The growing demand for by home owners to improve their homes has seen a surge in the need for house awnings.
Depending on your budget, you can be able to purchase awnings at a cost that suits you. Manual awnings cost a lot less than motorized ones but nevertheless do enhance the look of your home just as beautifully. There are two kinds or awnings; fixed and retractable.
Before selecting a fixed manual awning, consider the fact that a fixed manual is not movable and may require a permit for you to construct it in your yard. Your fixed manual awning will require poles to support it. These can easily block your view of certain areas in your home. Retractable awnings on the other hand, allow you the choice of putting them only when you need them.
Manually operated awnings come with a hand operated crank which you manually wind in order to extend your awning open, the wind it again to close it. This is an easy task that only takes a few seconds.
However, if you intend to use your outdoor spaces more often, you may find the cranking work involved in a manual awning to be tiresome. Before buying a manual awning, first weigh the advantages of getting a motorized retractable awning against the extra cost. You might find that a motorized awning to be the better one for you in the long run.
Caring for Your Awning
Majority of house awning fabrics are made from polyester, cotton, or acrylic. They come in numerous colors which are resistant to fading caused by the effects of the sun and rain. Most of them come with a ten year warranty attesting to their quality and durability. These are normally stretched over either wood, steel, iron, or aluminum material to create an awning.
Although awning fabric is tough enough to survive light rain and wind over a number of years, it will age quickly if not tended to during extreme weather conditions. Most awnings once installed will last for years given good care. To care for your awning, use the following tips;
- Retract your awning to keep it away from extreme weather or excessive rain
- Use waterproof awning covers to protect your awning fabric during the nasty weather conditions
- Replace your awning fabrics when you notice the old ones have had their day in the sun
Suppliers of awning materials do sell replacement parts for your repair needs. They also stock wind, sun, and rain sensors which you may find useful in prolonging the lifespan of your awnings.
Areas that Benefit from Awnings
Windows, front or back doors, patios, and decks could be treated with these extended coverings to enhance the look of your home. With these areas being protected, you can be sure that the fabric of your house furniture will not fade due to damage from the sun. You may even go as far as attaching your house awnings to existing columns to create a canopy for you vehicles or create a shade for your balcony veranda.