It feels like it’s already been a long summer, and we are just getting into July! But that may be because we have all been at home since March due to the restrictions required by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, that means more time to enjoy your private, outdoor space at home. Now that we have more sunshine, those outside ventures might have you seeking shade and cooler temperatures. Now is the perfect time to start looking at those retractable awnings for your home.
What is an awning?
An awning is an overhead canopy made of fabric, supported by a sturdy metal frame attached to your home. The awning extends from your home over the area you want to shade, allowing you to provide overhead covering to a patio, deck, or balcony. What’s particularly useful about a retractable unit is that it can be pulled back when not in use and folds up compactly against your home to stay out of the way.
What factors should you consider when purchasing an awning?
The first step is to determine the exact area or outdoor space you are looking to shade. Awnings come in many sizes and can be customized to fit your exact space, so you will need to know how large an awning will you require, including width and projection. They can also be affixed to your home in multiple ways, such as to the roof, soffit, or a wall. The most fun part of these decisions, and probably the most challenging, will be what color or pattern you desire. With over 120 different fabric colors, we will make sure you get the perfect awning design for your home. And if your decorative taste ever changes, you can replace the fabric with a different pattern.
Stationary vs. Retractable Awnings
A stationary awning would stay extended permanently. It is an excellent option if you spend a lot of time outdoors, and your space allows for it. A retractable unit will enable the awning to fold up and move out of the way. Nothing could be more convenient than simply flipping a switch and watching your awning roll out. A retractable can also be stopped in any position, controlled by a wall-mounted switch or a hand-held remote. Research has shown that a motorized awning is used four times as much as a manual unit.
Sitting cool in the shade
With your new awning, let the sun shine down because you can enjoy a shady lounge chair where the sun won’t melt the ice in your glass of lemonade. With more time being spent at home now, consider installing a retractable awning to your home. It will provide you with more comfort outdoors during the hot summer months.
Visit joewilde.com to see our photo gallery of awnings and begin creating a vision for your outdoor space. And to get more information about awnings, check out our page of Frequently Asked Questions at https://www.joewilde.com/service-repair/frequently-asked-questions/.