Awning Ideas / February 14, 2019 / Gertrude Fisher
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.
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.
Take your time doing your awning research and you will be sure to find one that combines well with your home s existing design and color scheme. One of the things that you should insist on when shopping for a porch awning is some kind of solid guarantee that it will endure occasional harsh conditions. Manufactures will take different things into consideration in the construction of a n awning depending on the kind of weather that is typical in any given area of the country. Most companies that are worth consideration will stand behind their work. Do some additional research on any of the companies that you are considering to make sure that they are businesses in good standing. You might even investigate with the BBB to verify that no history of complaints exist against the manufacturer that you are considering.