Add some cool with Awnings
Did last summer's hot sun turn your deck or patio into an area to look at rather than enjoy? Are you too impatient to wait for those shade trees to grow enough to cast a shadow before you enjoy your investment?
You're not alone. Too often, just when the weather starts to be enjoyable, the sun turns many decks, patios and barbeque areas into afternoon ovens. This is especially true in areas with southern or western exposure. The answer might simply be a solution that's been around for decades - awnings; and although awnings may have been around for years, a few new technological developments have pushed awning design squarely into the foreseeable future.

Awnings provide a great spot to socialize, and help transform a living space into the perfect location to relax and entertain. While awnings have many aesthetic benefits, they can also dramatically help reduce cooling costs. According to the American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers, fabric awnings can reduce heat absorption by 55-65% on southern facing windows, and 72-77% on those with direct western exposure. This reduction can be extraordinarily significant, as on a hot summer day more energy comes through one square foot of glass than through an insulated wall. With the temperature reduction and unique ambiance created by fabric awnings, you can enjoy a more comfortable and luxurious extension of your home into the outdoors. For more information, please click here for summary report. For the full report please click here

Types of Awnings
Deck and patio awnings come in three main types: lateral arm retractable, side arm retractable and traditional patio canopies are the type you might see at a country club - colorful striped fabric over a steel frame with scalloped valance around the perimeter. This type of structure has the advantage of allowing for very customized construction and installation. Additionally, screening can be added to create a reasonably priced bug-resistant porch area.
A development which has significantly improved the use of awnings is that cotton canvas in seldom used anymore. Cotton canvas would quickly fade and mildew. We now use high quality acrylics which, although they look identical to canvas, are guaranteed fade and mildew resistant. There are well over 100 colors and patters available

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