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5 Ways to Choose the Right Retractable Awnings for Your Home

October 9, 2023

As the scorching summer sun intensifies, finding ways to beat the heat becomes a top priority. One effective solution is installing retractable awnings in your home. These versatile shade systems provide relief from the sun’s rays, enhance outdoor living spaces, and contribute to energy efficiency. However, with a myriad of options available, choosing the right retractable awnings for your home can be a daunting task. We’ve put together some key factors to consider when selecting the perfect retractable awning for your needs.

1. Purpose and Location

Before you begin your search, it’s important to determine the purpose and location of your retractable awning. Are you looking to create shade over a patio, deck, or window? Will it primarily be used for outdoor entertainment or relaxation? Understanding the purpose and location will help you narrow down your options and choose an awning that suits your specific requirements.

2. Size and Style

The size of your retractable awning is crucial for optimal coverage and functionality. Consider the dimensions of the area you want to shade and choose an awning that provides adequate coverage. Additionally, select a style that complements the architecture and aesthetics of your home. Whether you prefer traditional, modern, or a more unique design, there are awning options to suit every taste.

3. Material and Durability

Retractable awnings are available in various materials, each with its own set of advantages. Common materials include acrylic, vinyl, and polyester. Acrylic offers excellent UV protection and is highly resistant to fading, making it a popular choice. At SummerSpace®, you’ll find marine-grade Tempotest® fabric with an array of beautiful color options. The Hi-Clean® finish works to protect your awning against the elements as well as contaminants like grease, water, and oil, for one of the most durable awnings on the market. Some SummerSpace awnings even have an optional wind sensor feature that retracts your awning automatically, so you can have peace of mind when it comes to protecting your awning investment. 

4. Motorized or Manual Operation

Retractable awnings can be operated manually or motorized, each with its own benefits. Manual awnings are generally less expensive and offer a simple, easy-to-use mechanism. On the other hand, motorized awnings provide the convenience of effortless operation with the touch of a button or remote control. 

5. UV Protection and Energy Efficiency

One of the primary reasons for installing retractable awnings is to protect against harmful UV rays. Look for awnings that offer a high level of UV protection. This will help safeguard your family and furnishings from the sun’s damaging effects. Additionally, awnings can contribute to energy efficiency by reducing solar heat gain, which can lower cooling costs during the hot summer months.

Retractable awnings are a practical and stylish addition to any home, providing shade and comfort during the summer season. At SummerSpace, we make it easy to find the right retractable awning for your home. By considering the purpose, size, material, operation, UV protection, and brand reputation, you can choose the perfect retractable awning that suits your needs and enhances your outdoor living spaces. Find your local SummerSpace dealer today to learn more! 

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