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Not all Awnings Were Created Equal

Awnings are a valuable home design element that our grandparents knew all about. Before air conditioning was created, awnings were used to shade interiors and help keep houses cool. With the focus today being on sustainable design, there’s renewed interest in the use of awnings.

Awnings are mainly used to block the sunlight from entering the house and keeping your house cool on hot days. They can be removed or retracted during the winter months when you need warmth and crave light. Depending on the type of material you select, you may also be able to also keep harmful UV rays from damaging your skin and causing discoloration in your fabrics.

Window awnings are known to reduce solar heat gain in the summer by up to 65% on south-facing windows and 77% on west-facing windows, according to studies conducted in the U.S. Besides all of that great money- and energy-saving features, awnings are also an aesthetic investment. Vibrant fabrics, stripes and scalloped borders are just a couple of the options. Awnings bring softness, pattern, color and nostalgic charm to any home.

Modern coastal homes typically like to install large, retractable canvas awnings to add a touch of traditional style. They can also make the outside veranda feel more enclosed and provides much-needed shade. Retractable awnings also offer curb appeal and transforms a space out front into an extra outdoor room only shaded. A popular design, retractable awnings have poles for support, but there are also other alternatives that do not require the additional poles for support.

Another popular awning design is spear awnings because they are typically used to add more style to the exterior of a home. Made with wrought iron spears, they add a traditional touch to the exterior of different styles of homes.

It is important to ask about durability and wind speed when shopping around for awnings. The awning company should be able to tell you how much wind different awnings can stand. There are also motorized versions on the market. Factors to consider when deciding whether to go hand-cranked or motorized are things like the added expense of installation and upkeep for having the ease of simply pushing a button compared with the hand-crank models, which will require less upkeep and maintenance.

With so many options to choose from, one major factor to consider is how an awning will look from the outside of your house and how it can improve the view from the inside of your home as well. If you’re looking to find the perfect awnings to match your needs and the style of your home, visit to view our Sunshine Coast online gallery.



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