Do you need a patio awning for your lovely patio off of your backyard that only gets half use it could because of rain or far too bright sun? Installing a patio awning to shade and protect it can be almost as good as adding a room to your home!
When choosing a patio awning, you’ll need to consider a number of things – area that needs to be covered, structure on which awning will be installed (usually your house), weather conditions in your area, cost and aesthetics. There are many types and styles of patio awnings available to suit your needs – once you’re certain what your needs are.
The most often stated reasons for installing a patio awning are:
- Protection from Weather
A patio awning provides shade from sun and cover from rain, to extend usability of your patio and make it more comfortable at all times of day.
- Protection of Your Investment
Patio furniture and wood floors or patio carpets are a substantial financial investment. A patio awning helps protect that investment from damaging UV rays of sun. In addition, if your patio has full glass sliding doors, patio awning will also help protect carpets and furnishings inside your home from those same harmful rays.
- Energy Efficiency
Besides shading patio itself, installing a patio awning can reduce heat of your home’s interior by as much as 70%, which can be a major savings in electricity if you’re paying for air conditioning.
- Low construction costs
Patio awnings – even fancy retractable ones with built-in lighting and heating – cost far less than adding a full room to your home, but in many cases, effect is almost same – expanded living and entertainment space.
Patio awnings come in an almost limitless array of colors and designs. A well-made patio awning can add beauty to your home while providing shade and comfort for you.