Canopy Awnings are retractable, economical, and a great addition to the exterior of your home! Canopy awnings provide comfort from the hot sun and protection from pouring rain. Shielding the house entrance, decks, and patios from harsh conditions makes your home more attractive to buyers, should you decide to sell your home someday.
As stated above, canopy awnings are generally retractable, allowing the owner to extend the shade during the summer and adjust it in the winter time. This may not make sense for a house entrance, but for the deck, it’s ideal. The shade opens the great outdoors to those that stay indoors due to the heat and sunlight.
Using a canopy awning is very economical. They lower summer cooling costs, leaving you with money to spend on things you truly want to spend money on. When you use it, you spend less on air conditioning. They also lower summer heat on windows, lessening heat the most on eastern and western facing windows.
If you’re an indoors person, canopy awnings have benefits for you too! They reduce sunlight, and therefore reduce the glare that falls upon computer monitors and television sets. The use of canopy awnings over windows helps lower air conditioning bills for the interior of the house as well, as they will reduce the amount of sunlight (and heat) that flows through the window.
Installing canopy awnings over your doors and windows also help protect the interior of your home by reducing the amount of sunlight that touches your furniture. Exposure to sunlight causes the fabric on the furniture to fade, reducing the value of your furniture. In addition, exposure to sunlight increases the heat that the furniture absorbs into its seats and cushions, making seating uncomfortable during the summer months.
Like other consumer products, homeowners have a good deal of choice when it comes to their canopy awning. They are generally made with either outdoor fabric or aluminum. Aluminum canopy awnings are great because they are sturdy and do not require a lot of maintenance. However, they do not range very well when it comes to shape and color. Yet if the canopy awning is made from fabric, it requires a lot more care and higher maintenance, but more colors and shapes are available to the consumer. On the positive side, canopy awnings that are made from fabric come in a wider range of colors and shapes.
When purchasing a canopy awning, one must prioritize their wants. If you prefer a large awning to maximize protection and coverage, you may have to sacrifice some of your choice as far as the decorative quality. But if utility is your topmost priority, then by all means buy a larger canopy awning.