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How to Update The Exterior Look of The Home

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Window AwningNow that spring is here, homeowners are turning their attention to the exterior of their homes.  With the harsh winter over, everyone is ready to head outside and enjoy parties, dinners with family and friends, and spend some time relaxing in their yard.  Spending all of that time outside is sure to lead any homeowner to notice things that they may want to improve about the outdoor spaces adjacent to their homes.  While major home construction and landscape projects require much planning, the option of incorporating awnings into your New York City home design has many practical and decorative benefits. Read more »

Retractable Awnings Make Your Deck Comfortable During Summer

Posted: Friday, August 10th, 2012 | Filed under: exterior shades, Home cooling, modern window treatments, retractable awnings, Shading systems
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Retractable Awnings for Decks

Retractable Awnings for Decks

Many people like to enjoy the summer weather, but can’t stand the sit in the direct sunlight. The sun can give off a significant amount of heat and if you’re trying to lounge on your deck after a long day of work, chances are the heat won’t be comforting. Retractable awnings are a great way to enjoy the weather without being scolded by the sun.

Retractable awnings can be installed in a variety of exterior areas including decks, balconies, patios, cabanas and other outdoor spaces. Depending on your space, you can customize your awning to your liking.

Whether manual or motorized, you can adjust the shades to any angle you desire, depending on if you’re looking for protection from the sun or rain. Motorized retractable awnings can be linked to timers and can automatically retract according to sensors or timers. They can also be manually controlled or with the touch of a button.  Believe it or not, since motorized shades don’t require a fixed frame, they are easier to install than fixed awnings.

Aside from the increased comfort outdoors, retractable awnings can also protect again rain and other weather conditions as well as reduce the amount of heat entering your home, ultimately affecting your air conditioning and energy bills. These shads also cut the amount of glare coming through glass windows.

Retractable awnings can be a beautiful addition to your home as they are customizable. With the wide selection of styles and fabrics to choose from, you can custom design your retractable awnings to match your décor. No matter the size or location of your outdoor space, retractable awnings can be great solutions to avoid summer heat.

Why You Should Purchase a Retractable Awning over Fixed Awning?

Posted: Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 | Filed under: retractable awnings, sustainable living, window treatments
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The biggest reason to purchase a retractable awning over a fixed awning is because it’s retractable. Retractable awnings give you flexibility and can be retracted quickly at any time. Motorized retractable awnings allow you to retract the awnings at any second with the touch of a button or the flip of a switch. Fixed awnings don’t allow you to do this.

A second reason why you should consider a retractable awning over a fixed awning is its convenience in terms of weather. Retractable awnings allow you to adjust to any angle desired whenever you want. Depending on the level of the sun, you can retract your awning to the desired position. Depending on the amount of sunlight or shade you prefer, you can adjust your awning accordingly. If it snows or rains, it’s important to protect your awning by retracting it. If you retract your awning during snowstorms or heavy rain, there’s no chance it could collapse. Same thing with a windy day, retract your awning to be sure windy won’t take hold of your awning and destroy it.

Retractable awnings are great solutions for any home looking for light and heat control off the back (or even front) on their home. Installing a retractable awning instead of a fixed awning gives you flexibility if and when you ever want to move to a new location. A fixed awning is just that, fixed and requires quite a bit of construction to move. Take a walk through New York City or even the surrounding suburbs and you will see homeowners with retractable awnings all over.

Retractable Awnings

Posted: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 | Filed under: Green shading, Home cooling, motorized window treatments, retractable awnings
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Retractable awnings are great for patios, balconies or any outdoor space where you’re looking for some shade on a bright, hot day or some protection from the rain on a gloomy day. Retractable awnings let you use your exterior areas to the fullest. Protect your patio space from heat, sun or rain with a retractable awning. Retractable awnings are not only great protection against unwanted weather, but because they are adjustable you can adjust them based on certain weather conditions.

Choosing a retractable awning over a fixed awning gives you flexibility. Motorized retractable awnings can be adjusted to any degree with the touch of a button. With motorized retractable awnings, you can also setup timers to link to weather conditions: wind, motion or sun. With automatic controls, your awning can adjust itself for you, even if you aren’t home. Retractable awnings are also easier to install that fixed awnings because they don’t require a permanent frame.

Retractable awnings are practical and can even serve as décor. With the wide selection of fabrics to choose from, customize your own retractable awning, like you would your window treatments, with designs based on your personal style and preference, or to match the exterior of your home.

Homeowners throughout New Jersey and townhouse owners throughout New York City have retractable awnings installed to keep out sun, glare and rain. By customizing your retractable awning to operate based off timers, you can reduce air conditioning costs and energy bills by over 20%!

Retractable Awnings and House Value

Posted: Monday, September 27th, 2010 | Filed under: awnings, exterior shades, retractable awnings
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Retractable awnings are a great addition to any home. Many choose to add retractable awnings to their homes for the simple fact that they increase value of their homes, protect their homes from the weather elements, and are quite appealing to the eye. Retractable awnings not only help us with added beauty and protecting us from the weather elements but they work to extend our living space creating a covered space to enjoy the outdoors underneath.

Retractable Awnings

Retractable Awnings

Protecting your home from the weather elements is by far a great reason retractable awnings increases the value of your home. Not only will your home be more energy efficient, but future home owners will take pride knowing that their home will be protected from the sun’s heat rays. When sun has the ability to peer through your windows, air-conditioners have to work harder, furniture can fade, and your home can be uncomfortable if you’re not running the air-conditioner. Stopping the sun with a retractable awning before it enters the home makes this energy efficient.

How do you add the appeal and space that retractable awnings provide? Choosing a fabric that best captures a welcoming experience helps you increase value of your home and helps create a look like no other. How about those that love entertaining others? Adding space to your home by covering your back patio with a retractable awning is a great benefit. Not only will you enjoy many hot days under the shade as you entertain guest, but those looking at your home as their future home will see this added space a great benefit.

Regardless your motive, to protect your home from the intruding sun, to add appeal to your home, or in adding space to entertain; choosing a retractable awning is simple and a great addition to your home. Creating exactly what you need to be comfortable in your home, your adding a cost effective and energy efficient addition to your home in which also increases the value of your home.