Home Improvement

Tips to Choose the Right Awning

Awnings can enhance the look of an office or house. Apart from being functional, it also adds colour and style to a patio or deck. It makes sitting outdoors, more enjoyable and entertaining, as well as helps in warding off the sun’s rays. Awning is also known as a canopy.

You will come across different types of canopies in the market. While choosing the right one for your house, feel free to ask the representative more details about it. If you are still confused, then you can follow the tips given below to obtaining the right awning.


The Choice of Fabric and Colour

You should choose a pattern and colour which matches with the interiors of your house, particularly if you choosing for an interior foyer. This will give continuity to your house.

The fabric that you choose should complement the architecture of your home. The traditional architecture usually works well with the conventional colours such as navy, forest green, etc. If you have a cottage or colonial style home then you can opt for stripped canopy. However, if you have a contemporary looking home then you should opt for bright colours.

Choosing the Patterns

When you pick the patterns, you have to consider the size of the canopy and also the structure. If you have to cover a large area then it is best to opt for small stripes, as fabrics that have wide stripes look good in small space.

Selecting the Binding

While you choose the binding, you need to coordinate with the exterior colours like the primary pain, shingles, or trim colour. You can choose a valance binding for matching the different shades in the garden. This is because it will offer a creative and subtle look to the home, as well as the landscape.

Choosing the Location

Awnings look good on patios and decks. However, you can also place them over windows and doors. It provides protection to the interior of your house from the harmful rays of the sun. When you install it on the patios or decks, this offers shade and this portion is cooler than the rest of the house. If you install these over doors and windows then it curtails your electricity bill during summer.

Mistakes to Avoid While Choosing an Awning

Installing an awning might be essential. However, people make some common mistakes while choosing the canopy for a house.

Choosing an Awning
  • The awnings are generally fixed above the wall. In order to fix them, there should be a structure to support it. When you choose the structure for this, you need to make sure that you have chosen one which will be able to support its weight. You should avoid choosing a fabric that is heavy for the structure. This is the reason aluminium is considered to be the right material for the construction of this structure.
  • You should make sure that you get the measurements right. This is a common mistake that people make and it can lead to a canopy, which is either too large or small for the area. If you end up choosing a large fabric then it might sag. While, if you choose a small fabric then the area will not be covered fully.
  • There are several awning manufacturers, but you need to make sure that you have chosen the right one. For this, you need to carry out proper research and visit the shops to check the fabrics they have to offer.

However, once you get them, you need to make sure that you maintain it properly. This will help in making the canopy durable. Make sure that you do not store the fabric when it is wet. If you do, then it will develop a bad door and mildew as well as damage its appearance.


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