Spotlight on: Retractable Awnings
When it comes to reducing the amount of heat, glare and sunlight entering your home, there’s no doubt retractable awnings are a product to have on your radar. Here’s everything you need to know about retractable awnings:
Benefits of Retractable Awnings
They’re great for reducing heat
Designed to maximise comfort by minimising sun exposure, retractable awnings (aka folding arm awnings) do a brilliant job at keeping the sun at bay and moving heat away from your window, making them a more efficient (and cost effective) option than internal blinds alone.
You can enjoy your outdoor space more often
Designed to fold out and retract when not in use, these awnings can create shade over your garden or table, when you need it. Not only perfect for getting more use out of your space, they double to extend the lifespan of your outdoor furniture, too.
They can save you money
Retractable awnings can often end up saving you money in the long term, because of the shade they provide to the inside of your home. Your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard to cool your home, which results in lower electric bills (and significant savings!).
They’re available in a huge range of colours and styles
Think awnings are outdated? Think again. Not only are retractable awnings bang-on-trend in 2017, these days they come in so many styles, colours and fabrics, there is bound to be an option to complement your home design. Choose from high-quality fabrics including polyester, cotton, canvas, acrylic, mesh, block-out and sunscreen (confused? Check out our ABC’s of blinds).
They’re retractable to fold away when not in use
Retractable awnings have a cantilevered structure, which means they’re fully supported by the building and can retract completely against the wall. The ability to retract means they’re able to stay out of the elements when not in use, extending their lifespan so they remain a solid investment for much longer.
Cleaning your awnings is a must
All awnings need to be cleaned somewhat regularly (at least once per season), especially if your awnings are prone to moisture or dust, which can lead to unhealthy mould growth. Give them a wipe down and a bit of TLC, and they’ll be serving you well into the future.
They’re more expensive than regular awnings
Sure, non-retractable awnings are cheaper, but they’re also more likely to be damaged by the elements. Having the ability to fold your awnings away during very bad weather means you can keep them protected and secure for much longer.
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