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Should You Install an Ocean City Home Awning or Pergola?

Posted on Thursday, August 10th, 2023 at 9:36 am.
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Should you install an Ocean City home awning or pergola?

Your outdoor living space is an essential part of your home. When you purchase a home with a patio or deck, you want to use that space to enjoy the luxury of private outdoor space. This is especially true in Ocean City, MD, where you want to spend time outdoors under the warm summer sun, enjoying your favorite seasonal activities and foods. Various shade products can be added to your Ocean City home to increase comfort and protect you from harsh sunlight and rain showers. But is an awning or pergola right for your home? Consider the following before you create your best Ocean City home awning or pergola with Carroll Architectural Shade. 

The Primary Differences Between Awnings and Pergolas

What makes these shade structures different from each other? An awning is a fabric or aluminum structure attached to the side of your home to protect you from the elements. Awnings extend outward to cover patios, decks, entrances, and more, provide shade from UV rays, and keep you dry on rainy days. 

A pergola is a shade structure installed away from your house, typically in the backyard. It is not attached to any exterior walls, is held aloft by columns, and typically has a grid roof. However, pergola covers can be attached for additional protection from the elements. 

The Advantages of Ocean City Home Awnings

What can a new awning add to your Ocean City home? Awnings protect from the sun and can even keep the covered areas 20 degrees cooler than uncovered areas. Awnings are also easy to install and don’t require a lot of space. Awnings installed around your windows or doors can keep the inside of your home cooler, which reduces your energy bills. Additionally, your home awnings can protect your furniture and other belongings (rugs, curtains, hardwood floors) from exposure to UV rays and color fading. Finally, awnings increase your home value by increasing the usable space outdoors. 

The Advantages of Ocean City Home Pergolas

Pergolas are highly sturdy structures. They are also free-standing units, which makes them ideal for placing next to gardens, swimming pools, or fish ponds that may be further into your backyard. You can set your pergolas wherever you wish instead of only being able to install them when attached to your home exterior. Pergolas also add substantial aesthetic appeal, which will boost your home value. 

Which One Is Best For Me? 

Pergolas are best for homes with lots of outdoor space, so the pergola can provide shade away from the home and create an additional lounging or dining space. If you have a smaller backyard, an awning can add the coverage and style you desire without taking up additional ground space. When installing an Ocean City home awning, you can select from various designs, such as retractable or metal awnings, to create a product that suits your home. Pergola designs are slightly less variable but always create a high-end product. 


Through our combined locations in Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., Carroll Architectural Shade provides innovative craftsmanship, superb service, competitive pricing, and unfailing attention to detail for customers throughout Maryland and Virginia.

Our highly skilled craftsmen design and custom manufacture shade products in-house, including commercial awnings, residential awnings, retractable awnings, roll-up curtains, aluminum awnings, and flat metal canopies. Founded in 1958 by James Carroll Sr., and still family-owned by his sons today, Carroll Architectural Shade remains committed to delivering top-quality craftsmanship and service.

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