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An Interesting Way to Make the Most of Your Home’s Outdoor Spaces

People are considering having outdoor living rooms recently. It allows them to enjoy the warm weather from their backyard, decks or patios. With outdoor living spaces like this, your family will have a perfect venue to relax. There’s only so much you can do outdoors such as cooking, dining or engaging in long conversations with family and friends. When staying outdoors, you can use additional shade and protection against bad weather conditions.

Retractable awnings allow you to create shade for your outdoor spaces. Instead of constructing your own patio cover, you can use these awnings to block sun and rain, when needed. You can easily extend or retract it, when the need arises. 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. Handheld control is being used to operate automatic awnings remotely. You can also have it wired if you wish to 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 do not wish to spend too much on constructing permanent patio and/or deck covers, using retractable awnings is a wise option to consider. 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. Another interesting thing about it is the minimal maintenance requirements. As for getting rid of stains, manufacturers normally provide cleaning instructions.

Retractable awnings do not only protect your outdoor spaces. It also offer protection indoors. Because it blocks the sun before it enters your windows and doors, it provides protection to your flooring, drapes and furniture. It is because of this that it can help reduce the temperature inside your home and lower heat gain, too. 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. Oftentimes, however, most homeowners prefer to find a handyman or a carpenter to do the installation. Most retailers also provide installation services so all you have to do is inquire. Average costs for installing 16 to 30-feet wide awnings may range from $175 to $300. With retractable awnings, you can enjoy your outdoor areas even more.