Awning Ideas / February 23, 2019 / Ina Hebert
But an addition that can be a real difference maker both in attractiveness and functionality is the porch awning. An awning for the porch can give you protection against harsh weather (independent of the season) help you save on heating and cooling all while adding an attractive feature to your home. A well-chosen and well-placed awning can make your porch a desired place to gather while offering in many cases an all-seasons shelter against the elements. There is no end to the variety of colors and styles of awnings and awning material with which you can dress up the porch. The strongest awnings are built by and large with a primarily metal structure. Aluminum seems to be the common metal of choice in most cases. Lightweight and sturdy the best of them are built to last a lifetime.
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 reduces glare by 94 percent and can cut utility bills by over 30 percent. So in the long run awnings pay for themselves. Many homeowners nowadays explore inexpensive ways to extend their living space. Instead of constructing permanent setups many people love to install residential awnings to keep their exterior living space shaded cool and comfortable. Also one can install a motorized retractable awning to enjoy the desired amount of sunlight and shade at a time. A homeowner also has options to choose from a variety of awnings to suit his specific needs. While evaluating awnings for homes it is important to concentrate on some key features. You have to choose the right fabric and frame to use the awning over a longer period of time.