Choosing an awning takes planning to figure out which one is right for you. One of the most important factors when choosing an awning is knowing when you plan to use your awning. Some families enjoy escaping the summer sun under the shade of an awning, while others enjoy sitting outside in the cooler spring and fall weather. Different types of awnings are more suitable for different seasons, and it’s important to figure out which one will fit your needs best.
Stationary awnings provide a more permanent covered area for you to enjoy. With their impressive design and ease of customization, they can make any porch or patio become a feature of your home. However, stationary awnings are three season shade systems. They aren’t designed to withstand any type of snow weight, and should be removed before the winter comes. To be safe, removal should occur before the weather turns cold, limiting a stationary awning’s use in the fall. Another type of stationary awning, the free-standing awning, allows for more maneuverability, and can be uninstalled later on than a permanent stationary awning. However these awnings still are not suitable to survive the winter and cannot be used into late fall as a result.
Shade canopies and pergolas are fixed structures, and are designed to withstand the elements. These shade structures do not require removal for the winter, and can be enjoyed throughout the fall without worry of an early snow. When choosing a canopy, be sure that you are comfortable with it becoming a permanent feature of your home. Pergolas provide less protection, as they feature an interlaced design and allow for air flow through them. Vinyl retractable shade pieces can be installed on pergolas, but these should be used with caution in rainy or snowy weather and are better suited for blocking out the harsh sun.
Retractable awnings are a popular and simple shading option for any home. They can be motorized or manual, and allow the owner to easily choose between shade and sun. As well, they don’t require removal for the winter time. The ease of these awnings is what attracts most, as they can be utilized during all four seasons. This means that retractable awnings can easily be deployed on any fall day, and retracted once the weather turns bad. These awnings are fully customizable with options such as mood lighting and shade screens. Be sure to retract your awning if high winds become present, as the lack of leading edge supports makes the susceptible to wind gusts.
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Started in 1904, Durkin’s has become recognized as the premiere awning and canopy provider for the northeast. As a family owned business, we’re committed to customer satisfaction and will stop at nothing to help you find the perfect shade system for your home or business. We offer installation and removal services as well, if your shade system needs to be stored for the winter. Call us at 203-742-2142 to learn more