Retractable deck awnings allow you to enjoy spending time on your patio or deck even when the weather doesn’t always want to cooperate.
No more cancelled cookouts because a Summer rain storm decided to blow in…
…or how about all those fast meals where you have to hurry to get the kids in out of the sun?
You can kiss all those problems good-bye with the simple addition of a new awning.
Advantages of Deck Awnings
Affordable – With increased competition comes more affordable choices for the consumer.
Easy to Install – Most name brand products can be assembled with just a few tools and a couple hours of work. Many manufacturers include a how-to DVD or video to make installation even easier.
However, if you are not the most handy DIY’r this may be one job you want to ask a knowledgeable buddy for help on.
Saves on Energy – The American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers estimate that a fabric patio or deck covering will reduce heat gain by 55-60% during the part of the day when the sun shines directly on southern facing windows and glass doors. For western exposure, the reduction in heat gain is estimated at 72-77%.
Plus, it is estimated they can reduce air conditioner use and ever important energy bills by 20-25%.
Rain Protection – Why should a little rain ruin your cookout? Cookouts can still be enjoyed under your temporary cover, plus a slow rain usually brings a cool breeze!
Available Types of Awnings
Manually Retractable Deck Awning – This is the most affordable type, offering you all the benefits of the higher end models with minimal problems. Just as the name suggests manually retractable models can be let it or out manually using a small hand crank.
This method is very efficient, takes only seconds, plus you don’t have to worry about repairs to an electrical motor in years to come.
Motorized Retractable Deck Awning – Motorized models are obviously your higher end models, offering you the luxury of merely pressing a button to extend or retract your temporary patio covering.
Most manufacturers offer an upgrade accessory in the form of a remote control, because after all, what man doesn’t like a remote control?
Screen Room – Some manufacturers offer a screen room as an accessory to their vinyl coverings. The screen room will simply attached to certain models offered by the manufacturer.
This feature allows you the comfort and enjoyment of a permanent screen room for a fraction of the cost. Plus, you get the added benefit of removing the screen at will, depending on your needs.
What to Look For In Awning Fabric
Here are a couple of factors to keep in mind no matter which awning fabric you choose:
Water Proof – If you are looking at vinyl, make sure to look for one that is water proof, not just water resistant or water repellant.
Blocks UVa and UVb rays – Some of the top manufacturers of vinyl coverings now boast 99.9% effective rating against both UVa and UVb rays.
Mildew Resistant – This feature will save you a lot of heart ache in the long run.
Easy to Clean – We all want something that requires little maintenance, but still looks good, right?
Learn more about what to look for in awning fabric.