Finally, after our long, cold Canadian winter, summer is here! All of those dreams of spending time outside entertaining family and friends in your beautiful backyard can finally come true.
With summers being short, we want to take full advantage of them. Investing in a patio awning is a great way to extend the amount of time we spend outside while staying comfortably protected from the sun. Here’s why you should protect your patio area with an awning this season.
Stay Comfortable and Save Money
Because of their sun-resistant, thick material, patio awnings help block harmful UV rays. As a result, there’s a reduction in solar heat gain through west-facing windows, and air conditioners run less. This can create energy savings of up to $200 annually.
Time spent outdoors is more enjoyable, too. Awnings provide an excellent, shady reprieve, allowing you to enjoy the outdoors, even in the high heat of the day. Long gone are the days when sitting outside becomes uncomfortable!
Shield Your Valuables and Patio Furniture
Patio awnings not only protect you from the sun, but they also help protect your home’s carpeting, flooring, and fine art. Unless high-quality curtains remain closed permanently, the sun’s powerful rays can still create fading, cracking, and peeling of your home’s investments. Quality outdoor awnings provide an additional layer of protection, extending the shelf-life of your home’s valuable décor.
The same goes for patio furniture, barbeques, and cushions. Without protection from the sun, it doesn’t take long to have fading or other damage occur – and replacing patio furniture can be costly. Installing an awning over your patio helps bring the space together and gives the feeling of an outdoor room.
Improve Exterior Aesthetics and Add Value to Your Property
Patio awnings come in a wide variety of styles, colours, and textures. Easily match the look of your home with a coordinated awning. Choose from patterns, solid colours, or prints to fit your home décor style.
Because they increase your living space, potential homebuyers will view your awning as valuable. Made of attractive materials, they increase the value of your home. Of course, patios aren’t the only option for an awning, either – consider installing one on your deck or grassy area.
Types of Awnings
For residential spaces, there are two main types of awnings to choose from:
Aluminum Patio Covers: Enjoy permanent protection from an awning that’s stationary on your home’s exterior. Aluminum patio covers are available in a wide variety of styles and colours so you can find the style that best suits your home and personal preferences. Many homeowners are choosing larger aluminum patio covers to create shade for outdoor living spaces such as decks and patios as their sturdy aluminum frames make it easy to add privacy screens, mosquito netting, and more.
Retractable Awnings: Enjoy protection from the weather with an awning that lets you control the amount of shade and sunlight. Choose remote-control, electric, or manual operation to retract your awning easily. During the winter, close and store your awning to allow more sunlight to enter your home.
Ready to make this summer the best one yet? To learn more about patio awnings and all of the options available, contact us today.