Saturday, 26 November 2016
Awnings are a great addition to your structures that not only protect your property from natural elements but also bring in an elegant look that are generally made using canvas, cotton or polyester yarn, vinyl laminated polyester fabric etc that come in different colors, graphic designs and sizes fit for your needs. However,buying and installation needs a lot of guide.Aside from awning's beautifying feature, savings and functionality made this miracle home-improvement product a hit. Utilized for both residential and commercial use, window awnings first time buyers will find the process tricky. Free your mind from worries and let the tips below guide you and lead you to your perfect window awning.
Make a survey. This would cover your entire home area. Based with your current window location, identify the direction your windows are facing. Usually, windows that are facing east and west are the ones most hit by the sun's rays. This means that the said awnings on these sides should be longer to cast longer shadows and be more tolerant enough with the sun's glare.
Window measurement. This might be the most basic step but the importance of this tip is amplified by the fact that awnings comes in different sizes and homeowners are clueless about this. If you have a standard size window then you can have a choice of different styles and design. If not, then you can go custom-made ones which can be quite pricey and possibly with limited choice of design and style.
Budget considerations. Your allotted budget will have a huge factor with the type of awning you want to purchase. Certain type of awnings can be more expensive as compared to the other one. For example, canvass awning is relatively cheaper compared to wooden awning. It is crucial to choose the appropriate type and style before finally buying.
Awning types considerations. This covers the type of awnings to be used. Fabric or canvass window awning is the most preferred homeowner's choice. Its relatively affordable price attracted a lot of homeowners to canvass awnings. Caution though for those who are planning to buy this type as this will require them to do a regular cleaning, maintenance as replacement. Canvass tends to fade faster compared to aluminum types so this means a more frequent cover replacement which is an additional spending on the homeowner's side.
Copper awnings probably are the sturdiest and might not be replaced during its lifespan. Among awning types, this type costs more as compared to canvass awnings. This type may be expensive but with lesser maintenance and lesser long-term costs. Aluminum on the other hand is more durable as compared to canvass awnings but not as durable as copper window awnings.
Your house current architectural design is a huge determinant too to the type of awning to be installed. For example, a specific architectural design may require one awning type will goes well with the current house design.
When it comes to the installation of the awnings the first thing you need to look at is the space you want to cover versus the size of the awning and the overhead area that you have available to install it. Many people discount overhead space as a minor consideration, and it is not a deal breaker, but it can have a large impact on how much pitch your awning will have. When people in the awning industry say awning pitch, they mean how many inches does the awning slope down for every 12 inches that it extends from the supporting structure. There are industry standard recommendations, but those vary quite a bit by brand, manufacturer, and size.
The main point to keep in mind with awning pitch is that the main purpose is to keep water rolling down and off the material when it rains. If water pools up it will quickly stress joints, stretch fabrics, and possibly cause the awning to rip or collapse. You want water to flow off the top or side of your awning quickly.
The higher the overhead space that you have for installation, the greater the pitch your awning can have when fully extended, and the greater the height between the roll and the ground. This is significant because people will be walking underneath this. Seven feet is considered to be acceptable since the average person is well below that height, but if you have special considerations, you must take those into account. And, the longer the awning (as in, the further out from the structure it extends), the more room you need to maintain an acceptable pitch.
The next important aspect is the material of the supporting structure. House exteriors come in all different types of finishes, from vinyl siding to cedar shakes to stucco. All these different finishes require different considerations for installations. Different manufacturers have different mounting styles, but you'll have to install several brackets for supports and the awning fabric retainer, plus some track along the top. These brackets need to be flush with the supporting structure so vinyl siding may need to be cut and shims or blocks put in place to keep the hardware proud of the finish surface.
The last thing to keep in mind is that retractable awnings weigh a considerable amount, so you need to make sure that they're attached to studding or some other solid base. They absolutely cannot be attached with any expanding anchors, and I would certainly recommend having a professional perform the installation if you have block or brick exterior.
Even if you don't need awnings to cool your home, they are great additions to the exterior of a home, making it easier to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family. These days newer, stronger fabrics are used for awnings, so you don't have to worry about the elements taking their toll on the fabric and causing premature fading. The awnings of today are also designed with style in mind. Beautiful fabrics make a wonderful addition to any backyard or patio, and you can choose colors and patterns that match your outdoor décor and patio furniture.
You can find awnings in so many styles and colors - it's amazing! Of course, the most important feature of an awning is its ability to shade you from sun and protect you from rain. When you go shopping for this item, buy a quality brand that won't let you down.