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What You Need to Know Before Buying a Retractable Awning

A retractable awning is a great addition to your home, but make sure you are well informed before making the final investment!

If you want to get the most use out of your outdoor space, a retractable awning could be the perfect solution. Retractable awnings give you the control over how much shade you want over your deck or patio to help increase your comfort when spending time outside. A high-quality awning can reduce the temperature of your deck or patio by about 20 percent. Not only are awnings functional, but they add beauty and style to your home as well. Here’s what you need to know before buying a retractable awning.

An Overview

Retractable awnings work by using a large piece of fabric extended over a metal frame. The frame will be either wall, roof, or soffit mounted. The type of mount is determined by whether your home is made of brick, concrete, or vinyl siding and whether it’s a single story, condo, or older home with an eave. The awning fabric should be made with a heavy-duty, acrylic, breathable, and marine-grade material. It should also be constructed to withstand UV degradation, resist mildew, and resist color fading.

The Details

Retractable awnings come in a wide array of colors. Keep in mind that dark colors reflect the sun more than lighter colors but retain and absorb more heat. Think about how the design of your awning will affect the overall look of the exterior of your home and consider choosing colors that will complement the general design. The sizes range from widths of 8 to 10 feet and up to 25 feet. Consider rearranging your deck or patio furniture so that you can benefit fully from the coolness and shade that the awning will provide.

Motorized versus Manual

You might initially think that you could save some money if you opt for a manual retractable awning, but there are more features than just convenience that come with choosing motorized. For one, you won’t have to physically maneuver a crank to open and close your awning. Second, many motorized versions come equipped with a wind sensor that closes the awning for you if you forget and a storm starts threatening the area while you’re away.

Contact Carroll Awning Today for Your New Awning!

Ready to get the perfect awning or canopy for your apartment building, business, or home? Carroll Awning Company has the expertise and equipment to make and install the perfect residential or commercial awning to give your home or business an even cooler exterior. We can design, create, and install custom canopies and awnings all year long. For a free estimate and to get started designing your dream awning, give us a call at 1-800-999-5617 or visit us online. To see examples of our work, follow us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn.