Many people associate awnings with commercial outdoor spaces. While it's true that businesses rely on awnings for advertising and providing a comfortable environment to their guests, residential properties can also benefit from these types of outdoor coverings. You can use awnings to protect your kids against the sun or to enjoy a relaxing afternoon on your front porch.
Awnings also come in many different shapes and sizes. Retractable awnings are the epitome of convenience because they can be tucked away when not in use. Eclipse awnings, on the other hand, block out the sun and prevent harmful UV rays from penetrating your outdoor space.
If you're looking for new awnings to install in your home, you should be aware of the following factors before making a decision.
The most important factor to keep in mind is functionality. Ask yourself what you'd like to get out of your awning. For example, are you looking for UV protection or aesthetic appeal? Do you prefer a retractable awning or a permanent one?
These decisions will influence the material, type and design preference of the awning that you choose.
The size of your outdoor space
Homes vary when it comes to the outdoor space. Some properties have expansive patios, while others only consist of a small porch. Size will influence the type of awning that you choose. Cassette-style awnings are perfect for wide balconies that already have a fixed roof. A retractable awning may work well for a slightly smaller veranda during sunny days.
If your outdoor space is expansive, you may also need to select strategic locations for installing your awning. For example, you may focus on the pool deck and patio first, before proceeding to cover other areas where you don't spend as much time.
Next, you should consider the fabric of your awnings. There are many options available, ranging from polyester to PVC, vinyl and cotton. When choosing a material, make sure it has the following essential properties:
- Mould and mildew resistance
- Fade-resistant colours
- Resistance to staining
- Ease of cleaning
Many awning manufacturers produce hybrid fabrics that combine multiple elements into one. Because there are so many options available, make sure you don't get lost in the inventory and forget to choose a fabric that suits your needs.
Finally, don't forget to consider colour options carefully. The right awning colour can elevate a dull outdoor space into a comfort haven for the entire family. Bold selections (such as red, green and blue) are perfect for a neutral outdoor space. But if you already have brightly coloured outdoor furniture, walls or vegetation, you may decide to go with a neutral option such as brown or grey.