5 Benefits of Adding Awnings to Your Home

Posted on June 30th, 2016

Awnings come in a variety of materials, colours and shapes, and they can either be fixed or retractable. Whether you put them over the patio area in your backyard or over every window, awnings have numerous benefits for both the interior and exterior of your home.

In this blog, we discuss five of the top benefits of adding awnings to your home’s exterior.

1. Protects Your Home’s Exterior From the Elements

One of the most obvious benefits of awnings is the protection they provide against the elements. Awnings help protect your home from water damage by preventing rain, hail, sleet and ice from interacting with vulnerable exterior areas. The right all-weather awnings keep precipitation from creating weak points around windows and doors. If you ever forget to close a window during a rainstorm, these awnings won’t let water get into your house.

Awnings also provide shade from the sun’s harsh rays. This shade represents an especially large benefit for porches. When your porch is shaded, you and your family are more likely to spend time outside, benefiting from the fresh air without having to worry about sunburns and overheating.

2. Saves You Money on Your Energy Bill

The shade you benefit from outside on the porch also benefits you inside as well. When the air around your home stays cooler and you reduce the amount of sunlight that filters indoors, your interior stays cooler as well.

During the hotter months of the year, awnings help you keep your home cool without overtaxing your air conditioner. The less you use your A/C, the more your energy bill lowers, cutting costs by up to 50 percent. If possible, shade your walkways and outdoor air conditioning unit for an extra boost.

3. Protects Your Inside Features

Many items inside your home, including your sofa, your carpeting and your paint job all may be bleached and damaged due to long periods of sunlight exposure. When you install awnings above the windows of your home, the shade can keep your furnishings in better shape.

4. Improves the Colour and Shape of Your Home

Of course, one of the most important factors you must consider when deciding to add awnings to your home is the aesthetic appeal. Awnings can add a pop of colour to an otherwise blasé exterior colour palette without going overboard. Painting the entire exterior of your home a bold tone may not work for you, either because of neighbourhood regulations or personal taste, but a touch of colour in an awning could be the perfect fix.

Modern awning options now give homeowners a wide variety of designs to choose from, meaning no matter the architecture of your home, there is an awning to complement it. Awnings make the shape of your home more interesting and add texture in a way that is more comforting and inviting than some other home exteriors.

5. Increases the Value of Your Home

Due to both the energy efficiency and aesthetic appeal of awnings, the value of a home with awnings increases. Potential buyers are more likely to take a second look at your home if they like how it looks and if they know they won’t have to spend a lot on their monthly energy bills.

Awnings also expand the living space of your home, which in turns gives the impression that your home is larger than it actually is. When you create a patio area with complementing furniture, guests, potential buyers and your family are drawn to your home. This area also provides the perfect location for meals, parties and other gatherings.

Consult with a windows furnishing professional today to find the perfect awning choices for you and your home.

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