Why get an awning or canopy, it’s simple: Energy Savings; Weather Protection (sun, rain, snow, sleet, hail, wind); and Architectural Aesthetics or what some might call curb appeal.
Today’s modern fabrics are long-lasting, bright, easily cleaned, strong and flame-retardant. Modern frame materials offer high strength-to-weight ratios and corrosion resistance. The proper combination of these materials can result in safe, strong, economical and attractive awning that will last! Sunbrella fabrics offer a wide variety of colors and patterns that will let you be creative with your outdoor living space.
If you look at the Energy Savings aspects of an awning you’ll realize it goes far beyond the aesthetic or curb appeal. Although awnings can enhance the look of your home or business by adding color, shape and dimension, they also protect furniture, floors and carpets from fading, saving you money on a remodel and saves energy to boot!
Energy-saving benefits: In a typical home, more energy is transferred through glass windows and doors than through any other building construction component. In fact, on a hot day, more energy comes through one square foot of glass than through an entire insulated wall. Solar radiation (infrared light) through glass is responsible for approximately 20 percent of the load on an air conditioner. An awning can substantially increase energy savings, even over film and tinted glass options. Studies by the American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers show that during the period of the day when the sun shines directly on southern-facing windows, a fabric awning reduces heat gain by 55 to 65 percent. For western exposure, the reduction in heat gain is 72 to 77 percent in some areas of the country.
Next week we’ll share another advantages of purchasing an awning for your home.