Add a Retractable Awning to Your Outdoor Space
Installing a deck or patio is a great way to increase your home’s living space to allow you and your family to enjoy the great outdoors. You want to enjoy your property whenever you want, but sometimes the elements prevent it. To increase a deck or patio’s usability, many homeowners choose to install one of our retractable awnings. There are many advantages to installing a retractable awning. The most obvious benefit is protecting you from the sun and the rain, but there are more subtle advantages as well. For example, installing an awning can reduce energy costs by preventing heat from entering the home. Awnings can also prevent water damage and protect your investment in your patio or deck. Not only that, but awnings are attractive and enhance the beauty and value of your property. At Long Fence, we offer a wide range of awning options, including water-repellent, air-permeable, and color-fast decorator fabrics to make sure you get the perfect awning for your deck or patio. With the push of a button, your awning will extend to cover your outdoor space with shade. Another push, and you can go back to sunning yourself on the deck. For more information, give us a call today. Our team of experts will walk you through the process of choosing the right retractable awning for your property.
Block the Sun with an Awning
The sun is an excellent source of warmth, light, and vitamin D. But as the saying goes, too much of a good thing is a bad thing. With a retractable awning, you can choose to sit in the sun or extend the awning and block the sunlight. On a warm summer day, direct exposure to sunlight can be very uncomfortable. Too much exposure to the sun’s UV rays can burn you. A retractable awning allows you, your family, and your guests to spend time outside without worrying about spending too much time in the sun. It will keep your patio or deck cool on hot days and allow you to spend even the warmest days outside in the shade with an ice-cold drink.
Awnings Reduce Energy Costs
Whether you realize it or not, a lot of heat comes into your home on hot days through the cracks of doorways and windows. Direct sunlight on the door and outdoor patio heats up your home. If you have windows facing the patio or deck, sunlight can also come into the home, further increasing the heat. Increased heat translates to higher energy costs on air conditioning and indoor fans. With a retractable awning, you’ll be able to keep the heat outside on hot days. The shade provided by the awning will reduce the heat entering your home, which will help reduce your electric bills. Studies done by the National Bureau of Standards and the American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers found that awnings reduce heat inside homes by up to 77% when windows are facing west and 65% when windows are facing south by keeping the hot sunlight from entering the home.
Protect Your Property from Water Damage
In addition to protecting you and your patio or deck from the sun, awnings also help prevent water damage by significantly reducing the amount of rain that reaches the patio or deck. Too much rainwater can damage wooden decks or furniture by causing the wood to warp and splinter over time. In some cases, excess water can even cause mold or mildew to develop, which can be expensive to fix. With an awning, your deck and outdoor furniture will get less rainfall, allowing it to last longer without damage. An awning also keeps water away from windows and doors, which can prevent internal water damage. Windows and doors exposed to heavy rainfall are some of the areas most vulnerable to water leakage. If water makes it into the house, it can cause mold, mildew, and other problems. Installing an awning provides a layer of protection between the rainfall and the windows and doors, which keeps water from entering through cracks and causing costly damage.
Retractable Awnings Make Your Patio or Deck Usable All Year
If you install a patio or deck on your property, you’ll want to get your money’s worth for as much of the year as possible. With a retractable awning, you’ll be able to do just that. During the summer months, the awning will block the sunlight, allowing you to spend time outside even on hot days. When it’s cooler, you’ll be able to retract the awning and enjoy the sunshine easily. An awning may partially block your view from the inside, so a retractable awning will allow you to enjoy the view when you choose to retract it fully. An awning can even be useful during the winter months by preventing snow and ice from piling up in your outdoor space. If you want to spend time outside without venturing into the snow, you can spend time on your patio or deck. Snow and ice can also cause damage to a wood deck or outdoor furniture over time, making an awning a worth-while investment.
Enhancing the beauty of your home
Awnings don’t just protect your outdoor space from the elements. They also add to the beauty of your home. A patio or deck without an awning can look bare and unadorned, especially in harsh sunlight. By adding an awning, you’ll add the perfect touch of style and color to your outdoor space, livening it up for family gatherings and neighborhood parties. Adding a retractable awning to your patio or deck is also a good way to increase the value of your home. Awnings are eye-catching and can make your house stand out to passers-by and potential buyers if you ever decide to sell your property. Plus, prospective buyers will be more likely to want to buy a house with a nice awning and a shaded outdoor space. The tough fabric of awnings is also able to last a long time with little damage or discoloration. This makes an awning an excellent investment in your home. At Long Fence, we offer a wide variety of colors and styles to choose from. With the help of our expert designers, you’ll be able to choose the awning that best enhances the style and beauty of your home and yard. You’ll also have the choice between different types of fabric, such as water-repellent and air-permeable. For more information on our retractable awnings, give us a call today.