Several different types of awnings are commonly available, including portable, fixed, and retractable designs. One important benefit of the latter is that they can fold up in winter, allowing the sun’s rays to penetrate through windows and glass doors, reducing energy usage by contributing to the temperature indoors.
Some retractable awnings are motorized and can be retracted or extended with the push of a button. Manual styles use a simple pulley-and-cord system. Most awnings have adjustable settings, so they can be opened partially, fully, or halfway.
Awnings can be enjoyably pleasing, especially as homeowners may choose among an array of fashionable fabrics and trendy patterns.
Most awning fabrics are treated with water-repellent, plus soil- and stain-resistant finishes. Some are treated with a flame retardant. Awning frames are typically constructed of either galvanized steel or aluminum.
If you are looking to cut down on air conditioning costs and beautify your home’s exterior, add an awning, to beat the heat!