Retractable Vs Stationary Awnings: What’s Best For Your Home?
Posted by Canglow
When it comes to installing an awning for your home, there are so many designs to choose from that the “best” one would probably be your pick among really good options. Building owners and architects can create distinct awnings for each situation. That said, you will probably need to choose between retractable and stationary awnings. Here’s an indepth look at both of them:
Overview of retractable awnings These awnings offer a lot of variability, such that you can get a different look for each season, or get on-demand coverage for only certain parts of the day. Retractable awnings typically have moving parts, which makes them quite costly compared to stationary awnings. Other characteristics of retractable awnings include:
- Typically made of fabric due to its flexibility for easy roll up
- Higher cost due to moving parts
- Option for motorized remote control or old-fashioned hand crank to unfurl/retract the awning
- Options for greater customization, such as adding sensors that automatically opens the awning when it gets too hot and retracts them when it gets chilly
- Easy to close up for winter to optimize natural light
- Option for a genuine historic look
- Greater strength due to permanent installation.
- Lots of options for materials, including all-aluminium, fabric-covered frame, or a section containing clear thermoplastic material or speciality panels with louvres.
- Can be designed in any shape – since they are permanent installations.
- They tend to be considerably larger than retractable awnings since you can support them with posts underneath.
- Can be designed as a free-standing canopy structure.