How Good Is Your Knowledge of Awnings?

Homeowners are always looking for ways to beautify their homes and make them as appealing as possible. Are you one of them? Don't forfeit the chance to add awnings to the exterior of your house. Awnings are ideal for adding aesthetic appeal and providing sufficient shade to the fittings installed beneath them. Therefore, they protect your doors, windows and other fittings from damage that can be caused by harmful UV rays. They also come in handy when you need to protect your home from wind and rain. Here is some information on awnings to help you understand them well:

Materials Used to Make Awnings

Awnings are made from several materials. The most popular are canvas and metal. Canvas awnings are great for their durability and versatility. Additionally, canvas awnings come in a variety of colours to meet all your aesthetic preferences.  Metal awnings are another option at your disposal. They are sturdier and more durable compared to canvas awnings. The availability of stainless metals and the ability to cover them with protective coatings makes them a better choice than canvas. If you haven't made up your mind, then metal is the way to go. 

Types of Awnings Available

Having an awning made of the right material does not guarantee that you will make the most of it. It would be best if you had the appropriate type. Some of these types include: 

  1. Retractable awnings – Retractable awnings also go by the name 'folding awnings'. They give you complete control of the awning, especially when you go for fully automated options. You can go from full glare from the sun to perfect shade by merely pressing a button. Just as their name suggests, retractable awnings are easy to extend and draw back depending on your needs. 
  2. Stationary awnings – Stationary awnings offer the same protection as retractable awnings, but they remain in the position that you install them in. The absence of a mechanism to move them means that you need to be particular about the location where you want to fix them. If stationary awnings do not work for you, then light, freestanding models will suffice because you can move them at will. 

Awning Maintenance and Care 

Awnings need lots of care if you want to make the most of them. This starts by getting a ladder that is long enough to enable you reach the surface of the awnings. You also need a long-handled broom that can sweep all the debris off the surface of the awnings. The debris and dirt that holds onto the awnings can be scrubbed off using appropriate brushes.