Awnings offer homeowners both style and beauty while bringing valuable shade to your home. Retractable awnings protect your family from harmful UV rays as much as 94%. They extend the living space of your home, so it’s like adding a low-cost room extension. They can add charm and personality to your home and transform a plain façade into something special. Awnings can set your home apart from the rest.
Awnings have proven to substantially lower air conditioning bills plus protect your furnishings and carpet from fading. In addition to their attractiveness, awnings keep your home much cooler during the heat of the summer months. They help reduce air conditioning costs by decreasing the amount of heat that infiltrates the inside of your home by as much as 77%.
Fabric & Colours
There are numerous sleek, innovative fabric designs known for their durability. Sunbrella® manufactures the fabric used in most high-quality awnings. This material is recognized for its superior fade and stain resistance plus it’s easy to clean and maintain.
Along with the many benefits of installing a residential awning that protects your living space from inclement weather, your awning will also contribute towards making your home more stylish by choosing an awning colour that blends with the exterior colour and décor of your home. By picking an awning colour that complements the usage of the covered area, you will add a touch of panache to the exterior.
There are many colours to choose among but here are some of the most popular:
- Red: If the exterior of home is painted with yellow, white or tan colour, you can consider any shade of red awnings.
- Blue: The blue awnings are considered the best choice for white homes.
- Yellow: Normally, the awning colour complements homes painted in colours having different amounts of yellow. The yellow awning colour will also complement white home exteriors perfectly.
- Brown: Many people opt for brown awnings due to their effectiveness in adding dimension to the home’s exterior.
Cleaning the Awning
Retractable aluminum awnings do not require a great deal of care to keep them looking fresh and new, but you do want to clean them on occasion and before closing up for the season.
With a gentle spray from the hose or a broom, remove any leftover loose debris on the awning and begin cleaning the awning from the bottom up. Wash all parts of the awning before tackling the cleaning of the fabric.
If there’s dirt on the awning, use warm water and a soft bristled brush along with a mild soap, like Ivory Flakes. Stay away from any harsh detergents because this can damage the fabric of the awning.
Rinse thoroughly to remove any residue on the fabric since leftover soap will leave marks and a chalky appearance. Allow the awning to dry out naturally and entirely before retracting it.
An awning can last for many years if properly maintained, cleaned, lubricated and protected. They are designed for durability so that you can enjoy their beauty and protection from the sun’s harsh summer rays while creating an extended living space for your family and friends to enjoy.