Retractable awnings are in great demand from coast to coast for the simple reason that they offer flexibility. Based on the design of a straight slope covering, the awning protects the width of a doorway or window and extends out to block the area below from the heat of the sun or shield in the rain. Blocking direct sunlight from windows and doors reduces the volume of heat transmitted to the interior and actually reduces energy cooling costs, particularly during the hottest part of the day.
Patio screening offers the best solution to shield outdoor living spaces from wind as well as shielding from heat and damage from the sun’s burning UV rays. Fabricated of a durable vinyl construction, the weave allows for flexibility, some passage of air and a high degree of visibility from the interior.
When awning fabric, mesh or screening is not durable enough for a job, not permanent enough or not strong enough, a steel covering or architectural detail can be a defining solution. Often used in commercial or industrial applications, a ramada or patio cover constructed of steel beams for a residential building offers a striking alternative to the softer look of an awning.
When summer draws to a close and the scents of fall are in the air we turn our focus to winter planning. Stock up on firewood, check the seals on windows and doors, remove dead plants from the flower pots and have furnaces checked and flues cleaned. Heating bills are added to household and business budgets, and for some business owners there is the potential loss of revenue particularly for the hospitality industry.
We’re going to mix it up a bit by showing you 4 variations of awning installations to illustrate how best to cover an entryway or window area. There are endless choices in style and design, but what ultimately determines the best decision is the structure of the building from which the awning will be mounted.
There are an endless variety of ways to stand out from the crowd. It’s what marketing is all about. Attracting attention is the main focus and can be achieved very effectively by using canopies, colored awnings and shade sails. Shade sails in particular are extremely effective because of their unusual shapes and can be fabricated in a wide variety of colors.
The word means shelter. Traditionally a ramada is a simple, fixed structure with a roof and no sides which offers shade from the sun, shelter from rain or snow. The drive-through at the bank is a ramada, an open gazebo is a ramada, or covered areas in public parks or campgrounds would be considered ramadas. Ramadas are typically built of steel, aluminum or wood, are often free-standing or open on three sides. The roof shields from weather and the open sides allow air to move unrestricted which results in cooler temperatures below.
There is an art to covering spaces to shield areas from the sun. Awnings frame windows and doorways; patio covers, both fabric and aluminum, extend from the sides of the home over yards; screening pulls down from portals and windows. All of these installations are restricted by the their mounts and the relatively small areas they protect. But shade sails know no bounds and are limited only by the imaginations of those who design them.
Some of the most appealing aspects of a house are its exterior space, views and the property on which it sits. Realtors call it curb appeal. This may refer to the view of the house from the sidewalk, but it is also reflected in other outdoor areas.
We’re going to encourage you to think outside the box, and we’ll help you get there. We’ll take your patio cover idea and turn it into fabulous shade sails that will cover that large area with elegance and drama.