This summer is proving a real scorcher and if relaxing on your patio is a favourite activity you’ll definitely be feeling the heat. Did you know though that there is a way to provide shade on your patio, add some style to your garden and cut down on your utility bills? You can have all this with retractable awnings, which have in recent years experienced a rebirth.
It used to be that almost every home had an awning. But since indoor heating became more common they lost some of their uses. That’s changed though in recent years with retractable awnings now offering all the benefits of an awning with some extras. These can be quite easy and inexpensive to install with many companies in Vancouver providing services for retractable awnings. The benefits, as you’ll soon see, definitely make the investment worth it.
Shade and weather protection
The first thing that comes to mind with an awning is the shade it will provide on hot summer days. When not in use, it can be retracted to allow more sunlight in, or partially expanded to suit any needs. Home owners will be able to get more out of their awnings while protecting themselves from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
A retractable awning can also protect home owners against the elements, keeping them dry during rainstorms while also providing some privacy for sunbathing, hot tubs and swimming pools.
Cuts energy costs
When direct sunlight is shining through your windows, the extra heat forces air-con systems to work harder to maintain the optimum temperature which, of course, pushes up your energy bills. With a retractable awning, you’ll be able to deflect that sunlight and save money over time. On colder days, it can be retracted to allow more sunlight in and help to cut your heating bills during the winter.
Homeowners should put some careful thought into where they place their awning for maximum effect. The deck or patio is the most obvious place but smaller awnings can be placed over windows that receive the most sunlight, reducing the homes heat gain from sun exposure. Some awnings can even be installed with weather sensors so that they automatically retract during heavy rainstorms or snowfall.
Awnings can come in a wide variety of styles and colors to match a homeowner’s personal décor. They can be made from a range of materials such as aluminum, fabric or plastic canvas. Those homes that experience very changeable weather will need to be more durable but generally, an awning can hold up against most common elements.
Retractable awnings can come as automatic or manual, being operated by hand cranks, pull strings or hand braces. Motorized awnings usually come with either a button or a dial to control how much it extends. For homeowners who experience very changeable weather, a motorized retractable awning provides the most benefits and can be upgraded with sensors to activate it under certain weather conditions.