Awnings protect your home from sun and rain, saving you money in cooling costs while preventing water leakages. Here’s some things to think about when buying an awning for your home.
Types of awnings
Awnings come in different shapes and sizes, but they fall broadly into two categories: retractable and stationary. A retractable awning is best for decks and windows, where you’ll want control over the elements. That way, you can reel them in when you want to enjoy the sun and roll them out when the rain comes. Stationary models are best for entryways, so you can stop to find your keys in the rain without getting wet.
Consider the climate you live in and where on your home the awning is going. Select features with those factors in mind.
Size: Awnings are measured in width and projection. For width, measure the space between existing mounts, or the width of the window or other feature that needs an awning. Add some inches on either side for a comfortable hanging. For projection (how far the awning can extend from the wall), measure out where it needs to reach, factoring in that awnings drop slightly as they extend out.
Materials: Your awning fabric will either be cotton, aluminum, polyester or vinyl. Cotton, a popular choice for deck awnings, is usually painted to make it more waterproof and give it some colour. Aluminum awnings are made for stormy weather to protect windows from hail and high winds. Polyester and vinyl awnings are probably the most common because they’re already waterproof and available in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
Mounts: Awnings are attached to an exterior wall, exposed rafters or to the roof. Larger awnings will need stronger mounts and frameworks to support the fabric weight. No matter where you install your new awning, make sure the mounts are properly anchored and can withstand its weight.
Factors to consider when buying an awning
Choose awnings based on where they’re going.
Decks and patios: Decks and patios can get very hot in the summer sun, so your deck or patio awning should protect you from rain and sunshine. Make sure your deck awning can cover your furniture during a storm.
Windows: Window awnings can reduce the heat inside your home by as much as nine degrees, significantly cutting your cooling costs in the summer. They can also help control light coming into your home. Match window awnings with your décor.
Doors and entryways: Doorway canopies let you get your keys, mail and pull in your umbrella without worrying about the elements. They also offer a little decorative flourish to your home’s entrances.
Awnings can save you from the heat of the sun and water from the rain. Look for an awning that matches your home, your climate and your budget.