As an Ottawa homeowner, you are probably always looking for ways to make your home exactly the way you want it to be. One area of renovations is the outside: building a deck or a patio or installing an awning to enhance your outdoor living space. An awning gives you a great chance to enjoy the outside space you have. When investing in your home, you have to make sure the outcome you’re getting is going to be worth the money you’re putting into it and your retractable awning is no different. Here’s what you need to know about an awning, and whether it’s worth the investment for your Ottawa home.
Decrease your utility cost
Depending on the direction your home faces, you might experience afternoon sun that drastically heats up the interior of your home. During the winter this isn’t such a bad thing, but in the summer, it kind of defeats the purpose of air conditioning. With a retractable awning, you can extend the awning to protect the sun from beating into your home. With the reduced heat transfer coming in through the windows, you won’t have to keep the AC running as much and therefore save on your utility bills.
Increase the life of your furniture
Patio or deck furniture that is consistently outside and exposed to the sun will start to fade quickly and look very worn out. With a retractable awning, you can keep your outdoor furniture looking brand new for so much longer. This investment in an awning will actually protect the other investments you’ve made.
Increase (or decrease) the amount of natural light
If you choose to install a permanent awning, or have no awning at all, you can’t really control how much natural light you’re letting into your home – you have to go with what’s available. With a permanent awning, you might find it’s too dark during the day forcing you to turn lights on even during the day. Without any kind of awning, the light will continually beam into your home. When you have a retractable awning, you get to control how much light you let into your home.
Increase the value of your home
If you are looking to sell your home in the near future, a well-maintained retractable awning can help increase the value of your home. The look of an awning, as long as it is well-matched to the home, can definitely increase the curb appeal of your home for buyers. Additionally, this awning increases the amount of living space your home has and new owners could really enjoy the outdoors.
If you think that a retractable awning might a good investment for your Ottawa home, we would love the chance to assist you with your purchase. Contact Jans Awnings today to speak with a member of our team.