6 Important Tips You Need for Choosing Awnings for Your Home

by Home Pros Guide on Wed, Oct 2nd Categories: awnings, awning installation (406 Views)

Awnings can be both an attractive and practical addition to your home. They can provide shade from the hot sun, allowing you to lounge on your patio outside your home to get fresh air, while looking like a seamless accessory to your home's exterior.

Keep these 6 tips in mind when considering installing an awning on your home!

1. Type: Stationary, Retractable, or Freestanding?

The beauty of modern awnings is that there's different types to choose from! You can have stationary ones, retractable ones to adjust throughout the year, or freestanding ones that you can add without attaching it to your home! There's even automatic retractable awnings that are operated with electricity, making awning adjustments a breeze when you want to change your settings on a whim.

2. Material

From outdoor fabrics to aluminum, awnings made of different materials need different degrees of upkeep. Outdoor fabrics provide a wide variety of color choices, but need more maintenance than aluminum awnings. While aluminum may be more sturdy and don't require as much upkeep, they don't provide as much customization or looks as their fabric equivalent. Think about which material would work best for you!

3. Angle

To get the most efficient use out of your awning, homeowners should consider which side of their home the awning will be installed on, and which direction it faces. Windows or areas facing east or west benefit the most from an awning with a 65-75% drop, while those facing the south can utilize a 45-60% drop. Do your research to see which angle installation works best for your home!

4. Style

Consider all the styles that awnings come in! There's the quarter barrel, the dome, waterfall, traditional, open wing, and so many other styles that awning companies can provide. Think about which style you like best along with other aesthetic choices to add to your home's awning.

5. Color

Pick an awning color that best compliments the exterior of your home. Typically, awning colors are best when they're light, but keep in mind how your home will look as a whole over time. Also think about how the awning's color can look from the inside of your home! You can create a nice flowing transition from the inside of your home to the outside.

6. Size

How big will your awning be? Smaller awnings can be more of a decorative piece, whereas larger ones provide larger areas of shade and cover. Whether you're looking for one or the other, or even a happy medium, give the size of your future awning some thought. 

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