that most of us employ to complement our homes and places of business. Awnings are much more preferable to canopies and tents for instance when the area is against a structure or on the side of a building. This is because of two things: first having an awning is structurally more sound compared to a canopy because it is attached to the wall or a concrete structure; and second it only requires half the framing of a traditional canopy which saves space and eases installation. Fabric awnings in particular are superior to the other types depending on the environmental conditions in their area of use. Generally they are the most versatile type and can handle multiple situations.
Canopies are always movable and pieces of which needs to be assembled. Awnings on the other hand may or may not movable. Umbrellas are the handiest due to size. There may be exceptionally larger umbrellas but in general these are small. Buy or Build? When you want to purchase patio awnings consider quality budget and style. How it looks like makes all the difference. This rule applies especially when the awning is intended to be attached where it is most visible. Budget and quality should work hand in hand. Do not settle for the cheapest right away. Look for items with remarkable quality at affordable prices. When you plan to build one of your own there are do it yourself or DIY packages you can order. Instructions are provided for every step. Building the corner posts and stands are first in the list.