In the summer months, it’s really important to be able to make the most of your outdoor space. After all, few experiences can rival the pleasure of unwinding on the patio after work with a drink in hand; or relaxing on a sun-lounger at the weekend!
However, if you live in a part of the country where the summer sun can get a little intense, then this can really put a dampener on things. Of course, the sun’s rays aren’t only uncomfortable if you’re exposed for any length of time, but can be actively dangerous to your health, thanks to the UV content.
Reasons to invest in a retractable awning for your patio or backyard
Protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays. Of all the benefits that a retractable awning can offer, this is probably the most important. A good awning will provide shelter for the whole family, whilst still allowing you to enjoy the benefits of the hot summer climate.
They can help save money in the long run. Buying a retractable awning does require an initial investment. However, it’s quite easy to recoup this money after a few years, as the awning will help significantly to keep your house cooler. This in turn means that you can switch of the air conditioning and save on energy bills, not to mention make a positive contribution towards protecting the environment.
Gain some privacy. If your backyard or patio is overlooked, investing in a retractable awning provides some much-needed privacy for you and your family. This is especially invaluable if you have a pool, or just want to enjoy some relaxing time without the curious eyes of your next-door neighbors watching your every move!
Protect your outdoor furnishings from the elements. Chairs and loungers often suffer under the harsh glare of the sun, and fabrics are likely to appear faded after a period of time. Installing an awning means that your furniture will remain sheltered from the intense rays, and stay looking in peak condition for longer.
Retractable means longer lasting. There are, of course, lots of non-retractable awnings available to buy, which can work out as cheaper than the retractable models. However, due to their non-retractable construction, in high winds or in storms they are liable to suffer considerable damage, which isn’t quite so appealing! A retractable awning can be safely wound in to ensure that it doesn’t get torn, or pulled apart in a storm.
If you’ve got any questions about which awning to buy and how to get the best out of it in terms of usage and maintenance, then arrange a consultation with your local awning company, who will be able to talk you through your options and recommend the best awning to suit your requirements.