Is Your Patio Too Hot? Here Are Tips For Cooling It Down With An Awning

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An awning does much more than add a decorative touch to your home. By shielding your windows or patio doors from the sun, an awning can keep your home cooler and protect your furniture and carpet from UV ray damage. An awning also makes your patio much more comfortable on hot days, so you can enjoy the outdoors in comfort. This allows you to turn your patio into an outdoor space for dining and entertaining. The big decision you have to make is the type of awning you should buy. Here are some things to consider.

Retractable Or Not

Fixed awnings are less expensive, and for that reason, they have a lot of appeal. However, they can be damaged in bad storms, since you can't take them down quickly. Plus, there may be times when you'd rather not have the shade. That's why retractable awnings are a better choice if you want to spend the extra money. You can extend the awning when you want shade, and retract it when you want sun. You can also retract your awning when it rains or storms, so you don't have to worry about it being damaged.

Retractable awnings come in three types. They can be operated manually or electrically. In addition, higher end awnings are automatic. The manual versions are great if you want a retractable awning on a budget. If you prefer the convenience of pushing a button rather than turning a crank, then you should consider installing an electric awning. An automatic awning practically has a mind of its own. It opens when the sun shines and automatically closes when the sun goes down.

Fabric Choices

The choice of fabric is an important consideration because it affects the appearance of your home. Even if you choose a fixed metal awning, you have to pick a color scheme. However, if you choose an awning make of fabric, you need to select the fabric as well as the color. One thing to consider is a lighter color will reflect the sun and keep you cooler than a darker color.

The fabric you choose should be treated so it is waterproof and dries easily. You can choose vinyl, cotton, or a polyester blend. Vinyl sheds water best, so this might be a good choice if your area gets a lot of rain. A blend of cotton and polyester is very durable and may be the appearance you like best because of its texture.

Placement

While you may typically think of placing an awning over a patio, you can place smaller ones over your windows or your front door too. This adds an interesting visual contrast to your home, and you get the benefits of shade on your windows without having to close your curtains. Having an awning over your door is a great idea because it offers protection from rain when you unlock your door or just want to sit outside and get some fresh air.

Awnings are usually attached to an exterior wall, and you'll probably need to have yours professionally installed, especially if you choose an electric, retractable model. Investing in an awning pays off in a few ways. You should save money on your energy bill, thanks to the shade it provides. But the biggest benefit is being able to spend more time outdoors without wilting in the hot sun.

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