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Answering Four Of Your Questions About Awning Installation

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The installation of a residential awning is an excellent choice for homeowners wanting more shade. Furthermore, a residential awning can improve the home's look and boost its energy efficiency.  

Can A Residential Awning Have Retractable Screens?

While an awning can provide shade from the sun, it also offers other types of protection. Awnings can use retractable screens to enclose the space under them. This screen will keep Insects and other pests out of this space. When choosing an enclosure, the mesh should be fine. Smaller openings in the mesh can stop mosquitoes and other pests from squeezing through.

What Material To Use For A Residential Awning?

The materials you choose for your awning play a significant role in its appearance and durability. To this end, there are several materials commonly used in these structures. Vinyl is a common material for residential awnings. Its affordability, light weight, and durability make it an excellent option for most residential awnings. Canvas is another material often used in awnings. In particular, canvas is popular for retractable awnings due to its foldability and aesthetic options. Various colors and designs can be printed on the canvas to provide a custom look. While it may seem like canvas will not be durable enough for use in awnings, it can last for years. Some awning canvases are removable, which makes cleaning easier.

Will Your New Awning Be Easily Damaged By Storms?

Concerns about the risk of storm damage can lead to homeowners deciding against installing an awning. Fortunately, awnings may not be as vulnerable to this damage as a homeowner assumes. Retractable awnings can be storm-resistant due to their ability to retract when bad weather approaches. This drastically reduces the awning's profile, which limits the stress the wind may put on it. It also reduces the risk of damage from flying debris. Some modern retractable awnings may have wind sensors that can automatically retract the awning if strong winds are detected. These sensors help to keep your awning safe even if you are not home to retract it.

Are Motorized Awnings Reliable?

Motorized awnings can make retracting and extending them a straightforward process. For most of these systems, a central control panel or remote is needed to extend or retract the awning. These systems require minimal maintenance, but they still provide exceptional reliability. These motors may last for years before they suffer enough wear to warrant replacement. Periodically lubricating these motors can extend their lifespan by reducing this wear.

For more information about awning installation, contact a local contractor.