If you're spending more time at home, you probably like to sit outdoors as much as you can for a change of scenery and to enjoy the weather. However, if your patio is in full sun, you won't be able to tolerate being outside for too long in the summer. If you want to use your patio as much as possible, even when it's rainy or sunny, then you may want to consider getting an awning. There are several choices in outdoor awnings, and here are a few types to consider.
A Roll-Up Awning
An awning that rolls up has the benefit of having its own storage area. As you roll up the awning, the awning wraps around a tube where it is protected from debris accumulation. This differs from a folding awning that creates pleats as it folds that can catch leaves and other debris.
An Automated Awning
An automated awning is an ultimate convenience. You can open and close the awning with a remote which makes it easy for all ages to operate. Being able to roll the awning back protects the awning from strong winds and hail that could damage the fabric and frame if you don't get the awning closed in time. Some motorized outdoor awnings have smart technology, and they can be opened and closed remotely or they can rely on sensors that decide when the awning should open or close.
A Fabric Awning
You can buy plastic or metal awnings, and these have some advantages. However, you may find you prefer a fabric awning. Some of these awnings made from different fabrics are quite popular for patios. Some fabrics to consider are vinyl, acrylic, and even canvas.
In addition to choosing the color and style for your fabric awning, you can decide if you want waterproof fabric so you're fully protected from rain. Consider how well the fabric resists fading, stands up to UV rays, and resists mold. An awning provider can help you choose the ideal fabric for your new outdoor awning.
A Permanent Awning
If you want an awning that is always open, then consider one that has arms that rest against the side of your house or legs that rest on the ground. Arms and legs give your awning extra support when it storms so you can leave the awning up permanently and not worry too much about damage. Just be sure to buy an awning with durable fabric since it will be exposed to the sun daily.
If you don't want to fuss with opening and closing the awning, then supporting it permanently with arms or legs is a good idea. Plus, since the awning won't fold, you can buy one made of metal or other hard material so it has a long life and completely blocks out sun and rain.