Awnings are beautiful and a worthy addition to every home. These pieces of art can not only be used to decorate your home, but also improve energy savings in the same. Window awnings, for example, help reduce heat loss in cold weather/winter as well as reduce heat gain during summer. It is for this reason and more that many people are inclined into investing in quality awnings for their homes. Although almost all awnings serve a similar purpose, it’s advisable to choose the right one for the application, and for your home as well. Outlined below are the various types of awnings available in the market, and how they can be of benefit to your home.
Types of Window Awnings
1. Automatic Window Awnings
These types of awnings work by sliding up and down and can be adjusted to provide maximum shade in the house. Some of these awnings come with sun, rain, or wind sensors, which activate the awning to either retract or extend for better protection. Most people, however, prefer these, as they can be customized to fit any window, and do not need to be controlled manually.
2. Retractable Awnings
Retractable awnings come in the form of automatic and manually operated ones. These are mounted on the wall, just above the window, to help provide UV protection in the house. One of the main advantages of going for these awnings is the fact that, they can be retracted safely (automatically or manually) to a slim housing, which helps protect them from bad weather and such.
3. Fixed Window Awnings
Unlike retractable awnings that can be retracted, fixed window awnings remain in a fixed guide rail permanently regardless of the weather. These awnings are however made of a much tougher material that can withstand all types of weather. The awning frame/rail, however, has to be mounted on the wall properly to help it withstand weight from snow or strong winds.
4. Drop Arm Awnings
This type of window awning is mostly found in crowded areas or houses near a high traffic area or neighborhood. Aside from providing heat and cold protection, drop arm awnings help ensure maximum privacy even when the windows are open. This is because of the awning frame and fabric art at a ninety-degree angle over the window, leaving only the lower end. The awning fabric, however, allows some light to pass through for room illumination but blocks clear line of sight for people on the other side.
5. Portable Awnings
Portable awnings are usually large though can be dismounted for easy transport. This type of awning is mostly used over large windows next to an en-suite master bedroom, where the windows could be allowing too much light or the sun. The awning can, however, be moved based on the sun’s trajectory, thus providing optimal cover.
Aside from the various types of window awnings, experts recommend looking for the best awning material/fabric possible. The awning material should be capable withstanding harsh weather, such as in cold winters and stormy days.Durability is also another factor to consider when choosing an awning fabric/material.
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