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5 Considerations When Buying High-Quality Retractable Awnings

Retractable awnings are a worthy addition to any home or business. They offer the convenience of shade when you need it and sun when you want it. However, there are a few considerations to keep in mind when purchasing a high-quality retractable awning.

Customizing Retractable Awnings

At SummerSpace®, we understand that no two homes are alike. Therefore, each enhancement made to a home needs to include some level of customizability. This is the approach we take when manufacturing our awnings. 

It’s important to consider some of your home’s variable characteristics in order to select an awning that works for you. Let’s discuss some of these considerations so you make an informed decision.

1. Direction of the Awnings

The direction in which you choose to install your retractable awnings will greatly affect their sun exposure. If you want to get the most out of your awnings, then you should install them on the south-facing side of your home or business. This is because the sun is highest in the sky during the summer months, and it will be more intense on the south-facing side of your building.

2. Size of the Awnings

The size of the awnings you choose will also depend on the direction in which you install them. If you are installing your awnings on the south-facing side of your building, then the increased solar exposure may call for a larger awning for more coverage. 

Similarly, if you are installing your awnings on the east or west-facing side of your building, then you will need to consider the angle of the sun during the winter months. In this case, you may want to choose a smaller awning size to allow for more sunshine during the winter months.

3. Choosing the Best Color

Choosing the right color for your retractable awnings is important for both aesthetic and functional purposes. If you are looking for a more traditional look, then you may want to consider choosing a neutral color such as beige or gray. However, if you want your awnings to make a statement, then you may want to choose a bold color such as red or blue.

From a functional standpoint, lighter colors will reflect more heat and, therefore, be cooler to the touch when exposed to the sun. Darker colors, on the other hand, will absorb more heat and, consequently, feel warmer. In any case, SummerSpace retractable awnings will reduce the overall temperature of your shaded space by as much as 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

4. Adding a Cassette

A cassette is an optional add-on feature that provides protection for the awning fabric when it is retracted. The cassette is essentially a protective housing that covers the fabric and helps keep it clean and dry.

If you live in an area with variable weather conditions, then a cassette may be a good investment. It will protect your fabric from rain, snow, and wind damage, and extend the life of your awning.

With a SummerSpace retractable awning, you can choose between a full cassette (a housing that completely encapsulates the fabric) or a semi-cassette (a housing that covers the upper half of the rolled-up fabric).

5. Where to Buy Your Retractable Awnings

Finally, one of the most important things you will need to consider is where to buy your retractable awnings. SummerSpace has been manufacturing premier shade solutions for over 40 years. Our retractable awnings give you the option to customize the size, color, and features in a way that best complements your home.

As a first step, we recommend looking at our gallery for inspiration on how to increase the style and functionality of your home or business with a retractable awning. Then, head over to our convenient Plan Your Project tool where you can make the best choices for your shade solutions. Finally, get in touch with a SummerSpace dealer near you. They can help you answer any of your questions whether they’re about awning design or installation. Get started dreaming about the SummerSpace awning that’s right for your home.

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