Nothing beats dining outside on a sunny day, but it can be too much of a good thing. At high noon, the sun might prove to be too hot for your family and guests. And, let’s not forget about the damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. Luckily, awnings can provide some well-needed shade while letting you enjoy your outdoor space.
Awnings can do more than just provide shade, though; they can protect you from the weather and complement your home’s design. When purchasing an awning, take into account a few factors.
Location of the Awning
Decide on where you’ll be placing the awning. If you want some shade while enjoying the view on your deck or patio, choose a retractable awning. In case you want to soak up more sun, you can flip a switch to retract the awning. Just keep in mind that retractable awnings don’t offer much protection against volatile weather conditions like heavy rain or snow.
If you want to keep your rooms cool during the day, install a stationary awning in front of your windows or doors. They also provide added protection from harsh weather conditions.
Size and Purpose of the Awning
Smaller awnings usually serve a decorative purpose while bigger awnings serve a more functional one.
The Climate of Your Area
Regardless of its size, an awning provides a degree of protection from debris and rain. To maximize the protection they offer, pick awning materials that are able to handle your neighborhood’s climate.
Vinyl awnings are a popular choice among homeowners who live in cold, rainy climates. Cotton awnings with a coating of acrylic paint are also a good option, thanks to their waterproof properties. Those living in harsher climates should consider getting polyester awnings, which are known for their durability.
If you’re looking for a contractor to install a new awning, hire a reputable one like Seamless Exterior. We were included in Qualified Remodeler’s Top 500 Remodelers list. To get a free quote, call (319) 243-3600, or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Cedar Falls, Waterloo and Marshalltown, IA.