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Retractable awnings; a cost-effective shade solution
September 13th, 2014 · Published to Awnings by nicole
Awnings are one of the most popular shade solutions for both residential and commercial structures as they are very effective in controlling the levels of sun exposure and light going through your home or business establishment. Not only do they help you save on energy costs but they also offer protection for your artwork, upholstery and indoor furniture from premature fading. There are two types of awnings; the manually operated ones and those retractable awnings that you can operate with just a touch of a switch, button, or remote control.
The popularity of awnings has not gone unnoticed here at Global Shade. We have industry professionals on hand waiting to assist you with your awning needs. Each is highly trusted when it comes to manufacturing top-notch retractable awnings, fabric awnings, and bar hood awnings. But before you approach us, perhaps you’d like a little more information on exactly what it is you’re considering buying. If you’ve just started looking for shade solutions for your home but not sure if a retractable awning is right for your needs, let me provide you with all the information that you need to know to help you make a well-informed decision.
What is a retractable awning?
A retractable awning is an exterior device, typically placed over exterior doors or over windows, to provide protection not just from the sun but also from inclement weather. One of the things that set them apart from other shade solutions is that they are not stationary. Using an electronic motorised system, you can easily retract the awning when you wish to enjoy direct sunlight or simply extend them on days when protection is desired.
Retractable awnings are supported by metal frames that are either aluminium or galvanised steel. Because they are extremely durable, they can last a lifetime as long as they are used and maintained properly. This makes them one of the best and most cost-effective shade solutions on the market today.
When it comes to fabric, different manufacturers use different fabrics for their awnings. Here at Global Shade, we use Alnet Extrablock, which features high tensile strength and near-equal elongation in the weft, bias directions, and warp. This cloth is fire retardant and offers exceptional protection against UVR and UPF. We also use Naizil PS680; an Italian fabric that boasts great performance. Our awnings come in different colours giving you more options when choosing the best one that will complement the overall appearance of your house.
When it comes to manual vs. retractable awnings, research shows the latter is preferred by most customers as it offers greater convenience. In addition, the ability to simply flip a switch or push a button will encourage you to use your awnings more often.
The many benefits of awnings
Retractable awnings, just like the ones we offer at Global Shade, are designed to give you great value for your money. The benefits they offer are:
- Greater outdoor enjoyment. Retractable awnings are a great solution to easily transform your patio or deck into an inviting outdoor room where you and your family can spend time relaxing regardless if it’s too hot outside or if it’s raining.
- Get UV protection. The one thing that typically holds us back from spending time outdoors during summer months is the fear of the harmful effects of sun’s UV rays. With awnings, you can forget about this. Global Shade’s awnings can block up to 99% of harmful UV rays.
- Save money on electricity bills. Instead of staying indoors and using your AC during summer, retractable awnings let you enjoy the outdoors while giving you that much-needed shade and helping you bring down the temperature naturally.
- Aesthetic appeal. Global Shade’s retractable awnings are designed to ensure that you’ll get that much-needed protection from the sun without compromising on beauty and style. In fact, these awnings are proven to increase the value of your home, as they will make your property look more visually appealing.
Still not convinced that retractable awnings are the best shade solutions for you, continue reading my previous post ‘Why retractable awnings are so handy for the home’. Then, check out our products and order now. We offer obligation-free measure and quote and all you have to do is to call us at 02 6670 8300.