Awning Ideas / February 19, 2019 / Gertrude Fisher
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.
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.
This can help meld the two together into a coherent whole that wouldn t exist without the awning. Residential awnings come in many sizes styles and applications. Some awnings are designed to keep glare off of single windows while others extend for the length of the building. It s a good idea to match your awnings to the outdoor living areas that you plan to spend time in so as to provide adequate shelter for times of inclement weather. This means that it can also make sense to plan such things as decks and patios adjacent to your home alongside planning the awnings so that the two can be designed with each other in mind. Another important thing to bear in mind while looking for residential awnings is whether you will prefer a retractable awning or a fixed one.