An Interesting Way to Make the Most of Your Home’s Outdoor Spaces
People are considering having outdoor living rooms recently. Hanging out in the backyard or in your patio and decks is an ideal way to enjoy warm weather. Your family can make the most of these areas to relax and unwind. In the evenings, you can cook, dine, have a drink or chat for long hours. An essential requirement in outdoor living spaces, however, is shade and/or protection against inclement weather.
If you want additional shade in your outdoor space, you can get it from retractable awnings. You can use it to block sun and rain on your decks and patios without having to make major and/or permanent changes in its structure. If you need to, you can just extend your awnings or retract it. Retractable awnings do not come with support beams like the ones used in pergolas and permanent patio or deck covers; hence, views and traffic flow will not obstructed.
If you intend to buy retractable awnings, you can choose between manual and automatic types. You can operate the manual type using a crank or handle that is similar to that of table umbrellas. For the automatic type, however, a handheld control is necessary to operate it remotely. But if you have it wired, you can operate it using an outdoor switch. You can get different types of awnings from different manufacturers and/or retailers. These are often made of durable fabric that usually comes in different colors and patterns. To make sure it fits in your outdoor space, you can have it custom made according to its length and width.
If you find it expensive to construct patio or deck covers, you may opt for retractable awnings. They are usually affordable. Your awnings will last up to 20 years with normal use provided that you do not leave it extended during rain or severe weather, especially during winter. It does not require too much maintenance but you can wash its frame and fabric with mild soap and water at least once a year. Usually, they also come with cleaning instructions from its manufacturers.
Retractable awnings do not only protect your outdoor spaces. It also offer protection indoors. For instance, it prevents damages to your furniture, drapes and flooring by blocking sunlight even before it enters your windows and doors. Through this, it also prevents heat buildup and lowers temperature inside your home. If you plan to install retractable awnings soon, you can do it yourself if you have basic carpentry skills and/or knowledge of home construction. But if you barely have the time, you can also rely on a handyman or a carpenter to install it for you. In fact, there are retailers who provide installation services to their clients, too. Average costs for installing 16 to 30-feet wide awnings may range from $175 to $300. Retractable awnings present numerous benefits and it allows you to make the most of your outdoor space.