Awning Ideas / February 18, 2019 / Nora Parker
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.
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.
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.