As summer approaches we look to our backyards with wistful expressions as we watch the heat wave descend. And as summer holidays approach many of us hope to use the extra space outdoors, but wonder how to do so in an affordable and attractive manner.
There are several types of awning that will allow you to enjoy your backyard without being baked by the sun. These options include window awning, retractable awnings and the stand alone awnings. While the ones for the windows can be attractive they do nothing for the backyard itself. However the latter two options can not only add a little shade, but allow you to create an additional personal space with outdoor decorations such as wicker furniture and outdoor pillows.
Retractable awnings are the ones that most of us are familiar with through television commercials. These units are generally attached to the home and extend to cover a certain amount of space. The retractable systems generally work by allowing the awning to extend and retract over a cross section supported by rollers. This allows the system to work quickly and smoothly to cover a deck or patio with little to no effort on the part of the user.
The structures are generally made from three basic materials wood, vinyl and aluminum. The classic wood awning is made to extend from your own wooden structure. It is a great option to coordinate the look and style with that of your home. The aluminum option generally does not require any great carpentry skill to install as the supporting structure can be easily attached to an overhang on the home or the home itself. Now, if you would like the look of the wooden structure without the maintenance then you should choose vinyl. While it looks like it takes hours to back breaking labor, it’s virtually maintenance free.
The second types of awnings are the stand alone structures. These can be placed either next to the house or any stable place in your yard. While they are generally made of the same materials as the retractable structures they include several different coverage options.
One fabulous way to use the stand alone awning is as a covering for your walkway. Not only is this an attractive addition to your home, but it beats standing in the rain while you search for your house keys. This is not just for the front of your home; it can also be used to shade the walk through your garden. Another way to use your stand alone garden structure is to create a place to relax and enjoy company. Some stand alone awning to include a retractable feature, just in case you need a little more light than you thought.
Privacy screens and blinds can be added to ensure that your next trip to the Jacuzzi does not end with pictures from the paparazzi. Depending on your model the canopies can easily be rolled up and put away in case of inclement weather.
It is easy to see why garden awnings are such an attractive feature to one’s home. Easy to use and store, garden awnings can transform your deck or patio into a different world. Add in a few decorative compliments and you will no longer be a stranger in your own backyard.