Window awnings are great covers for keeping the harsh elements of sun and rain off the home, but modern day awnings also can help contribute to the architectural value of your home. If you haven't bought your awnings yet, or are looking for replacements, you should make sure you're well versed in the advantages that a well designed awning will bring to your home.
1. Nothing protects your window frames from rain, snow, wind, and sun like awnings. Wood frames can easily be damaged by these harsh elements. The protection offered by an awning can greatly slow down the gradual degradation of these materials caused by exposure to these weather elements.
2. A larger awning that covers a porch or patio can make this space more usable and enjoyable by shielding you from a summer shower or summer sunlight. You can relax on the patio in comfort no matter what the weather - rain or shine. Invite good friends or family over for fun outdoor conversation and a favorite beverage or two - another shrimp off the barbie anyone?
3. In parts of the country where it rains during the summer, having awnings over your windows means you can leave the windows open during a summer rain and still allow the fresh air to circulate, or enjoy the relaxing pitter patter sound of the rain outside.
4. Still another benefit to awnings is the reduced glare on a computer monitor or television screen. Normally, you have to block off the natural sun light in order to reduce glare - not so with window awnings. In fact, the canopy cover provided by an awning means can leave your blinds and curtains wide open allowing full natural light in without suffering glare.
5. Finally, awnings help keep your home cool during hot months of summer. Industry leaders have conducted studies showing that the canopies provided by awnings can reduce the amount of heat entering the home by 77% during summer months.
Must-have features for your next window awning purchase
Be sure to take your time when considering your new awnings and installations. Don't rush the process due to any high pressure sales tactics. Consider the criteria presented here to make sure your awning purchases are right for you. Keep in mind these couple of well thought out tips as you go:
1. The ideal materials: Common materials of choice for awnings are canvas like fabrics or aluminum. Aluminum requires little or no maintenance at all, but lacks the decorative options available with fabrics. Fabric awnings on the other hand require a higher level of maintenance.
2. Bigger isn't always better. Pick the right size to meet your needs - choose wisely. Over sized awnings offer the needed protection, but can look bulky. Smaller ones have plenty of options for an attractive installation, but too small, and it might not protect sufficiently. Choose the right size for your particular need.
3. Architectural appeal - there are so many different shapes and designs available, from domed to quarter barrel, to gable walkway, and beyond. Make sure to see all the different design patterns available for your window or patio, and choose something that can accentuate the local architectural style.
Go forth with confidence in your ability to purchase the correct awnings for your homes different needs. Above all, take your time, and do not be rushed by a retailer urging you to make your decision with haste.