Awnings bring many benefits to homes and businesses, from curb appeal to energy savings. If you’ve decided to install an awning, the next choice you have to make is whether to choose a stationary or retractable version. There are benefits to each kind, so there is no one-size-fits-all solution for every property. As you weigh up your options, here are some of the things that you should consider.
If you want access to widest range of materials, opt for a stationary awning—also called a fixed awning. Because they don’t have to have any additional functionality when they are installed, you can have them constructed of fabric, aluminum, or any combination of the two, and they can be made with specialty panels. Stationary awnings can also be larger in size than retractable awnings. Retractable awnings must be constructed of material that bends, so they can fold up, which can limit some of the options, and the retractable nature of the design can limit the size. Although both kinds of awnings are available in a huge array of designs, retractable awnings have more limitations.
Retractable awnings are available with a wide range of functional features, including sensors that open the awnings automatically when a certain temperature is reached or at a specific time of day. Stationary awnings are always in place, so they can’t be withdrawn when you want to allow more sunlight into your home. However, the functionality of retractable awnings may require periodic maintenance and repairs that stationary awnings do not.
Some communities have rules that restrict awning use. Check your city ordinances as well as your homeowner’s association rules to see if you are required to have retractable or stationary awnings in your area. For example, some buildings in historical districts are only allowed to have retractable awnings.
Moran Canvas can help you select the best awning for your home or business. Discuss your needs for your custom project with our designers, and we will complete a design that meets your needs. For more information about awning installation in San Diego, CA , call us at (619) 462-7778.