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Awning Advantages Over Roof Extensions

Outdoor living areas are a great luxury. They allow homeowners to extend their entertaining spaces and provide an area where they can host summer parties or simply retreat for relaxation. Unfortunately, not everyone can maximize the potential of their outdoor space. Oftentimes, homeowners and residents are limited in how much they can enjoy their patios due to inclement weather, intense sun rays, and other factors. Property owners who want to resolve this issue and take back their outdoor living space are often left contemplating two choices, permanently extending the roof or investing in a retractable awning.

At Designer Awnings, our mission is to provide our customers with reliable sun-blocking solutions and services. For over 20 years, our family-owned business has been supplying residents in Berks, Lackawanna, Monroe, Carbon, Northampton, and Lehigh Counties with top-quality awnings and retractable screens. Here, we discuss the advantages of awnings over permanent roof extensions for homeowners.

Why Not Just Extend the Roof?

Homeowners who constantly fight the sun and severe weather conditions to enjoy their outdoor space may think extending their roof will resolve the issue and allow them to enjoy their space more often. Property owners who choose this route may find themselves regretting it, as roof extensions are permanent. The roof will create permanent shade.  Many times during winter months, it is nice to have the sun shining in and feel the warmth of the Sun.   There will also be permits, snow loads and many regulations that go along with such a project as well as a cost that is normally 5-7 times higher that the price of an awning.  Should you not like your homes new look or find that extending the roof didn’t solve your issues, the structure is more permanent and can be costly to remove.

In addition, extending your current roof isn’t as simple as adding on a few more shingles. It’s a large job that requires a lot of work to ensure your roof is structurally sound. Cutting corners on a job like this can result in severe consequences, as well as unsafe conditions.

The Best of Both Worlds

Homeowners who want superior protection for their outdoor space but don’t want to compromise their homes should consider a retractable awning. When in use, awnings are extended to provide superior protection against the sun’s harsh UV rays and inclement weather. When not in use, the awning retracts, resting flush against your home. The versatility of a retractable awning is unmatched and provides property owners with the best of both worlds.

Awnings can also be outfitted with a variety of accessories to enhance their usage and help homeowners create the ultimate outdoor space. Accessories you can pair with your retractable awning include:

  • LED lights: Don’t let nightfall keep you from enjoying your outdoor space. Equip your awning with LED lights to create the perfect ambiance and extend your time spent utilizing your space.
  • Motion sensors: High-velocity winds can strike your awning and cause significant damage to other structures nearby. Motion sensors detect incoming high winds and automatically retract the awning to eliminate any threats.
  • Sunesta Tahoma: Have complete control of retractable awning from anywhere with a Sunesta Tahoma. The plug-in device allows users to open and close their awning after they download the app on their smartphone or tablet.

Retractable Awnings Available at Designer Awnings

If you believe you’re not maximizing your outdoor space because of limited shade or other factors, turn to the experienced team at Designer Awnings. We’re happy to provide customers with top-of-the-line sun-blocking products made from the highest quality materials. To ensure we only supply our customers with the best, we’ve partnered with Sunesta, a world-class awning and shade manufacturer.

We are pleased to offer those located in Berks, Lackawanna, Monroe, Carbon, Northampton, and Lehigh Counties with Sunesta’s original flagship design: the Sunesta. This high-quality retractable awning is built with smart engineering and integrated technology. Sunesta awnings are fully retractable, making them extremely versatile. Users will have protection when they need it but can still soak up the sun when they want.

Additionally, the Sunesta is built with top-of-the-line design protocols and offers a wide variety of optional features to suit your needs or lifestyle. Wind-resistant engineering makes the Sunesta the only awning with Miami-Dade County approval.

Contact us at Designer Awnings today to learn more about our offerings and how our retractable awnings can help you get the most out of your outdoor space.

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