Awning Ideas / February 23, 2019 / Charlene Kane
By controlling sunlight you ll find yourself getting more use out of the amenities and spaces you already own: poolside deck balcony patio; grill gazebo outdoor bar hot tub. But there s more. Awnings act as an extension of your home adding square footage to your home or commercial building. They allow you to expand the look and feel of your interior into the outdoors serving as an architectural addition but without the typical costs. No contractor or expensive installation is required. In the residential setting this results in outdoor space for entertaining relaxing and eating. In the business setting it means additional room to seat patrons serve customers or hold meetings. In both cases the "outdoor rooms" end up adding value to the business or home. On top of this awnings result in direct energy savings. Installed strategically they make the inside of a building up to 15 degrees cooler cutting direct sunlight and shading windows.
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.
So often they become dirty. You can always restore the original look and feel of the awnings by cleaning them at least twice a year. It is also a good idea to take the awning down to easily clean the harder-to-reach areas. Brush the Dirt and Debris Off: The awning needs to be washed thoroughly using a solution. But you must use a brush to remove the loose dirt and debris. The brushing off will prevent the dirt from getting soaked into the awning fabric during the washing process. You can rub the areas of the fabric that are affected by dirt and debris using a broom or a soft cleaning brush available at the local janitorial supply shops. However you need to ensure that dirt is removed from the underneath and top of the awning. If you have not take the awning down use a ladder to brush off the hard-to-reach areas.