How to Choose the Perfect Retractable Awning

March 14, 2017 - By 
Retractable Awning

Relaxing outside on your home’s patio or deck…

Whether it’s taking in a sunset or entertaining your family and friends, there’s no better way to spend a summer day or evening.

That is until the sun beats you down or the rain drives you back inside.

You’re then left to gaze longingly out the window, pining for the touch of a soothing summer breeze on your skin.

If only there was a way to extend the inside of your home outside.

Installing a retractable awning to your home’s exterior may be the solution you’ve been waiting for.

Benefits of a retractable awning

Adding a retractable awning to your home affords many benefits, including:

  • Ease of installation and use
  • Provides protection from harmful UV rays
  • Increases home equity
  • Creates comfortable space for enjoying the outdoors
  • Entertain guests rain or shine
  • Protects home interior and exterior

Whether you want to spend more time outside (comfortably) or add value to your home, installing a retractable awning is the best way to enhance your time spent on your deck or patio.

What will work best?

Before you run out to a box store like Home Depot, evaluate the outside of your home to determine what retractable awning system will suit your needs the best.

You’re making an addition to your home and it should be treated as an investment, not a new toy.

Examine the exterior for anything that may interfere with awning installation. Are there any structures like pipes or chimneys that will get in the way?

Also, remember that awnings are only able to extend out from your home’s exterior without installing additional supports.

Features to consider

Your awning doesn’t have to be fancy to enjoy the full benefits.

But if you want increased ease of use or increased protection from the elements, there are a variety of options available. Consider installing features such as:

  • Screens to provide shade from a rising or setting sun
  • Stabilizing bars to create more headroom and a sturdier structure
  • Fabric enclosures to protect awning fabric while retracted
  • Motorized and remote controlled systems for increased ease of use
  • Fabric options to customize and accent the color of your home
  • Sun sensors to adjust light and temperature requirements set by user
  • Wind sensors to protect the awning from damaging high winds

Additional features will not only impress your guests. Increased ease of use will ensure worry-free operation, as well.

Furthermore, add-ons such as sun and wind sensors can be integrated into your home’s existing automation systems.

Controls and accessories

For extended home protection and usability, consider installing the following controls and accessories:

  • Infrared heaters
    • Outdoor heater bars allows for more time enjoying your awning
  • Control switches
    • Extend or retract your motorized awning from inside or outside
  • Wireless switches
    • Allows for remote operation from a distance
  • Battery backup
    • Provides further protection from severe weather and power outages
  • UV ray and rain protection
    • Long-lasting awning fabrics designed to withstand harsh weather

Now that you’ve explored the different options available, it’s time to evaluate the retractable awning that is best suited for your home and your needs.

Share your project ideas with a local product specialist to help determine which retractable awning system is the best fit your home.

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