Understanding Your Awning Options

If you’re looking for a shade control device that will also provide curb appeal, an awning may be just the thing. An awning consists of canvas or another type of fabric stretched over a light frame that’s either attached to a structure or freestanding. Most awnings are installed over windows or doors to block unwanted sunlight, but they’re often installed over exterior patios and porches to provide shade as well. Businesses may also use awnings as decorative features that display their name or logo. Regardless of your particular needs, you can find an awning that makes your home or business more attractive and comfortable.

 

Awning Options

Fixed awnings provide shade but can’t be adjusted in any way. They’re typically attached to exterior walls and often used for decorative or signage purposes.

Retractable awnings allow you to control how much sun reaches your home or outdoor area. These awnings open easily using mechanical or manual cranks. Restaurants may install awnings to provide comfortable outdoor dining areas for customers. Homeowners can install them on their home exteriors to lower cooling costs and protect furnishings from fading, or they can install them outdoors to make their deck, patio, or poolside areas more comfortable.

This type of awning is more expensive and requires a solid surface for mounting, as they don’t have any vertical supports. They typically use retractable lateral arms for stability. This makes them very small and unobtrusive when not extended.

Manually retractable awnings require the user to physically open and close the awning shade. This is the most affordable type of retractable awning, as it’s simpler in design and construction than a motorized model. Manual awnings may also be easier to adapt to most outdoor areas.

Unlike manual retractable awnings, motorized retractable awnings open and close using a switch, button or remote control. An additional feature of these cutting-edge awnings is a wireless motion sensor, which signals the motor to retract when wind speeds become excessive. This can protect the awning from being damaged by inclement weather.

Some awnings come with additional accessories, such as valances for decorative purposes, screening to keep out insects and lighting for entertaining outdoors in the evening.

By considering the full spectrum of your options, you’ll be able to choose an awning that best fits your home and personal preferences.