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Now that you have decided to get more use out of your patio, the time has come to determine what type of covering will be the best match for your lifestyle. Perhaps you should consider the several types of patio awning currently on the market.
A good old-fashioned mainstay is the stationary patio awning. This type of awning can be customer ordered to cover a portion or all of your patio area. As an example, you could have one portion covered to allow for a great place to sit outside without being in the sun, and leave a section open for the pool or a sunbathing area. Stationary awnings are usually easy to maintain and can be cleaned with the same types of products you use to wash the exterior of your home.
One very popular option is an electronic retractable patio awning. Installed directly on the side of the house facing the patio area, this type of awning does not require support posts around the perimeter of the area to be covered. The unit can be extended or retracted by pushing a button.
One of the obviously great things about a retractable unit is that should a sudden rain come up while your family is enjoying a meal on the patio, there is no need to grab everything and seek shelter in the house. Simply activate the patio awning, and allow it to extend over the food and games. Then keep right on having fun.
If you prefer to not add one more electrical device onto your existing household wiring, there are retractable patio awnings that are available with a manual extend and retract mechanism. Typically, this involves a crank, not unlike the window cranks that were so popular on windows back in the 1960’s. On most models, the crank systems do not require a great deal of arm strength, so anyone in the family should be able to work the mechanism.
Varying in price, one of these three options may be ideal for you. Looking into each one and select the patio awning that works best for you.