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5 Decisions to Make Before Installing a Retractable Awning

During the summer months, you probably want to spend as much time outside as possible — but it can get hot quickly. Installing a retractable awning provides the shade you need to keep your outside space more comfortable to enjoy.

Before you install a retractable awning, though, there are several decisions you need to make to ensure you get the option that best suits your needs.

What Is a Retractable Awning?

Retractable awnings are an efficient way to cool and protect outdoor areas. They’re composed of a joint frame and heavy-duty fabric, and they unfold from your building’s wall when you want shade. When you no longer need shade, you can quickly retract the awning.

1. When Should You Install a Retractable Awning?

Retractable awnings often get the most use during the summer as people devote more time to be outdoors, but you can use them during other seasons as well.

The best time to install an awning will vary depending on when you need it and the availability of your awning installer. Spring and summer are when most awnings tend to be installed. However, you can also set up your appointment during the fall or winter, and your awning will be ready for use when you want to spend time outside.

2. Where Should You Install an Awning?

If you have a patio you like to spend time on or would like to keep the heat away from your windows and doors, then consider installing a retractable awning.

Once you decide where you’d like your awning, you need to think about the awning placement options your home has.

The area of your home that will be the awning’s base impacts which awnings you can install. The place you attach the awning also dictates the height and pitch of the awning.

The best options for your awning placement are:

  • An exterior wall.
  • The roof above the gutter.
  • The eave under the soffit.

Wherever you decide to install your retractable awning, you need to make sure it will be the right size, have enough space and meet the height clearance.

3. What Materials Are Used for an Awning?

Often, canvas, vinyl, resin, aluminum and galvanized steel are popular materials used to construct an awning. These materials also determine how effective the awning is at protecting windows and doors from sunlight. Any fabric used for the awning is either waterproof or water-resistant, so wherever you place your awning will be safe from the rain.

When you choose which style of retractable awning you’d like, consider the materials it is made of and if they would suit your needs.

4. Should I Get a Motorized or Manual Awning?

While you determine what style of retractable awning you would like, consider whether you would like to move it manually or have a motor that moves it.

A manual awning requires you to open and close the awning using a crank. A motorized awning will extend and retract with the push of a button, but you’ll need to have electricity available wherever you install it.

5. How Many Awnings Should I Have Installed?

The number of awnings you install depends on your needs. Retractable awnings are great to relieve areas of your house from the heat.

While you may be thinking of one place to install an awning, other areas can benefit from having an awning, too. Reduce your energy use and potentially lower your cooling costs by adding awnings to all your windows and doors.

Install a Retractable Awning With Liberty Door and Awning

If you live in New Jersey, you can count on Liberty Door and Awning to efficiently install your new retractable awning. To schedule a free consultation and receive a custom quote, get in touch with our team today!


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