Patio weather is just around the corner in Arizona. However, if you want to spend any longer than a few minutes enjoying your outdoor spaces, you’ll need an awning to shield you from that blazing Arizona sunshine.
As Arizona’s leading provider of awnings and screens, we’re revealing the 5 different types of awnings to cover your deck in today’s blog post. Keep reading to discover the right option for you.
Best Awnings to Invest in 2023
If you’re looking to invest in an awning in 2023, here are 5 different types of awnings to cover your deck:
A retractable awning is one of the best sun solutions on the market. At the flip of a switch, this flexible option creates a shady “outdoor room” that your friends and family can enjoy all year round. And when you’re ready to embrace the sunshine? You can roll it back into place in minutes.
Unlike retractable awnings, a fixed awning is mounted to your wall and provides constant shelter. Oftentimes, it has additional support poles for extra durability, so it’s a bit bulkier. However, if you’re looking to permanently shelter a portion of your deck, this is the option for you.
If you’re looking for a temporary shade solution, a portable (or freestanding) awning might be the option for you. Investing in a freestanding awning gives you the freedom to move it around your deck. However, it doesn’t offer as much shade as a retractable or fixed awning. The three main types of portable awnings are:
Retractable Awning Components
If you decide that a retractable awning is the sun solution for you, there are several components you should be familiar with:
Your retractable awning will require a cover made from durable fabric. We recommend opting for one that is dirt-resistant, offers UV protection, and has adequate color retention.
The frame is what supports the awning. Generally, it’s made from either aluminum or galvanized steel. While aluminum is light (and won’t corrode), galvanized steel is much stronger. Additionally, the frames will either have round or square tubing. Round tubing is bolted together and is great if the awning is covered and stored. On the other hand, square tubing is ideal if the awning is kept up year-round.
The cassette covers the motor and holds the awning’s cover when it’s retracted. In other words, it’s the part that gets mounted to your wall. There are three types of cassettes: full, semi, and open. The full cassette offers the awning the most protection when retracted, and the open cassette offers the least.
The final component of your retractable awning is the motor. Ideally, you’ll want one that is durable, quiet, and maintenance-free.
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