The Many Ways an Awning Adds to Your Home
Whilst a patio awning acts as a canopy or sunshade, there are a range of reasons why awnings provide a valuable addition to any home and garden. Read on to learn more about the benefits of awnings and the ways they will enhance your home for many years to come.
Let’s start with the obvious. A retractable patio awning provides almost instant shade from the sun. High quality awning fabric not only offers shade – it blocks harmful UV rays, helping provide a safer way to enjoy the sunshine, as well preventing the sun’s rays from reaching the glass of patio windows. This considerably reduces solar heat gain in the home, helping provide a cool internal environment when you do decide to go inside.
As we hinted at in our previous point, blocking UV rays also has a positive effect on energy bills. By preventing the build up of heat in the home, less energy is required on air conditioning to cool interiors down to a more comfortable temperature.
When warm weather and sunshine is much rarer than we would like it to be, many of us take the opportunity to spend as much time outside as possible, including meal times. Alfresco dining is a truly summery experience and a chance to relax with family and friends in an informal way.
When you lay your patio table with food, the sun isn’t always your friend. With a little shade and shelter, there is no need to worry about direct sunlight ruining your potato salad!
More living space
You never know when you might need more space. For example, if at any point in the year you are having a party or get-together, extending your awning offers vital extra space, especially when there are too many people to fit into one room. It only takes one or two extra people to make a home feel a little stuffy, so a patio shelter offers important respite. Of course, you could invest in a conservatory or building extension for such occasions, but an awning is a fraction of the cost and has many other benefits.
Shelter from the rain
In the UK, shelter from surprise rainclouds is just as important (if not more so) than sun shade. If you are caught off guard by a sudden shower, then it only takes seconds to take shelter under the canopy until the rain stops, or if the rain lasts, at least you still have a dry outdoor space to enjoy.
Awnings to compliment your home
As well as providing a range of valuable functions, retractable patio awnings can also add to the appearance of your home. Whether you are looking for awning profiles to blend in with the brickwork of your home or to provide a striking contrast, there are many choices available. Depending on your needs, awning fabrics can also be supplied in an extensive range of styles and shades.
To talk to us about the perfect outdoor shades for your home, contact us by calling 0121 241 1531, or request a quote here. We will be very glad to assist you.