What is the difference between stationary and retractable awnings?
Stationary Awnings consist of a welded metal skeleton frame to which awning fabric is attached. These awnings come in all shapes and sizes, all being custom made to order. The basic rule of thumb when designing a Stationary Awning is that "if you can draw it, it can be built". Typically Fixed Awnings are for smaller areas such as windows, doors, alcoves, entry ways & walk ways. Canopy Awnings are typically a form of Fixed Awnings that cover larger surfaces and require posts and/or structural supports.
On the other hand a retractable awning offers movement due to spring-loaded arms that support the awning and provides the option of sun or shade. These lateral arm awnings are designed to be self-supporting and eliminate the need for poles and framework (a good-quality retractable awning should not need support poles). This style of awning relies on a secure structure mounting and its spring-loaded arms for its support.
Why would I want my retractable awning motorized?
What could be more convenient than simply flipping a switch and watching your awning roll out on its own. Once the awning is fully extended or retracted, the awning will stop automatically. You may also stop the retractable awning in any position with the switch. Research has shown that a motorized awning is used four times as much as a manual awning.
Why should I get a deck or patio awning instead of an umbrella?
An awning is more durable and can be designed and constructed to meet the unique configuration of your home. Awnings can cover a larger area than a shade umbrella and set the boundaries for an outdoor living room. An umbrella is highly susceptible to wind damage, must always be operated manually and shades a much smaller space.
How does an awning make my deck or patio cooler?
Your awning will keep your deck or patio up to 20 degrees cooler, and will subsequently keep the inside of your home cooler as well. By preventing the sun from shining through a door or window, the inside stays cooler, which reduces air-conditioning costs and prevents fading of your furnishings. Also, many awning fabrics are woven, which allows air to circulate through the fabric instead of letting heat build up under your awning.