Awning Ideas / February 15, 2019 / Candy Calderon
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.
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.
Unlike other permanent awnings you don t have to worry about the weight of snow buildup and you can take them down in the winter or leave them up all year. The retractable awnings give you the option to get sun on some days be shaded on extremely hot days or still be able to have a barbeque in a rain storm. Awnings are a great way to cut energy costs and many find the additional window shades can cut their utility bills substantially. Some motorized retractable awnings such as the SunSetter Screen Room allow you to add insect-screened protection to your deck or patio so you can use your outdoor room any time. Of course SunSetter is a leading brand of motorized retractable awnings and the offer Free Awning Idea Kits and a DVD. They have a variety of EasyShades Window Awnings and Patio or Deck awning options.