Awnings

Made in the shade patio awning options

Patios and decks are meant to be enjoyed. But it's kind of difficult to take pleasure in lounging around the backyard when you're feeling the burn of the summer sun beaming down on you. Well, even if you can't afford one of those fancy enclosed sunrooms, with the help of patio and deck awnings you can easily shade your family and protect your patio furniture from the ravages of the sun.

Benefits of Awnings

Every homeowner wants to get the most out of their living space – but not everyone can afford to add custom additions to the backyard. Awnings can add the feeling of additional living space to your home by enabling you to sit under a covered structure, and enjoy your favorite magazine or a meal with friends. Outdoor valances are easy to install, and some of them can reach up to 30 feet. So even if you have a large space to cover, your family can still enjoy the affordability of deck or patio awnings.

Awnings and shade structures come in a variety of styles, and even oddly shaped patios can be covered with retractable awnings. Retractable awnings operate with a crank or motor, and they don't require any framework. Awnings that retract are perfect for families with large outdoor pets that may be a bit rambunctious around freestanding structures.

Freestanding awnings and shade structures are slightly cheaper than retractable awnings. The framework that supports these shade structures are made from either galvanized steel or aluminum, and are designed to withstand smoldering outdoor temperatures.

Awning Care

Awnings are made from woven acrylics or vinyl, so they last for several years. But if you want to maximize the life of your outdoor valance, it must be cared for properly:

  • Spray your awning off with plain water periodically.
  • Use a firm broom to brush the dirt off your awning as needed.
  • Remove stains such as bird droppings immediately.
  • Repair rips right away to prevent the wind and rain from making them larger.
  • Use a mild detergent and water to deep clean your awning twice per season.
  • Let your awning air dry to prevent shrinkage.
  • Store your awning in a dry place during the winter months.

An awning is a budget-friendly way to shade your deck or patio. And with the proper care and maintenance, it can make your backyard the ideal place to lounge for years to come.

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