Whether you use your porch on a daily basis for your first cup of coffee in silence, or you entertain friends, family and guests quite often, an awning over your porch will make it more comfortable and protect you from the weather as well.
You can choose between permanent or budget-friendly options in many different designs. Below are some great ideas for porch awnings and a guide to help you decide which best fits your needs
Aluminum Porch Awnings
Aluminum awnings are one of the most affordable, durable, and lightweight awnings on the market today. When it is installed, it’s weatherproof, and it is a great investment for your home.
The addition of pendant lights, wooden flooring, and outdoor furniture softens the lines of an aluminum porch awing.
Patio Shade Sails
This is your most affordable and easiest option for porch awnings. You can choose from sheer fabrics or bistro sail shades in many different colors, shapes, and sizes.
There are several ways to match this shading option to your home. Use fabric that is the same color as the exterior of your home, and mount your shade sails to a tree, your roof, or your shingles. The addition of string lights will give you a calm and romantic area to entertain guests.
For a more stable appearance than shade sails, consider fabric awnings on an existing pergola or on a wooden frame with support legs. Support your large fabric awning by hanging it from the wall or roof shingles.
Choose a color that accents your home’s exterior or a brightly colored striped pattern to add some playfulness. Fabric awnings are very popular in sunny states, such as Arizona and California.
Retractable Fabric Awnings
You can choose a fabric awning that is retractable, so you can either close or open it whenever you want to. Shield yourself from the hot sun in the summer with your awning open, or get a suntan by closing the awning.
You can also choose between a manual operation, or a motorized operation, which only takes the touch of a button to open and close your retractable awning.
Custom Drop Shades
If you have a frame over your porch or a pergola, you can include drop shades on one or more sides of the roof area. They operate by lowering a screen type of fabric from a system that is mounted on the frame for privacy to block sunlight and heat.
Utilizing drop shades on three sides of your porch will make a screened-in shady area that you can see out of, but no one on the outside can see into, for the ultimate in privacy. You can choose manual or motorized operation of your drop shades.
Pergola Porch Awnings
Pergolas, when used over your porch, provide some filtered light to shine below it, but also offer some relief from the hot sun in the middle of the day.
You can choose from any type of building materials you like to make a pergola, including wood or metal.
Considerations in Choosing the Best Porch Awning for Your Home
If you ask yourself some pertinent questions, you will be able to determine which of the awing types is the most desirable for your home.
1. Awning Materials
Awnings are available in many different materials, and each takes a different amount of care and maintenance. The two most affordable and easy-care materials are aluminum awnings and fabric awnings.
Fabrics are treated to be long-lasting and provide great protection from sun, rain, and wind, and you can choose from a huge array of colors, as well. Aluminum awnings don’t peel or rust, and you can paint them in any color you wish.
2. Awning Sizes
In order to look right, an awning of any type should totally cover the entire porch area, so it blends in with the porch and your home.
It can even be slightly large than the flooring space on your porch, but if you choose one that is too small, it won’t look aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
3. Durable Hardware
No matter what type of awning you choose, you should make sure that the hardware is very durable where your awning attaches to the home or a frame. These are the areas that you want to spend a bit more money on because they are the most likely to fail prematurely if you use cheap hardware.
You should set up a budget before selecting a porch awing of any type. The range in prices is very large depending on the size and style you choose, and many upgrades can be added to a less expensive style that will really pay off in the long run with a large impact. It’s also important to consider operating costs and maintenance of your porch awning, as well.
Choosing A Professional Custom Awning Company
The actual process of installing an awning can be quite daunting for the average homeowner. At AAA Awnings, we understand this, and we offer you the highest quality aluminum awnings near California and many other options to fit your budget, all at affordable prices. Our custom awnings of all types are perfectly sized to look very nice on your home and add curb appeal, as well as give you the benefits of energy efficiency, privacy, and protection from the sun while matching your home’s exterior at the same time. Contact us today to get started on your new design for a custom porch awning.