Awnings to Cover Your Deck are essential and popular. However, many people still cannot distinguish the types of awnings to be able to install as well as understand the uses of each type.
While there are many options for a covered deck or covered patio, one very popular option is adding and on as a cover to your deck or patio.
But, as with all things home related these days you have many options for your awning system.
This article focuses on the different types of awnings for decks and patios. It does not get into awning options for windows and doors and does not discuss waterfall awnings.
The retractable awning is one that can extend to provide shelter or retract so you enjoy the sun. Not only do they offer outdoor covering options, but you also protect your awning when not using it.
Retractable awnings can be operated manually via a hand crank or extend/retract on it’s own with a motor. If motorized, it can be triggered with a button, remote control or sensor. Sensor-triggered awnings can be programmed to extend when various events occur such as the sun beaming down, rain. Alternatively it can be programmed to retract when it gets windy.
The sensor-triggered retractable awning offers the most convenience, but it’s costly.
The fixed awning is wall-mounted and provides constant shelter. It often, but not always, has additional support poles at the end of the extension for greater durability.
The fixed awning is great if you want to permanently shelter a portion of your deck or patio. You don’t have to fiddle around with any retractable unit; instead it’s often durable and strong providing 24/7 shelter.
There are several portable or freestanding awning options. The 3 main types are:
Portable awnings give you the option to move it around your deck, but they typically won’t provide as much shelter as a wall-mounted awning.
FYI, we have two umbrellas on our patio, which do the job, but inevitably someone at the patio dining table is stuck in the sun. They’re the least expensive deck covering option by far though so if you have limited funds, one, two or three umbrellas will do or you can opt for a canopy.
There are 4 main components to a retractable awning. They are:
You definitely want a durable fabric or material that forms the cover. Ideally, the covering will offer the following benefits:
If you want more shade, consider getting an awning with a dropshade. Here’s an example – notice how the fabric drops down almost enclosing the space under the awning.
The frame supports the awning. Most are made of aluminum or galvanized steel. Aluminum is lighter and won’t corrode, but galvanized steel is stronger.
There are 2 main types of frames
The cassette is the covering around the motor and holds the covering when retracted. It’a the part mounted to the wall.
There are 3 types of cassettes
When it comes to the motor consideration, you want one that is:
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