How to Use Awnings at Home

Awnings for homes are commonly found in hot weather climates where protection from the sun ensures you have additional opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. We’ve all had the experience of standing in the rain fumbling for keys to open a door, or sitting on the back patio and wishing we had a bit more shade during a warm afternoon.

But even where the weather is not a primary motivator, people often look to these great additions to add style, re-sale value and a bit of extra utility to a home by incorporating extra coverage to your home’s exterior. Architects and designers often turn to awnings as the piece that really helps a home stand out from the rest, and with the different styles, fabrics, shapes and materials to choose from there is no shortage of creativity when it comes to accenting a home with a unique twist.

The material you select for an awning is then built or stretched over a base frame mounted to the home and built out in a truss like shape. There are, however, a number of other materials from which awning can be constructed like aluminum, Lexan, plastic, multiple layers of mixed materials and more and you’d probably get the best awning from one of the most trusted supplier and installer like the Auckland Pergolas Patios Carports.

Places we typically see home awnings installed:

  • Windows
  • Doors (front and back)
  • Awning

Big companies like Stratco and Auckland Pergolas Patios Carports have a huge array of awnings to suit a variety of functional and aesthetic requirements, and because they are of the highest quality you can be sure they offer a whole selection of other benefits you might not have considered, such as:

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Protection from the sun

To some people, when the sun does come out, it can actually be more of a nuisance than a blessing. A patio awning can then provide the ideal outdoor shade, so your family can enjoy the warm weather without having to retreat indoors.

Whether you choose to use an awning to create a shaded al fresco dining area, a cool place to relax after a spot of gardening, or a safe place for the children to play on sunny days, awning from Auckland Pergolas Patios Carports can reduce the temperature in the shaded area by as much 20 degrees, lowering the risk of heat stroke and sunburn.

Extend your living space

An awning by Auckland Pergolas Patios Carports will give you the benefit of extending your living space into the garden, essentially giving you an extra room. Of course, this won’t see your house price rise dramatically, as an extension would, but it will give the illusion of more space in your home, enhancing your curve appeal as well as the enjoyment you and your family get from your home.

The awning will not only provide shade and shelter for people, but if you choose to furnish your outdoor space, with sofas or a table and chairs, your furniture will be better protected against the effects of the sun and rain too.

Evening entertaining

During the summer, we all like to make the most of the long summer evenings. So even if the temperatures aren’t soaring, enjoying a BBQ or a few drinks in the garden with family and friends is the perfect end to a summer’s day.

The shelter an awning can provide allows you to spend longer in the garden, without the wind or a little drizzle ruining your evening plans.

Energy saving

If your house is in full sun all day it can absorb the heat, releasing it in the evenings and making your home uncomfortably hot.

Air conditioning units can be expensive to run, and aren’t particularly environmentally friendly, but a well-placed awning can protect your home from the full force of the sun. It will shade your windows and walls during the day, so the heat isn’t absorbed by your home, helping to keep a more comfortable temperature overnight.

Complement your garden design

Whether you’re a keen gardener, or prefer to keep things minimal so you can enjoy your garden without maintaining it, you can find a canopy or awning that will complement the design of your outdoor space.

With a huge choice of styles and colours available – from a modern steel frame with a chic cream canopy, to a bright and colourful awning that will create the perfect play space for the kids – you don’t have to settle for a basic, functional awning by Auckland Pergolas Patios Carports if you want a shaded outdoor area. The design of your awning is just as important as the decor you choose for the inside of your home, so you can be as imaginative or stylish as you want.

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