Awning Ideas / February 24, 2019 / Ina Hebert
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.
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.
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.