Awnings are an important part of most business outlets today for various reasons. Not just business but even homes make use of Awnings to control the amount of sun light and heat to make it a comfortable place to be.
In its basic form, Awnings are very similar to a roof and mostly extends from one of the external walls of the building. Most often, some fabric such as canvas is stretched tightly across a system of frames made out of steel, aluminium or even wood. It serves as a shelter and also restricts the amount of heat and sunlight and even rain under the area that it covers.
Awnings are also used to cover the areas just above the windows to stop excessive light. This also serves as protection for the windows as well and they will stay in a better condition for a longer duration.
Today, there are numerous options that are available for Awnings. One has to think about why they wish to put up an Awning and the purposes that they will serve. Once this is done and there is good clarity about the purpose, you can choose the best type of Awnings for your home or business. For example the area that you may wish to cover might be exposed to sunlight only at certain period of time. In this case you might want to use an Awning that is retractable. A retractable folding arm Awning can be collapsed when not required. This way you have the best of both worlds – Sun when you need it and shade when you don’t.
These retractable awnings can be either manual or through the use of motors. The motorized Awnings can also be programmed in some cases so that the awnings will fold or unfold based on a timer or trigged by light sensors. This adds to the convenience of managing these Awnings. Lately the demand for motorized awnings has increased because of its convenience and affordability.
The fabric to be used for the awnings is yet another decision that you may want to take. The options range from Canvas, Ferrari, Dixon, Brella and Phifer. You can choose the type based on what you wish to achieve. A think dark fabric might suit when you wish to make the place completely dark such as for viewing TV or use a light fabric when your intention is only to restrict the light and the heat. In cases where you are installing an Awning for a shop front, it might also be a good idea to use it for branding and advertising your products.
These are some of the things one needs to think about while selecting the right shutters for your home or shop. A good colour and fabric would add value to your interiors.
Author bio : Robert is an avid blogger and freelance writer. His articles on home improvement are very popular. He has written a case study on plantation shutters in Sydney which has become a ready beckoner for many in the shutters business.
Category: Home Improvement