Free Standing Awning
When it comes to awnings, you would have a choice of three options to include fixed, retractable, and free
With a fixed awning, you have an attachment that is permanently affixed to the home, meaning it cannot be moved
or adjusted. A retractable awning is one that can be extended and retracted, manually or automatically, depending
on the design. While this is the most expensive of the three, it is also a very popular choice.
However, the third option is a free standing awning, which is the most affordable, and therefore,
another great consideration. A free standing awning is designed so it does not extend or retract but for instances
of a limited budget and a space that cannot accommodate much weight, this is the perfect solution. You will also
find these awnings come in a variety of styles and colors.
A free standing awning offers a number of other benefits. For instance, a good quality choice can block out as
much as 99% of the sun’s UV rays. In addition, an awning prevents up to 94% of light. Because of this, a free
standing awning is a great way to cut back on energy use, which means the cost of running the air conditioning unit
in the summer is reduced. With the awning in place, both heat and sun are blocked out from going through the
windows and into the home.
Additionally, a free standing awning is nice in that it is always up so regardless of the year or the weather,
the outdoor area can be enjoyed more. For instance, on a rainy day, you could still sit outdoors on the deck or
patio without worrying about getting wet. Then in the hot summer months, a free standing awning provides a shaded
area that is cool and comfortable.
Then, a free standing awning actually takes an ordinary space and turns it into a place that can be used for
personal enjoyment or weekend entertainment. With so many different sizes, styles, shapes, and colors, you can
choose whatever type of awning will not only make your outdoor space better but also enhance the color and style of
the home. Therefore, whether your home was built with Victorian, Cape Cod, contemporary, or traditional
architecture, there are a number of awning choices to consider.
For material, most often you would find the free standing awning made from canvas although they are also made
with aluminum. When it comes to reflecting light, aluminum does a much better job and in fact, this material is the
better choice for keeping the area cool. You will also find that a free standing awning made from aluminum is more
durable, most lasing for the life of the home.
For a canvas free standing awning, you would find them to be affordable and available in many more options as
far as choice. However, these awnings usually need to be replaced every eight to twelve years, as they will begin
to fade and deteriorate. Even so, you may find that you prefer canvas over aluminum. You will simply need to look
at your options and talk to a professional who can guide you to buying the right free standing awning, one that
will make your outdoor life better.