The Value of Awnings
Oh the power of the simple awning!
we say simple? Today's awnings can be simple, true. . .
Subtle, plain, understated. But they can also be elaborate,
bold and daring. An awning has always been a good way to
give you shade on patios, porches and decks, as well as
protection from the elements. But addition to shielding
you from a hot sun and the rainy weather, an awning just
makes a house's porches and patios look nicer. And besides
all that, you can even enhance the appearance of the home's
windows by putting mini-awnings over each of them. There
is lots of potential for enhancing the beauty of your house
with the not-always-so-simple awning.
are some facts to consider. By some estimates, it's been
said that during an especially hot summer, a family can
save 60 or 65 percent on their energy bill with south-facing
windows, and even as much as 77 percent with windows that
face the east and west. So if you think you can't afford
the luxury of window awnings, it might be that you can't
afford to be without them!
are other benefits to awnings. An awning on your window
can do a noteworthy job of protecting the beauty of the
woodwork surrounding the window. Without some sort of protection,
the sun, rain and sun can cause this wood to become warped,
and even to decay. An awning helps shield the wood and prevent
this from happening.
of protection, an awning over your patio or porch protects
not just you or even the house. It also protects your outdoor
furniture. With a top-quality awning, you can open the windows
on your outdoor deck, even during a spring thunder storm,
and your furniture will be shielded. And let's face it,
a patio decked out with a nice awning will help you feel
better about your house as you welcome visitors and might
eventually increase the home's re-sale value.
assume now that you're convinced of the benefits that awnings
can bring to your home. Now you just have to consider what
sort of awning you want. First you must consider the material.
There are two main materials from which awnings are made:
aluminum and various kinds of fabric. The fabric awning
has the advantage of coming in a wider variety of vibrant
colors and shapes. However, the aluminum awning appeals
to those who don't want to spend much time with maintenance,
since fabric awnings much be cleaned often. Aluminum also
gives the patio or window a more nostalgic, traditional
fabric or aluminum does a fine job of protecting the premises
from the ravages of weather. However, many people have found
that fabric awnings, because they're more flexible, withstand
high-powered winds much better.
last consideration in buying an awning is energy savings.
For maximum savings, if you place an awning on an eastward
or westward facing window, you need a drop of about 70 percent.
However, for windows facing southward, the drop will only
be about 45 to 60 percent.
finally, when you're shopping for awnings, ask about roll-up
or retractable awnings. These are highly flexible, regardless
of whether the weather is hot or cold. In the summer months,
they do a good job of blocking the sun's rays, while in
the winter, they allow those same rays to shine in and warm
up the patio or windows.
are few things you can do to you house that bring as many
simultaneous benefits as installing a patio. With this one
project, that will take just a day or two to complete, you
can improve your home's appearance, protect it from the
elements and make your patio or porch a more enjoyable place