How To Choose A Retractable Awning

How To Choose A Retractable Awning

Choosing a retractable awning for your home is much easier than you would think.

Installing an awning on your residential or commercial property can be a great way to improve the appearance, efficiency and increase customer traffic and profits. However, before you rush into choosing an awning, there are several aspects to consider. Depending on the type of property you have, your maintenance ability, and goals, there are different types and styles of awnings for you to consider.

Think About Needs

Different styles of awnings can have different effects. If you are a commercial space like a restaurant or looking to add an awning over a deck to create coverage for an outdoor seating area, the awning you want will be different than what someone looking just to cover windows will want. Awnings can be used to add protection to windows helping to decrease heating and cooling costs. They can also be used to help advertise and make businesses more visible. Depending on the purpose for your awning, there are different styles, and it’s best to have a firm idea of what you expect out of an awning before you purchase.

Research Designs

Once you’ve decided on the style of awning you would like, choosing a design is the next step. What colors, how will it be shaped, will it have any edge details, will it have a logo? All of these are options to keep in mind. Often, a simple design with a bold but appropriate color is best. It’s important to pay attention to how your design will hold up as well. If you use a logo, in particular, be sure to ask plenty of questions about how to make sure it lasts.

Consider the Fabric

There’s a wide variety of materials that your awning can be made from, each has their own pros and cons and must be researched. Vinyl, acrylics, and  polyester are all popular as they are long-lasting and tend to be low maintenance.

Budget Accordingly  

As you are comparing the costs for your new awning, make sure to take into account that it will cost more than just the price of the physical item. The cost of installation, as well as any potential maintenance and operation, should be made paid attention to as well.

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