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Retractable Awning home benefits

Benefits of a Retractable Awning for Your Porch or Deck

Do you want to get more use out of your backyard this year? One of the easiest ways to do so is to make the space more comfortable. For many of our customers, that means adding a retractable awning over their deck or porch area. Could this also be the right solution for you? Below, you’ll learn more about the benefits of an awning and the options we have available to help you decide if you want to install one in your backyard.

If you have any questions when planning your outdoor living upgrades, we are here to be a resource for you. Please feel free to call or text us at 256-269-4415 or contact us online if you have any questions or you’d like to request a quote.


Benefits of a Retractable Awning

When you decide to add a retractable awning to your backyard, the benefits will feel practically endless. Let’s take a closer look at some of the advantages of adding this convenient shade solution to your backyard space.

Sun Protection

A retractable shade provides instant relief from the harsh sun, shielding you and your furniture from harmful UV rays. This protection not only helps keep you more comfortable but it also helps prevent fading and damage to your outdoor furniture and decor.

Better Temperature Control

By reducing the amount of direct sunlight over your space, a retractable shade helps maintain a cooler temperature on your patio, porch, or deck during hot days. This can lower your reliance on air conditioning, leading to potential energy savings and a more pleasant outdoor experience, even during the dog days of summer.

Extended Outdoor Living Space

With an awning, you can effectively expand your usable outdoor living area. Whether it’s for lounging, dining, or entertaining, the shaded space in your backyard transforms into an inviting retreat that can be enjoyed throughout the day.

Protection From the Rain

We’re no strangers to precipitation here in Alabama, but when you’re enjoying your outdoor space, unexpected rain showers can dampen the mood. A retractable awning provides shelter during light rain, allowing you to continue your outdoor activities without interruption.

Increased Property Value

When making updates to your home, it’s important to make changes that you’ll enjoy now and that can benefit your property for the long term. Adding an awning can enhance the aesthetic appeal and functionality of your home’s exterior. This improvement can potentially increase your property’s value and appeal to prospective buyers, making it a valuable investment.

Customizable Design

Retractable shades come in a variety of styles, colors, and materials, allowing you to choose one that complements your home’s architecture and reflects your taste. This customization adds visual interest and character to your outdoor space.

Easy Maintenance

When you make updates to your outdoor space, the goal is not to create more work for yourself. Fortunately, our awnings are designed to need minimal maintenance. Since they are made from durable materials that are resistant to fading, mildew, and mold, they require only occasional cleaning to keep them looking fresh and vibrant.

Flexible Shade Coverage Option

Unlike some fixed structures, retractable awnings offer more flexibility, allowing you to adjust the amount of shade in your backyard to suit your preferences. Whether you want full shade or partial sun exposure, you can easily retract or extend your motorized awning with the convenient push of a button.

Better Energy Efficiency

Are you tired of rising energy bills? You’ll be happy to know that adding a retractable awning to your backyard is an energy-efficient choice. By blocking direct sunlight from entering your home, an awning helps reduce indoor temperatures, which can lower the need for air conditioning. This, in turn, can lead to energy savings and decreased utility costs over time.

Enhanced Outdoor Privacy

Nothing quite puts a damper on your plans to relax outside quite like feeling nosy neighbors are watching you. When extended, a retractable shade helps to create a semi-private oasis, shielding you from the prying eyes of neighbors or passersby. This added privacy allows you to relax and unwind in your outdoor space with a greater sense of seclusion.

Better Protection for Outdoor Activities

What do you most look forward to doing in your upgraded backyard space? Whether you’re hosting a barbecue, gardening, or simply enjoying a book outdoors, a retractable awning protects against various elements, such as sun, light rain, or falling debris like leaves and twigs. This allows you to fully engage in your chosen outdoor activities, even when conditions outside are less than ideal.

UV Protection for Your Skin

Many of us remember to lather on sunscreen when heading to the beach, but how often do you think of sun protection when relaxing in your backyard? Excessive exposure to UV rays can lead to skin damage and increase the risk of skin cancer. Fortunately, a retractable shade acts as a barrier, reducing your exposure to harmful UV radiation and helping to safeguard your skin’s health.

Preservation of Your Indoor Decor

Of course, an awning can protect your outdoor furniture and decor, but did you know it can keep your indoor possessions in better shape too? Sunlight streaming through your windows and/or back door can cause furniture, flooring, and decor to fade over time. By shading the exterior of your home with a retractable awning, you can help preserve the vibrant colors and structural integrity of your indoor furnishings.

Quick Installation

Depending on the types of updates you have in mind for your backyard space, they could take weeks or months to complete. However, awnings are relatively easy to install and can be mounted on various surfaces like wood, brick, or concrete. With our professional installation services, you can have your awning up and ready for use in a short amount of time so you can experience these benefits for yourself as soon as possible.

Year-Round Enjoyment

Our goal is to help Alabama homeowners get more use out of their outdoor spaces. Whether it’s a sunny summer day or a mild autumn afternoon, a retractable awning allows you to make the most of your outdoor space year-round. By providing shelter from the elements, it enables you to enjoy al fresco dining, relaxation, and socializing on your patio, regardless of the weather conditions or time of year.

Reduced Glare

Direct sunlight can cause a glare, making it uncomfortable to spend time outdoors or even indoors near windows. By opening your awning, you can significantly reduce glare, creating a more visually comfortable environment for relaxation or activities like reading or working on a laptop.

Enhanced Curb Appeal

Installing a retractable shade can significantly enhance the curb appeal of your home. Whether your house boasts a traditional, modern, or eclectic design, there’s a shade option to suit your taste and enhance its overall appearance. The addition of the perfect awning can add character, charm, and visual interest to your facade, instantly boosting its curb appeal.

Ease of Operation

Modern awnings are equipped with user-friendly mechanisms for effortless operation. With our convenient motorized options, you can adjust your awning to your desired position with minimal effort.

Protection for Pets

Do your furry friends love spending time with you outside? You might not realize it, but excessive sun exposure can be harmful to your pets, just like it is for humans. A retractable awning provides shade and protection for your pets, allowing them to enjoy the fresh air without risking overheating or sunburn.

Customized Comfort Zones

Your outdoor space should be all about what is most important to you. With an awning, you can create customized comfort zones within your backyard. By strategically positioning the awning, you can designate areas for sunbathing, outdoor dining, or lounging, accommodating different preferences and activities for you and your family or guests.

Motorized awning with built in lights

Our Retractable Awning Options

At Sun Solutions, we believe in providing our customers with only the best products on the market. Our awnings come in more than 300 custom fabric options and come with the following features at no additional cost:

  • LED lighting
  • A wind sensor
  • Extruded aluminum housing to protect the fabric when not in use

Beyond that, our awnings are made with UV-protected fabric, so it’s resistant to fading over time.

Best of all, our retractable shades won’t break the bank. We proudly offer financing options with Hearth, so you can secure a predictable monthly payment that fits your budget when upgrading your backyard space.

Customize Your Outdoor Space With a Retractable Awning

Now that you’ve learned more about the benefits of a retractable awning, why not experience them for yourself? Our experts here at Sun Solutions would be happy to answer any questions you have about the installation process, show you product samples, and give you a free estimate for your backyard transformation project. When you’re ready to get started, please set up a no-pressure appointment with us by calling 256-269-4415 or contacting us online today. We can’t wait to work with you soon!


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