Pros and Cons of Retractable Deck Awnings

Deck awnings are a big investment; but, the comfort and value you add to the exterior of your property are well worth the investment. Retractable awnings Melbourne have pros and cons. Consider the following information from Awnings Melbourne before you decide whether a retractable awning is the right choice for your property.

The Pros

The ROI is good as the awning can pay for itself. Many property owners purchase retractable awnings because they enjoy their decks, spending many sunny afternoons relaxing and entertaining friends. Retractable deck awnings are purchased to add a comfort level to their comfort zone, protecting the deck from the sun. The initial cost to purchase and install the awning may be more expensive than other types of sun protection; but, this does not hinder the cost efficiency of the awnings. Deck awning adds an appeal and comfort level to the exterior of the home, and they help protect the interior of the home from heat and sun, lowering the utility bills. Over time, this can save a homeowner a tremendous amount in energy use.

Retractable awnings are ideal for protecting your indoor and outdoor furnishings from fading from sun exposure. The role of the awning is to provide shade, cooling outdoor temperatures and blocking sunlight. The humans aren’t the only subject that benefit from this benefits awnings offer. Indoor and outdoor furniture does, as well as, protecting them from sun bleaching and drying out.

Retractable awnings offer a solution with a longer lifespan. While the non-retractable awnings are less expensive, they are not as durable. Bad weather and wear and tear will have a faster effect on the awning, causing it to damage and malfunction much earlier than that of the retractable awning. Retractable Awnings are easy to retract during a wind storm, etc. Non retractable awnings are exposed to these harsh weather elements and can easily be torn, ripped or damaged. Over time, sun exposure will also bleach out the fabric of the awning.

The Cons

Retractable awnings are more expensive. This is the reason you want to ensure that you deal with a reputable dealer and manufacturer of the awnings. It is important for the company to provide you with the benefits in an awning that make awnings so desirable. Quality is important to ensure a long lifespan.

Replacing the electric sensor. There are two primary types of retractable awnings property owners have available- manual or motorised. Motorised Awnings are the “Cadillac” of the two as they are easier to operate. The motorised are controlled either manually or with a remote control that makes it easy to open and retract the awnings. Some have sensors that react to weather elements like the rain, retracting automatically. Manual awnings are difficult to operate over time.

Cleaning and maintenance. Both types of awnings- retractable and non-retractable will need to be cleaned no less than on a seasonal basis. Property owners will find that during the seasons the awnings will collect dust and dirt, and they will need an occasional deep cleaning. Attention needs to be paid to water accumulation on the awnings, as well as this can cause unhealthy mould to grow. Metal parts are used in the construction of the awning and will need to be kept clean.

For more information on retractable deck awnings, give Awnings Melbourne a call at the number below.  We provide high quality blinds to property owners, offering them consultations and assessing their property to provide them with their options, ensuring they have the best choices available in retractable awnings Melbourne.

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