Porch awnings can add an extra room to your home. One way to better utilize your porch, deck or patio is to add an awning. They can keep the weather out protecting your outdoor kitchen, wicker furniture and outdoor cushions. They are also great for reducing energy costs. Listed below are some awning options for you to consider.
Retractable awnings are more expensive but much more versatile than fixed awnings. The area covered can be up to 12 or 14 feet from the wall. Their retractable system can be operated by hand or by an electric motor. These types of awnings are very useful for stormy areas, which experience high winds, as they can be neatly rolled back during dangerous weather. Once rolled back it is almost impossible for them to be damaged by high winds.
A motorized system, with a remote, allows you to easily open or close your patio cover from inside your house. These are so easy to use even a child can retract the awning before bad weather comes. They can also be much easier for the elderly to operate. Some more high-tech models come with an automatic wind sensor, which will close the awning by itself as the wind picks up.
A retractable awning will allow you to take full advantage of the sun in winter. On sunny days they can be closed letting the sun’s rays naturally heat your house, as well as anyone relaxing on the patio. During hot summer days, they can be open, creating shade and a cooling effect for the house, and the people using the porch. This can help with reducing energy costs.
Dyed acrylic fabrics are the most popular material used for retractable awnings. These fabrics are very durable materials, which are specially engineered to resist fading and cracking from exposure to the sun, rain, and humidity. They can be used for many years while retaining their original beauty.
Fixed Patio Covers
Fixed Patio Covers are normally less expensive. They can be made to fit any shaped porch, patio or deck. They can also have outdoor curtains or mosquito curtains fixed to them for extra protection from the elements and unwanted pests. Mosquito curtains are a more attractive option than a screened porch. They are easily lowered, creating a curtain effect, which looks more attractive than permanent screens. Outdoor curtains can add beauty to your porch. They move with the breeze while giving extra shade and privacy at the same time.
There are other more permanent porch enclosure options such as retractable sides. These can virtually add an extra room to your home creating extra space and added value to your property. These sides can be easily opened or closed depending on the weather.
Aluminum is the most popular material for fixed awnings, as it will last for years with very little maintenance. A combination of aluminum roofing with insulation will provide protection from the sun in very hot climates, keeping the deck or patio usable all year round.
Patio covers can add extra value to a house for a very small investment. They will also protect you outdoor furniture and kitchens from the elements. An awning will make your valuable outdoor area usable all year round.