Did you know there are awnings for windows, doors, porches, and patios? And for each one of these, there are many different designs, sizes and features. How do you know which one to choose? We’re here to help you through the process of choosing a retractable awning that will make your home look aesthetically appealing and save you money in the long run.
Why Do You Want a Retractable Awning?
While you are shopping around, you also want to keep in mind of the main purpose for your purchase. Are you a business or home owner who wants a retractable awning for customers or guests to stand under? A large, protruding awning like a canopy or cabana style awning might be right. Do you want an awning that draws attention to your business? A sign box or a backlit awning might do the trick. Or are you a homeowner who wants to give your patio more shade and appeal? A retractable patio awning would be perfect.
Check Your Local Regulations
Depending on where you live, there may be certain zoning restrictions and regulations that do not allow homes or businesses to have a retractable awning. Check up with your local zoning official before you make your final purchase. If there are restrictions, you may be able to obtain a permit from the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) before you install your storefront awning.
Determine Your Overall Budget
The first step for any sort of commercial or home improvement project is to establish how much money you can spend. The size and material an awning is made of effect the price. If you decide to go with an automatically retracting awning, that will up the price as well. When shopping around, remember to talk to installers and factor in the price it will cost to install your awning!
Consult With a Professional
Of course, the best way to select the right awning for your home or business is to consult a professional. Someone who works with awnings will be able to look at your business and your budget and help you to choose the right awning that will complement your storefront and still be within your budget. Not only do professionals have experience working with the different materials an awning is made of, they also have experience outfitting many other businesses with the right awnings. A professional is a great resource of knowledge to help you choose an awning that is the right color, size, shape, and made of the right material.