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Retractable Awnings – Several Different Shade Positions
Retractable awnings add the perfect ambiance to the deck on your home. With an awning that you can roll up when necessary, you don’t have to worry about the material ripping in the wind or tearing under the weight of the snow. With the motorized retractable models of awnings, you have the convenience of being able to roll up the retractible awning with just the touch of a button. You install the switch for the retractable awnings outside the home, but these are completely weatherproof. You won’t have any worries about it not functioning in heavy rain or wind. Even if you lose the power during a storm, you can still roll up a retractible awning.
Retractable awning manufacturers are very careful to install a manual override so that you can winch in the awning by hand if you need to. Most retractable awnings do not have any poles, which might cause you to wonder what holds them in place. These awnings are designed to be self-supporting. Each retractible awning has a secure mounting with heavy-duty arms for support. There are internal springs that create the arm tension and large radius elbows help to keep the awning fabric taut at all times.
When you have a retractable awning over your patio, rolling it up will help to store it for winter. Therefore, you don’t have to disassemble the awning in the fall and reinstall it in the spring. You can remove the loose hangings from the retractable awnings during the winter, but many homeowners don’t do anything. It really depends on where you live. In some climates, it is possible to leave the retractible awnings up all year long. The main purpose of retractable awnings is to provide shade from the sun. There will be times when you don’t need to use the retractible awning when you are sitting outside, so you can leave it in the rolled up position. However, awnings are not designed to handle a high wind velocity. For this reason, you can get a retractable awning that contains a wind sensor. When the wind speed picks up, the sensor automatically activates the switch, retracting the awning for you.
Experts on retractible models of awnings recommend that if you can comfortably read the newspaper outdoors, then it is safe to have the awning extended. There is nothing as convenient as retractable awnings, whether you have the manual or automatic models. Even the manual models only take a few cranks of the hand mechanism to have the awning rolled back out of the way. The lightweight fabrics used in retractible awnings are guaranteed against rot and mildew and the warranty covers all defects for up to five years. When you take care of the retractable awnings according to the manufacturer’s instructions, you should be able to have an awning that lasts for 8 to 12 years.
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