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  • Motorized and Manual Retractable Awnings: Pick the Best

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    Retractable AwningRetractable awnings are the attractive overhead coverings you have no doubt seen on windows and doors of buildings and homes. Sometimes awnings cover walkways and display business names. They help provide shading and extra decor, especially on patios.

    Regular awnings are designed to stay in place year round, whereas the retractable types can be taken down and stored when not in use. The two popular options for retractable awnings are manual and motorized. The following details explain the benefits of retractable awnings in case you are considering them for home improvement:

    Manual

    • A person is needed to turn a crank or handle for opening and closing.

    • Modern awnings do not require much human strength.

    • When power goes out, manual awnings are useful for replacing air conditioning.

    • There are no mechanical problems to worry about.

    • Maintenance is minimal compared with motorized awnings.

    • Manual awnings are more affordable than electric awnings.

    • Easy installation makes manual a more popular choice for the common person.

    • Vertical rods provide additional support.

    Motorized

    • The awning unfurls automatically, powered by an electric motor.

    • Less time is needed for opening and closing awnings.

    • Electric telescoping arms open and close awnings.

    • Motorized awnings look more modern.

    • Sensors can be installed to detect wind motion, activating automatic retraction.

    • Sun sensors automatically control shading and cooling which lowers energy bills.

    Manual or motorized, awnings can help make an outdoor space more comfortable, especially during the summer with their cooling benefits. Some people prefer manual awnings because they don’t want to bother with wiring issues, which can take extra time to set up. Those who prefer motorized awnings don’t mind paying extra for more convenience. Either way, awnings can add a classy appearance and value to your property. If you need expert advice on retractable awnings contact The Awning Company.

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    About Gary Kerr

    Gary Kerr is the Owner of The Awning Company, a pioneer in the awning industry that works withSunbrella outdoor fabric. Kerr is committed to providing the best customer service and high quality shade for patios to his clients. The Awning Company
    is a place where quality meets affordability, and Kerr and his team are dedicated to their work and believe in overall customer satisfaction.

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  • Cool off Ideas Under a Retractable Awning

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    Retractable AwningRetractable awnings serve several purposes. They provide shade and protect interior of your home from damage caused by UV rays, direct sunlight, and rain. Awnings do much more than just cover your patio. When a homeowner has the right type of information, they can choose one of several varieties of patio awnings that will protect their home and family from the heat of the sun and unexpected storms and downpours. Both stationary and retractable awnings provide many different types of benefits and will pay for themselves several times over.

    • Makes an ideal covering for parties and dinners.
      Retractable awnings provide a cool, shaded environment that is ideal for hosting parties or family dinners. They provide ample lighting without the heat and discomfort that is often felt when people are forced to sit in the direct sunlight. Many retractable awnings can be adjusted to pitch downward as the sun sets, offering long lasting protection. Once the sun has gone down, the awning can be put up so that guests can enjoy a night of stargazing.
    • Larger awnings can offer shade for pools and hot tubs.
      Larger awnings can be extended outward to reach over a portion of your swimming pool or to cover a hot tub. While it may not cover the entire pool, it will provide a small amount of shade for an area of the pool. This is ideal for families with small children. Parents want their children to be able to enjoy the pool and with a retractable awning they can do that without worrying about receiving too much sunlight.
    • Offer privacy by preventing neighbors from looking down to your home.
      Neighbors who live in two story homes or apartment buildings often have a birds’ eye view of what goes on in your backyard, and sometimes, even within your home. A retractable awning gives you the privacy you need and deserve and keeps prying eyes from intruding on your personal life. When an awning is pitched at an angle, it can also obstruct the view of individuals who are at ground level.
    • Enhance the look of your home.
      Awnings are made of durable materials and come in a variety of colors, styles and patterns. Their compact design doesn’t detract from the look when they are rolled up and stored. When they are extended, they not only protect the interior and exterior of the home from excessive amounts of sunlight, they beautify and enhance the look of the home. This can result in an increase in the homes’ value as well as a higher re-sell price if you choose to sell your property.
    • Provides cool, shaded area where children can play outside.
      Children love to play outside. Parents often worry about small children and toddlers getting too much sun. A retractable awning provides a safe place for children to play, and even nap, during the hottest part of the day. Adding an awning to your home gives children the opportunity to be outside for much longer periods without risking their sensitive skin to excessive amounts of sunlight.
    • Allows you to relax outside in the heat of the day.
      During the hottest part of the day, being outside can be extremely uncomfortable. With a retractable awning in place, you can enjoy your patio or porch without worrying about the sun beating down on your shoulders.
    • Protects from rain and heavy downpours.
      A sturdy retractable awning will help protect the family from getting wet if a sudden shower would pop up. Awnings not only keep the porch or patio dry, they prevent water from being blown or sent through window screens. While most people are worried about damage from sunlight, rain can also cause damage and should be considered when choosing an awning.

    Contact the professionals at The Awning Company to find out how retractable awnings can help you keep cool in the summer, add value to your home and create a virtual oasis right in your very own back yard. They can give you the information you need to make an informed decision and choose the right type of awning for your personal needs.

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    About Gary Kerr

    Gary Kerr is the Owner of The Awning Company, a pioneer in the awning industry, based at Orange County. Kerr is committed to providing the best customer service and high quality canvas patio covers
    to his clients. The Awning Company is a place where quality meets affordability, and customer satisfaction.

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  • How Alike Are Commercial Awnings and Window Graphics

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    Commercial AwningsWhen shopping for commercial awnings and window graphics, it is easy to get hung up on the differences. There are some key differences that you must consider as you determine which one is the best fit for your company, such as whether or not your space is big enough to allow for awnings.

    Awnings and Graphics: The Similar Ones
    However, there are more similarities than you may realize. If your business can accommodate both awnings and graphics, you can maximize their potential with a combination of the two offerings.

    Shade
    Commercial awnings were invented to provide shade and protect customers from the rain and snow while keeping sun off of the merchandise and store furnishings.

    Most people don’t think about the fact that aside from not protecting customers from inclement weather, window graphics have the same benefits. Look for mesh fabric roll-down blinds and window films that provide shade without blocking the view.

    Curb Appeal
    As many companies are already looking for shade options for their storefronts, it’s an added bonus that these products can also advertise the business. Of course you can select commercial awnings in a solid color or with a simple pattern but why not use the space to display your company name, address and logo as well?

    An awning or a graphic is one of the first things that potential customers will notice about your business. Using engaging, attractive colors and designs will make them want to come in and learn more.

    Versatility
    There aren’t many business investments that provide shade and privacy while also promoting a business. Think about how you can install both awnings and graphics to complement one another.

    As an awning is mounted above eye level, its message should be visible from a distance. Window graphics are more appropriate for detailed information about products and services.

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    About Gary Kerr

    Gary Kerr is the Owner of The Awning Company a pioneer in the awning industry, based at Orange County. Kerr is committed to providing the best customer service and high quality shade for patios to his clients. The Awning Company is a place where quality meets affordability, and Kerr and his team are dedicated to their work and believe in overall customer satisfaction.

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