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Retractable awnings are quite popular for many reasons. They allow the homeowners to give their window or patio area some extra shade whenever they want it. Many people love the fact that they can retract to let more sunlight into the home when they aren't using the awning. These are nice features, but there are some drawbacks to retractable awnings. This compares retractable and permanent awnings.
Drawbacks of Retractable Awnings
Retractable awning are nifty and convenient, but there are a few drawbacks. Many people don't like how they look folded up. They can take away from the natural lines and molding around the window or sliding door that the awning covers. Also, to many homeowners, the vinyl tarp doesn't look very classy or residential. It is largely a matter of personal preference, but a vinyl awning can look out of place on a home with stucco, wooden, or brick walls.
Another big drawback of retractable awnings is that you need to constantly maintain them. The motor repair can be costly and inconvenient. Most retractable awnings have aluminum and steel frames. This means that you need to be mindful of rusting. Rust can deteriorate the frame so bad that it will no longer open or close.
Advantages of Permanent Awnings
Permanent awnings are a great solution for homeowners who don't want to deal with the various drawbacks associated with retractable awnings. First of all, permanent awnings can be made out of wood, to match with your existing siding. Custom installers can choose a style and color that matches with your existing colors. This means that you awnings, once installed, will basically blend in with your home and look like it was always part of it. They just look more stylish.
Although retractable awnings can be convenient, homeowners ultimately appreciate that fact that permanent awnings require less maintenance. There are no motors, vinyl, or other vulnerable parts that might need to be fixed.
It is probably only a good idea to invest in a retractable awning if you plan on using it frequently. That is, if you will retract it on sunny days to let light into your home and roll it out when you want some shade in your patio. You also have to be willing to give your awning some care to ensure it continues to work for many years. Otherwise, permanents awnings might be a better choice for your home.