The awning has made a major comeback, going from old staple to modern design element. Architects, neighborhood planners, designers, and homeowners alike appreciate the value awnings can bring to any building. Here are a few great reasons to add an awning to your home or business.
Show Your Customers (or Guests) You Care
Installing a sun-blocking awning in front of your home or business will give your guests, or customers, a shady place to get out of the heat. This is a helpful tool for businesses especially, as customers are likely to spend more time at your location, and come back again as a result. Having customers stand in the sweltering heat or pouring rain can take the appeal of your storefront down several notches. The same goes for homeowners. Awnings give your guests a cool place to come calling.
Improve Curb Appeal
The right awning can significantly improve your home’s design, and can even add to its value. Realtors know curb appeal weighs heavily on any potential buyer’s mind, and a plain porch can be brought to life with a polished awning’s installation.
Save on Energy Bills
Installing awnings over your windows is a very effective way to reduce energy consumption in your home or business. In fact, awnings can reduce heat gain by up to 65% for South-facing windows, and up to 77% for West-facing windows. With your air conditioning unit putting in less work, you’ll get to save on energy bills, and enjoy an A/C unit that lacks the usual wear-and-tear. This can translate into additional savings, since your A/C will consequently last longer and require less maintenance.
Expand Your Living Space
For smaller homes and businesses, adding an outdoor awning is an inexpensive way to create more usable space. A café can add more tables, making space for more customers, and increasing the potential for more business. A retail business can move some products outside under the awning to attract customers, and increase sales. Homeowners can enjoy similar benefits, extending the square footage of their home by creating a comfortable outdoor space for entertaining guests, or relaxing with family.
Protect Your Things
Unprotected windows and doors are subject to a lot of abuse. They are assailed by the elements every day, from scorching sun rays, to heavy rain and snow. Placing an awning over your doors and windows can help protect the wood, or glass from the harsh effects of extreme weather. Awnings placed over windows can actually save your carpet, window coverings, and interior furniture from becoming sun-bleached over time.
To Make a Statement
Awnings can provide a mark of distinction for your home or business. This is especially true when you customize your awnings. Adding the right awning to your home can create a more polished, sophisticated look, and can really improve an otherwise plain entry area. If you live in an attached home, an eye-catching awning can be a fun way to distinguish your door from your neighbors’. For business owners, commissioning a customized awning can actually save money. Instead of purchasing separate signage, you can print on the awning itself, having it serve multiple purposes at once.
Adding an awning to your home or business comes with many benefits. The key is to choose the right product for your climate and tastes.