6 Benefits of Installing a Retractable Awning on Your Patio

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Your patio could be a beautiful sitting area on a partly cloudy day. However, full sunlight or rain forces you to move back inside. It's either too bright, too hot or the rain is pounding too hard to enjoy your beautiful outdoor area. Updating your patio with an awning is a common solution for this problem. A retractable awning can be extended when you need more shade and retracted if you need more sun. 

The following are some of the benefits you can get from installing a retractable awning on your patio. 

Shade From Elements

It can be challenging to furnish a patio if it is exposed to weather elements. Even the most durable furniture created to withstand rain and wind may be too wet to enjoy after a storm.  If you have a retractable awning, you can extend the awning to provide the shelter needed to protect the furnishings and enjoy your outdoors during inclement weather. 

Retractable Awnings Can Be Retracted During Storms

Retracting an awning at the push of a button is very convenient. A fixed awning may require additional upkeep or repairs after strong winds or storms. However, retracting an awning ensures that the system is less likely to suffer damage. 


Retractable awnings come on two basic designs: electric and manual. Many users prefer electric awnings because you can retract them and extend them using a remote control.  As the name suggests, manual awnings require you to manually extend them and retract them. However, they come at a lower price compared to electric awnings. 

Customized Style

You can customize a retractable awning and make it fit within your home's energy needs and architectural style. Not only does it add space and improve your home's overall aesthetic appeal, but it can also increase the amount of space used to create additional living space outdoors.  

Control the Amount of Sunlight

You can control the window awnings to control the brightness in a room. On a cloudy day, you can add light by extending the awning or extend the canopy on summer days when the sun is at its height. 

Reduce Energy Costs 

A retractable awning will help you reduce air conditioning or heating losses. You can retract it on a cool winter's day allowing the sun to warm your room or extend it to keep the sun's blistering heat out of your home during summer.

A retractable awning provides you with the convenience of enjoying a shade on your outdoor patio and retracting it when you need a little more exposure and a little less shade. 

For more information on awnings, reach out to a local home and garden store that offers awning products.


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Home Truths: Decorating Through The Years

I am the proud mother of nine grown up children! There wasn't much money around when they were little, so I was always sewing, knitting, growing vegetables and generally being self-sufficient. Now that they have their own households, you would think that I could rest a little, but I am busier than ever. I am blessed that my children and their partners are talented and have good jobs. However, they are very busy, so most of their home decorating is left up to me. From making curtains to painting bathrooms, I always have at least one project on the go. To tell the truth, I really enjoy it and it makes me feel that all my skills gained over the years are useful. I thought that people might like to read this blog which shares a lot of tips and ideas. I really hope you enjoy scanning through these pages.