Porch Awnings Offer Protection From the ElementsContributed By: BAG Editors
If you have a front or back porch on your home, then installing a porch awning may be a wise choice for offering protection from the elements. Porch awnings come in many forms and many homes with porches on them already have awnings installed when the porch is built. But, if your porch is an open area or your existing porch awning is in need of replacement, then you can choose from among the variety of styles of porch awnings currently available on the market.
Porch awnings are beneficial because they provide cover from the grueling effects of the sun, shield homeowners and belongings from the wind and provide a cover from rain or snow. By installing porch awnings on your home, you offer yourself the opportunity to get more use out of your porch area without having to be a slave to the effects of the weather. A porch awning is also helpful in protecting your outdoor patio furniture from shading or premature wear because the furniture is shielded from the harshest effects of the weather. The awnings also often add value to your home.
If you are in the market for front or back porch awnings, then consider some of the different styles available before making a decision to purchase. These awnings can also be used over decks, patios, windows or doors as well. When they are installed over patios, they are often referred to as patio covers.
Types of Porch Awnings:
Aluminum Porch Awnings – Aluminum porch awnings are among the more popular types of awnings for porches that you will find. This is because aluminum is a sturdy material that is also low maintenance and well priced. Aluminum porch awnings can be ordered in many custom colors, and most manufacturers bake the color right into the aluminum which makes them hold up well and resists fading and flaking of the color.
Metal Porch Awnings – Metal porch awnings are similar to aluminum in the style and construction of the awning, but metal is a sturdier (and sometimes pricer) option. Metal porch awnings are a good choice in places where there is more severe weather or in more commercial structures that receive a lot of wear and tear, although they are also perfect to use if you are looking for a front porch awning or something for the backyard as well. Some people even use this type of awning as a carport, to provide a covered space to park their car or extra vehicle.
Canvas Porch Awnings – If you are looking for a more custom look for your porch, deck or patio, then canvas porch awnings may be just what you are looking for. With these types of awnings you can choose from among a variety of colors and patterns to best suit the style and décor of your home. A canvas porch awning is lightweight and affordable. The awnings are also easily customized to fit any shape or size and to contain different finished edges which will offer a unique and custom look. Canvas porch awnings can be protected with a variety of finishes that repel water and avoid mold, mildew and dirt build-up on the awning.
Retractable Porch Awnings – A retractable porch awning offers the best of both worlds because the awning can be opened up when protection from the elements is needed or rolled up when it is not. Retractable porch awnings are among the most versatile of awnings because they allow homeowners to use the awnings only when needed. Retractable awnings usually have canvas coverings and there are a variety of options available for operating the awning.
Caravan Porch Awnings – If you are looking for an awning for your camper or caravan, rather than your home, then a caravan porch awning is just what you are looking for. Caravan porch awnings allow owners of caravans, campers or RV’s to set up a porch space that offers some respite from the weather. Caravan porch awnings are available in the same types of materials and styles that home porch awnings are offered, but the construction of them is slightly different to accommodate attachment to the caravan or RV itself. Caravan porch awnings are typically collapsible or retractable so that when you are ready to hit the road, there is not a long process needed to disassemble the porch awning. The most popular materials for caravan porch awnings are canvas or vinyl, rather than metal or aluminum.
Porch awnings are usually custom ordered to the specifications of the porch or other area you are looking to cover. When you are looking to provide shelter over your front porch, back porch, deck, patio or other area, it is best to call a local company that specializes in porch awnings. They will usually come out to your home to measure the space, offer material and finish options, discuss pricing and provide installation information. It is always good to talk to a few different porch awning specialists prior to purchasing, to check references or to ask for recommendations from others that you know have purchased porch awnings so that you can feel confident that you are ordering from a reputable and quality company.