Adding a Deck Awning – Enjoy Your Deck Even More

The great thing about a deck awning is that you can enjoy

privacy and protection in the spring, summer, fall, and even

winter months. With a deck awning, you have the opportunity to

spend time outside rather than be cooped up in the house, which

makes this a great investment. Keep in mind that in addition to

the enjoyment you, your friends, and your family will have, a

deck awning will also help extend the life of the deck.

If your deck is not protected, the sun’s hot UV rays, wind,

rain, snow, and even debris will slowly cause discoloration,

rot, warping, and so on. However, by adding a deck awning, the

wood is protected, thus lasting longer. Obviously, the longer

and better the deck wears, the longer you have a place to unwind

after a hectic day. Even if you use a waterproof sealant for

your deck, you can make it last longer by installing an awning.

Although door and window awnings are beneficial in keeping a

home cool in the summertime, a deck awning is slightly

different. Yes, a deck awning still provides protection from

the elements but it is also designed to block out solar heat.

This means in addition to the shade, the surface of your deck

will remain cool. If you have ever walked out onto the deck on

a hot day, you know just how hot wood can get but with an

awning, the deck is shaded and cool. If you have smaller

children or even pets who like going outside, you can imagine

the dangers of a hot deck.

Because there are so many new colors, patterns, materials, and

styles, you can create whatever look you want. For instance, if

your home is white, off-white, or some other light neutral

color, you could add a splash of color with a blue or red deck

awning. On the other hand, if the home is a darker color, you

might consider a light color or color combination to brighten

things up. For some reason, many people will spend time and

money on the front of the home but forget about the back. With

a deck awning, you get the benefits of shade and protection

while also making the backside of the house more visually

pleasing.

With the popularity of the deck awning skyrocketing,

manufacturers are coming up with incredible designs, giving

consumers a wonderful selection like never before. If you want

something simple, you might consider the manual style. With

this, a crank lever would be used to open and close the awning

at will. However, the automatic awning is starting to come down

in price, making it a great investment. For the automatic

awning, all you do is push a button and the awning opens for

you. When ready to roll the awning up, you push the button

again. This design is great for the elderly, disabled, or

anyone who appreciates convenience.

Although your options for a deck awning are incredible, the most

popular are those made with canvas or aluminum. Canvas comes in

a wide range of colors, is a strong, durable material, and if

cared for properly, will last for years. On the other hand, an

aluminum awning is very affordable, easy to maintain and clean,

offers consistent cooling for the inside of the home by

reflecting light, and made to last 10 years or more.