Awnings and blinds are those coverings that are installed just above the windows, doors, patios, and decks of homes and commercial establishments such as restaurants, hotels, and other similar premises. Their primary purpose is to provide protection not just from the sun, but also from the harsh elements such as rain, snow, and wind. Also known as overhangs, these attachments come in a lot of designs and frameworks. For a homeowner or business owner, choosing the right type of awning is important in order to exude decorative elements to the structure’s interior, and at the same time provide functionality at all times.

One of the most well-known types of awning is the one that is retractable or one that can be adjusted. Unlike a traditional awning that oftentimes fixed, a retractable awning makes use of a winch that is either motorized or manually operated in an effort to set  it up at any time and retract when not in use. Generally, they come in different colors and designs, allowing users to match their homes’ exterior. It is a very convenient type of awning because it gives users the freedom to control the amount of cover they wish to obtain for their doors, windows, decks, or patios.

Homeowners today have been recognizing the benefits of having this type of awning in their homes. In fact, here are some of them:

  • Homeowners living in houses that have decks or patios can greatly benefit from having awning. Families can enjoy their outdoor activities such as barbeques and simple home dining right under the comfort of awnings. There is comfort in staying outdoors on the decks or patios knowing that they heat of the sun is not overpowering and not directly hitting them.
  • Homeowners can see the benefit of installing awnings and blinds above their windows in reducing the costs of using electricity. Because of the adjustable features of such awnings, less amounts of heat penetrate through the windows and into the home. Thus, families no longer have to use air conditioning units in order to cool themselves down. Indeed, retractable awning contributes to saving money in the long term.
  • The furniture found in patios and decks of homes are protected because of these awnings. The same can be said for furniture found inside homes. Indeed, the shade that retractable awning provide only means that the materials such as wood, cotton, and other fabrics found in tables, chairs, and other furniture, as well as carpeting, flooring, and upholstery, don’t get exposed to the sun’s rays. The heat causes the parts of such to fade or dry out, and this can be prevented through the installation of overhangs.
  • Unlike fixed awning, retractable awning is longer lasting. Imagine a fixed awning installed on top of window; it is susceptible to damage due to the bleaching effect of the sun’s heat to the fabric or canvas. Moreover, it is likely to sustain damage due to bad weather conditions, such as a strong wind with rain or heavy snowfall. Indeed, the retractable awning can be used when needed.

Meanwhile, even though blinds and even awnings are long-lasting, preventive maintenance is important in order to preserve its functionality and decorative aspects. Indeed, once in a month, the awning must be checked if the joints are still correctly aligned and is working perfectly as it should be. Dusting off the awning’s joints will prevent rust from forming that could degrade its structural and functional integrity. The canvas must also be inspected for any tears. Truly, taking good care of these home accessories is a great way to save up on such investments for the home.