Awning Ideas / February 21, 2019 / Charlene Kane
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.
Unlike other permanent awnings you don t have to worry about the weight of snow buildup and you can take them down in the winter or leave them up all year. The retractable awnings give you the option to get sun on some days be shaded on extremely hot days or still be able to have a barbeque in a rain storm. Awnings are a great way to cut energy costs and many find the additional window shades can cut their utility bills substantially. Some motorized retractable awnings such as the SunSetter Screen Room allow you to add insect-screened protection to your deck or patio so you can use your outdoor room any time. Of course SunSetter is a leading brand of motorized retractable awnings and the offer Free Awning Idea Kits and a DVD. They have a variety of EasyShades Window Awnings and Patio or Deck awning options.