Awning Ideas / February 20, 2019 / Gertrude Fisher
Retractable awnings allow you to have fun outside without getting burnt by the sun or overheating. They let you create a comfortable space outdoors to enjoy in the summertime. Patio awnings as well as those on porches and decks make it possible to eat a meal outdoors or sit in the shade where there would normally be none. Awnings keep you cool without having to spend a lot of money. In fact retractable awnings can actually save you money on energy costs by cooling your home. Because awnings block the sun s rays and cool your home you won t need the air conditioner as much and energy costs will go down. Plus you re helping out the environment. Retractable awnings also protect furniture and carpets from fading due to excessive sun exposure. Patio awnings protect windows and doors from weather damage and provide shelter and protection when you leave the house especially on rainy days. Stand under the patio awning while you open your umbrella or wait to be let into the house by someone inside.
But an addition that can be a real difference maker both in attractiveness and functionality is the porch awning. An awning for the porch can give you protection against harsh weather (independent of the season) help you save on heating and cooling all while adding an attractive feature to your home. A well-chosen and well-placed awning can make your porch a desired place to gather while offering in many cases an all-seasons shelter against the elements. There is no end to the variety of colors and styles of awnings and awning material with which you can dress up the porch. The strongest awnings are built by and large with a primarily metal structure. Aluminum seems to be the common metal of choice in most cases. Lightweight and sturdy the best of them are built to last a lifetime.
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.