What First-Time Awning Buyers Should Know

Patio awnings are an excellent long-term investment and addition to the value of your home if installed correctly. If you want to improve the appearance of your outdoor patio with an awning, you’ll need expert advice. Here are some questions to ask yourself and your merchant.

Should you choose a stationary or retractable awning?

A stationary awning is more cost-effective than a retractable awning. They’re also lighter in weight than the massive machinery of a retractable model. A retractable awning is most often seen in the backyard and may be customized to your budget and desired features if you have the funds. We really recommend investing in a retractable awn on if you can afford it.

How will your awning be mounted?

It’s critical to consider how the maker will install the equipment because most retractable awnings weigh around 150 to 400 pounds. Check with your contractor to ensure that he or she is using shaft lag screws that are at least 7/8″ wide.

After all exterior materials have been removed and compressed, such as vinyl siding or polystyrene board, the goal of your awning installation is to get halfway through the structure before compressing anything else, such as aluminum siding or fiberglass.

What kinds of fabric do you want?

Awning coverings are available in a range of colors and styles. The fabric you select for your awning not only has an impact on the aesthetic of your outside space, but it will also influence how long it can withstand direct exposure to the elements. In general, look for an awning cover that is created of high-quality acrylics and yarn-like materials.

Is the original quote an estimate or fixed price?

Clients may get an initial quote that meets their budget only to find out later that it includes numerous additional fees and charges. Quotes are generally calculated for the anticipated number of labor hours, but overtime can dramatically increase the overall costs. Make careful to negotiate with your subcontractor in such a manner that ensures the quotation covers any unexpected hours worked. If at all feasible, try to obtain a fixed price on the job.

Our experienced team at Peterson Canvas & Awnings can help you find and install the perfect awning for your home. Don’t hesitate and contact us today to get started!