House awnings are becoming more popular among US homeowners as they realize the benefits these have.
An awning, usually placed over doors and windows, can protect a home from the scorching heat and help homeowners keep energy costs down while also helping to extend the life of furniture, carpeting, flooring and more.
Types of Awnings
There are a wide range of awnings available, made from different materials but the main types are:
Retractable awnings, as the name implies, retract against the building when they are not needed. These awnings are available as side or drop arm awnings, usually used for windows, and lateral arm awnings, used mainly for patios as they can extend out up to 18 feet.
Motorized Retractable Awnings
Motorized retractable awnings rely on an electric motor that is housed in the roller bar and can be retracted at the push of a button, which can be mounted on a wall or be a remote control. Modern motorized awnings also feature a wind sensor, allowing the awning to retract automatically if the wind speeds threaten its stability.
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Manual awnings are operated by hand and feature an additional set of arms for extra support. These arms can be propped up against the building, at an angle, or on the floor. They are usually preferred by homeowners living in windy areas due to the additional stability but also because of the lower cost.
Free standing awnings can be used in practically any locations including decks, by the pool, in the middle of the garden and basically anywhere you want a little protection from the scorching sun. The benefit of free-standing home awnings is that they don’t have to be installed on a wall and can also be moved, thus allowing for greater flexibility.
Awnings for Decks
Awnings for decks are generally lateral arm awnings, because they are designed to transfer the majority of their weight to the wall, allowing them to reach out as far as 18 feet and to be up to 30 feet long. This is achieved by fitting a torsion bar into the wall, which provides support for the tension arms and roller bar.
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Patio Awnings Covers
Patio awnings covers are available in a wide range of materials and colors. They can be made from different fabrics, aluminum as well as corrugated fiberglass and corrugated polycarbonate.
Popular Awning Brands
There are many brands of home awnings available but some of the most reputable include:
SunSetter awningsis the largest manufacturer of awnings in the United States, with more than half a million people enjoying the benefits of a SunSetter awning. With the high volume of awnings being sold, this allows the company to offer competitive prices, making their awnings some of the most cost-effective on the market. They have a wide range of products from motorized home awnings to free-standing awnings and everything in between.
Sunbrella awningshas been in business for more than half a century and have become the leader in top quality outdoor fabrics. With more than 140 styles and colors of fabrics available, they offer homeowners a unique opportunity to add a little style to their properties with home awnings that will also allow them to increase their living space by protecting their decks or patios.
Durasol awnings are some of the best on the market and with the company’s focus being on creating great products and ensuring customer satisfaction, you can’t go wrong with a Durasol awning. They have a wide range of home awnings available that feature warranties of up to 12 years, which is virtually unheard of in any industry.