If you are looking for a way to shade your home and make it cooler, consider an awning. Choosing from different types of awnings can be something of a problem, so read the following to learn about the different types of awnings available.
A retractable awning can be wonderful in a limited space, or a space that is used for more than one purpose. It is like a retractable roof push a button or use a crank and the awning (which is mounted to a wall) provides shade for decks, patios, or driveways. When the awning is no longer required, you retract it into the housing until you need it again. Available in a wide array of fabrics, colours, and patterns, your retractable awning can be matched to your homes exterior or provide a pop of colour as an accent.
Automatic awnings provide convenience at the touch of a button. They are electric, and provide shade by sliding up or down a special guide and come in a variety of sizes. Automatic awnings can also be custom-fit to your windows. They are a popular choice; their one-touch operation is very convenient for owners.
Fixed Guide Awnings
With permanently fixed guide rails, the fixed guide awning is similar to blinds that roll down. Used most often on the second or upper level of homes, the guide rail is visible even when the awning is pulled in. They’re available in motorised models, or can be hand cranked.
If you want protection from glare or direct sunlight, a verandah awning may be your best choice. verandah awnings are mounted to the edge of a verandahs roof and can be adjusted to provide protection from the sun or rain. These types of awnings use a rope and pulley system to raise or lower them.
Straight Drop Awnings
Spring-loaded to snap up or down similar to a roller blind, or with a gearbox, the straight drop awning is handy in an outdoor setting. You just pull the awning down to use it and provide shade for patios, pergolas, gazebos, or any other roofed buildings.
Drop Arm Awnings
Drop arm awnings pull out over a window or door to a maximum ninety-degree angle. The awning will remain taut and functions like an extended roof. It’s most often motorised, or comes with a gearbox, but can be bought with manual controls as well.
Freestanding awnings come with a frame that can be placed anywhere to provide protection from the sun or light rain. Perfect for occasional use, they provide weather and sun protection for parties and one-off events.
Contact a local awning professional in your area to enjoy the benefits awnings can bring to your home.