Retractable awnings provide several benefits to homeowners and are useful for more than providing shade to a deck or patio. This addition can save Austin homeowners money on their energy costs, offer more control over their outdoor shade, and other benefits you may not have considered. Our Austin retractable awnings are available in a variety of styles and materials, and owners have the choice between manual and automatic retraction.
Shade and Weather Protection
The first thing that pops into most peoples’ minds when considering a retractable awning is additional shade for their outdoor area. Retractable awnings offer homeowners options for their shade as well – the awning can be retracted when it is not in use, or partially expanded to fit any preference, allowing owners to enjoy their outdoor spaces without the risk of sun exposure and harmful UV rays. A retractable awning offers owners more control over their outdoor experiences, and the slope of the awning may also be adjusted to accommodate changing weather conditions.
Retractable awnings also provide protection from the elements, such as rain and allergens. Homeowners can still enjoy their outside spaces and fresh air even during rainstorms. Retractable awnings can block allergens and can be fitted with vertical curtains to act as a bug barrier for outdoor gatherings. A retractable awning will also offer additional privacy for sunbathing, hot tubs, and swimming areas.
Cutting Energy Costs
Using these awnings can lower energy costs because indoor temperatures will be lowered by the reduced sun exposure, potentially cutting dependency on air conditioning. Sunlight will be blocked from reaching the interior of the home during warmer weather, and the awning can also be retracted to let more sunlight through the windows for additional warmth in the colder months.
Homeowners should consider where the awning will have the most positive effects. Over a deck or porch is the obvious choice, but smaller awnings may also be fitted on the side of the house that receives the most sunlight, reducing the home’s heat gain from sun exposure. The materials of the awning need to be water resistant, and some retractable awnings can be fitted with weather sensors, which will automatically retract them during heavy storms or snow.
Style and Options
There are countless styles of retractable awnings, and homeowners can custom-tailor their awning to match their home’s décor. Awnings are produced in a variety of materials, including aluminum, plastic, canvas, or simple fabric. Homes in more changeable climates may need more durable materials, but retractable awnings are generally hardy and not easily damaged.
Retractable awnings can be manual or automatic. Manually retracted awnings typically have hand cranks, removable hand braces, or pull string retraction mechanisms, similar to interior window blinds. Motorized systems usually feature a switch to fully extend and retract the awning, or a dial to control how far the awning extends. Motorized retractable awnings provide homeowners the additional options of weather and wind sensors, and they can be programmed to react to certain weather situations.
The addition of a retractable awning is an easy choice for almost any home. The additional shade, privacy, weather protection, and the ability to customize it to fit any occasion are only the immediate benefits. The potential savings on energy costs essentially makes the awning pay for itself, and it can be tailored to fit almost any area of any home to fit any lifestyle.
If you’re interested in adding a retractable awning to your home, get in touch with The Shading Company of Austin today. We can answer any questions about retractable awnings and start exploring your options.