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Retractable Awnings for Your Home

If you know anything about awnings, your impression is probably based on the ones you’ve seen on local businesses, or maybe on homes in your neighborhood. Awnings give a welcome splash of color to a building, add some personality—and at first glance that may seem like all they do. In reality, there are more basic (and more urgent) reasons why a growing number of home owners are investing in retractable awnings. Here’s a rundown of three big factors that might cause you to look at the market yourself.

Your home might benefit from retractable awnings if…
1. You have a patio or deck that feels like a sauna. Many home owners add outdoor expansions to their houses with the vision of lounging outside in the breeze, cooking on the grill, listening to the kids play and enjoying a cool drink. Unfortunately, scorching sunlight often makes decks and patios about as hospitable as a noontime desert, and home owners are forced to act like cautious animals, only coming out at dawn and dusk.

If this sounds familiar, you owe it to yourself to make your outdoor area truly fit for human habitation. Install retractable awnings, and you’ll be able to enjoy your back yard at any time of the day, and in any (non-violent) weather. By the same token, if you want to soak in the sun, the awning can be retracted in under a minute.

2. Direct sunlight frequently overheats your rooms. You’ll know this is going on if you often pull your blinds to help cool a room down, or if you’re concerned about direct sunlight bleaching out your indoor furniture. By installing awnings, you’ll be able to leave your blinds up, giving the interior of your house a more spacious feel. You’ll also save substantially on energy costs, as studies by the American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers have shown that awnings can lower interior heat in your home by as much as 77 percent. That will definitely cut your air conditioning bills.

3. Your home would benefit from extended living space. If you’ve seen the small awnings that protect second and third story windows, you may have missed one of the central reasons people invest in full-size, ground-level awnings: More space to live, talk, and eat in. By installing a large retractable awning, you’re effectively adding an outdoor room to your house. Awnings are a cost-effective way to enhance your home’s livability, hospitality potential, and resale value. They are easily-customized architectural additions, but don’t require a building inspection or permit to install.






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