To Have Sun or Not to Have SunWith limited sunny days around B.C.’s coast, local folks take advantage of the vitalizing rays as often as they can. It is for this reason some people don’t feel that an awning is a good way to enjoy the sun. But having an awning doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy the sun. Having an awning simply means you have choices.
Sun or shade
While some people you know always feel like fully immersing themselves in the sun’s rays, others may not and instead, prefer relief from the heat. It really is a matter of personal choice. Whether you feel like sun or not, awnings with high-tech sensors and controls are making it easier than ever for homeowners to take advantage of the sun’s rays – or not.

A manual awning is an excellent option for those who prefer constant shade, having remotes and other forms of automatic controls over your awning will allow you to easily – with the push of a button – have as much shade or as little sun as you like. The widespread use of sensing and control devices in homes has been cause for the large increase in demand for these types of awnings.

Energy reduction in cool-down time
There are also additional benefits that come with owning a professionally installed awning. When temperatures rise, solar gain – which is the warmth inside your home generated by the sun – needs to be cooled. Reducing a full day of sun heat in your home causes your air cooling system to work harder. During the hot months, shading windows and awnings can significantly reduce your home’s energy consumption.

Michelle Sahlin, Managing Director of the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA) says, “By managing solar gain – extending awnings when shade is beneficial, and retracting when not – homeowners can significantly reduce energy consumption, while improving home comfort.”

While making the decision to go with remote technologies, make sure you don’t leave out another important aspect of your awning decision process – the fabric. Awning fabric has come leaps and bounds in advancement from even only a decade ago. For the best solar protection on the market we recommend and use Dickson Orchestra. It’s water resistant with a tighter weave and more stability.



Article Author: John Kerkhoff. is the leading supplier of retractable awnings in Canada. Retractable awnings are a chance for you to choose between sun and shade. A chance to get up close and personal with nature, while still preventing UV rays from damaging your skin. Whether you want to block the sun or allow it to reach your deck partially, we make it a simple matter of pressing the right button. Click Here to receive a consultation.

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