Awning with drop down shade

Awnings for Decks and Patios: A Style Guide

Now that the weather is warming up and summer is just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about lounging on the patio and outdoor parties on your deck.

But direct sun can be a little harsh and make outdoor fun not so much fun. Fortunately, awnings for decks and patios are a stylish, simple, and affordable way to beat the heat and add some comfort to your outdoor activities, whether you’re relaxing on the deck, having a barbeque with friends, or spending time with the family.

Choosing an awning is easy. Here are some tips to get you started.

How to Choose the Best Awning

Awning material is probably your primary concern. The most common materials for outdoor awnings are aluminum and fabric, but there are some other options. Upkeep is likely going to be something that will guide your decision.

Fabrics look pretty and offer lots of variety, but they do take a little more effort to maintain. Aluminum is sturdier and more durable but not as customizable. Of course, you also want to make sure that your awning matches your home’s exterior or complements it.

If you are in an area with high winds, heavy rain, or lots of snow then you will probably want to choose a more durable material. If those things aren’t an issue, then something lighter shouldn’t be a problem.

Retractable awnings versus stationary awnings are beneficial for many homeowners. They are easily adjustable and can be adjusted according to weather conditions.

 Position and Angle of Your Awning

Many homeowners don’t think much about the position and angle of their awning when making their purchase decisions. But it is very important and definitely affects the product’s performance.

For instance, the drop angle for an awning where the windows face west or east is recommended to be between 65% and 75%. If the window faces south, the awning’s drop angle is recommended to be between 50% and 65%. This ensures optimal performance so you get the most coverage when you need it.

If it is over a patio or deck, you will naturally want the entire area to be covered.

Awning Care Tips

Regular maintenance of your awning will keep it looking great for a long time. These tips will help keep your awning for your deck or patio looking great:

  • Once a month, brush your awning with a broom to get rid of any loose dirt and debris then hose it down well and let it dry fully before you retract it.
  • Keep trees, vines, and shrubbery away from your awning. The leaves and plants contain substances that can damage the fabric
  • Give your awning a deep cleaning every two to three years
  • Keep the mechanism of your retractable awning well greased and in good working order

At Valley Drapery & Upholstery we have a full line of retractable awnings for your deck or patio. Call today or come by and take a look at our huge selection or speak with one of our designers and let them help you find the awning that is perfect for your home or office.