Decks are often the outdoor gathering place in a home. You entertain friends and family while barbecuing, read the morning paper with a cup of coffee and have a lazy weekend afternoon with a book on your deck. Having the right awning makes this outdoor space even more enjoyable.
For an area where you may want sun exposure some of the time and want shade at others, a retractable awning may be the right choice. Whether you want sun to warm the adjacent house, a pool or simply want to enjoy the sun on a cool spring morning, you will like the easy use of a retractable awning. Retractable awnings come in a variety of colors and sizes. Companies such as Sun Setter Awnings (see Resources) have motorized, manual or freestanding awnings to fit any deck shade requirement and most budgets.
Canopy awnings are a good choice if you are in a climate that doesn't get heavy snow or weather conditions. Canopy awnings can reduce the heat on the deck as well as in the rooms of the house immediately off the deck. Fabric is cheaper than metal awnings and can be retractable or can be a permanent fixture. They are practical for the sun and can provide shelter in light rains, but do not provide adequate coverage for heavy rains.
Shade sails are a semi-permanent way to shade your deck. So, if you want to add shade during the hot summer months, but want the sun exposure during the fall and winter, a shade sail may be an option.
Metal awnings are a permanent, more expensive awning. While you might enjoy the ability to retract an awning, some areas require a more sturdy awning. This is where metal awnings show true benefit. In areas with heavy rain storms, snow and winds, you can get more out of your awning and deck by keeping the area drier in heavier elements. Metal awnings simply last longer and are more durable. The coverage allows you to barbecue while it rains, protecting you from the elements but still being able to enjoy your outdoor area.
Contrast Your Home
Regardless of what type of awning you choose, an awning will accent your home. Using splashes of color can complement the design and architecture. Using smaller awnings over windows or doors will make your patio awning part of the overall design of your home, and not seem like something put up randomly.
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