Awnings are a common installation on either residential or commercial properties that act as a sort of extension to your roofing, and consist of metal or cloth that extends out from the side of your building. Retractable awnings are a specific variant of awnings that, as their name indicates, can be extended or retracted as needed depending on the exterior weather. Understanding the benefits offered by retractable awnings can help you decide if installing one on your property is the right fit for your needs.
Reduce Sun Damage
One of the largest advantages associated with installing retractable awnings on your home or business is the fact that doing so can help protect the sides of your property and any patio furniture or other outdoor installations from sun damage. UV exposure over long periods of time can cause bleaching, which can ruin the aesthetic of your siding or outdoor furniture. An added benefit is that awnings installed over windows can help protect interior furniture, carpeting, flooring and other surfaces from sun damage.
Lack of Weather Damage
Another advantage of retractable awnings that becomes apparent when you compare them to permanent awnings is the fact that retractable awnings are much less likely to become damaged due to heavy rains, snow buildup, or other environmental factors which could affect the exterior of your home throughout the year. This means that you are less likely to have to worry about the repair and replacement bills associated with a damaged or broken awning.
One more thing to take under consideration when thinking about installing retractable awnings on your property is that they can create cool spaces around the exterior of your home or business that can increase the amount of usable space that you have. This means that you can transform a sidewalk space into a patio or seating area, either for yourself or for your customers.
Reduced Cooling Bills
Finally, one last benefit associated with retractable awnings in the summer is the fact that by virtue of blocking the amount of sunlight that enters your building, they will also reduce the amount of heat that enters your building. Beyond protecting against UV bleaching, this means that the interior of your property will be kept cooler throughout the summer months, significantly reducing the amount of time that your air conditioner or cooling system will have to operate to keep the interior of your building comfortable and cutting your bills as a result.