How to Choose Awnings
When shopping for awnings for your home, there are few decisions you should make before you head to the store. First, decide whether you want the convenience of retractable awnings or if permanent porch awnings are more your style. You can choose retractable or permanent window awnings as well. Bear in mind that window awnings cover a great deal of the window in most cases and will be blocking the sun when you might not want it blocked if you choose the permanent style. Once you’ve decided on permanent or retractable, you’ll only need to decide on things like style, size and color.
Benefits of a Retractable Sun Canopy
A sun canopy over your porch or just in front of your home that is retractable can be a great addition. If you choose this type of protection over something that’s permanent then your next choice is to decide whether you want something automatic or one you can crank down manually. As long as you choose a good brand, even the manual awnings will be easy to operate. Automatic, however, is always easier. The biggest decision you have to make here is how much you want to spend because the more automated it is, the more it’s going to cost.
Window awnings are a different story and generally have to be manually lowered and raised. You still might find this is well worth your time because you can lower your cooling bills in the summer and your heating bills in the winter by either blocking sun and heat or allowing more of it into your home through your windows.
Shade Sails and Other Options for Style
If you’re looking for a way to block the sun a little bit without the look of an awning hanging off the edge of your home, look into Shade Sails. These are stylish looking additions to your home that can attach to virtually anything including trees that will allow you to shade just about any area on your property. Typically triangular-shaped, they look more like sailboat sails than typical awnings.
You can also opt for something like a pop up gazebo if you don’t want to install an awning or you want to create shade further out into your yard. These are relatively inexpensive and can be put up or taken down in a short amount of time. Another great option to use anywhere you don’t want a patio table with a patio umbrella is an offset umbrella. Offset umbrellas stand alone without a table but don’t have to sit in the middle of those who want shade. They can stand to the side because the umbrella is offset and leans over to provide shade.