Awning Ideas / February 21, 2019 / Claire Raymond
Many people that buy a motorized retractable awning want it because they can expand their outdoor living space with the touch of a button and many people put them over their windows for shade control and energy savings. Because the awning is retractable through a motorized unit it can easily be let out or put away with the touch of a button by a single person instead of several people working in coordination to manually open and close a non-motorized retractable awning over their patio. Of course some people love a motorized retractable awning because they don t want to permanently attach a non-retractable sun faded canvas awning that detracts from their home s exterior. The newer brands of motorized retractable awnings use strong waterproof woven acrylic that doesn t fade.
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 can help meld the two together into a coherent whole that wouldn t exist without the awning. Residential awnings come in many sizes styles and applications. Some awnings are designed to keep glare off of single windows while others extend for the length of the building. It s a good idea to match your awnings to the outdoor living areas that you plan to spend time in so as to provide adequate shelter for times of inclement weather. This means that it can also make sense to plan such things as decks and patios adjacent to your home alongside planning the awnings so that the two can be designed with each other in mind. Another important thing to bear in mind while looking for residential awnings is whether you will prefer a retractable awning or a fixed one.