Awning Ideas / February 25, 2019 / Agnes Livingston
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.
This will give you a minimalist feel on your window and is a unique design that you can get. In terms of fabric color you can choose the colors that you prefer and match it with your home design. 2. Mold and mildew resistant. These problems are the main enemies of awnings. Microscopically speaking mold and mildew are plant-like organisms with roots so it can penetrate on the awning and make it tear easily as time goes by. The good news is that there are now lots of canvas window awnings that are resistant to these organisms. They are made to repel water or moist which is the favorite breeding ground of these organisms from affecting the fabric to prevent their growth. 3. Resistant to fading. Fading is also another problem of people since these awnings are exposed to both sun and rain.
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.