First Time Buying a Patio Awning? Here Are 4 Questions You Should Ask

Patio awnings are a smart investment and addition to your home’s value if installed correctly. If you want to improve the look of your outdoor patio with an awning, you’ll need the most up-to-date advice. Here are some questions to ask yourself and your retailer.

Should you choose a stationary or retractable awning?

Stationary awnings are more affordable and cost-friendly than retractable awnings. They’re also lighter in weight compared to the heavy machinery of a retractable model. A retractable awning is most often seen in the backyard and may be tailored to your budget and desired features. If you have the money, we highly suggest investing in a retractable awning.

How will your awning be mounted?

Because most retractable awnings weigh around 150 to 400 pounds, it’s vital to think about how the manufacturer will install the equipment. Check with your contractor to ensure that he or she is using shaft lag screws that are at least ¾” 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 come in a variety of colors and designs. The fabric you pick for your awning will not only impact the appearance of your outdoor space, but it will also influence how long it can endure direct exposure to the weather. In general, seek for a cover made of high-quality acrylics and yarn-like fibers.

Is the original quote an estimate or fixed price?

Sometimes homeowners may get an original quote that fits their budget, only to end up with a bill full of unexpected costs and additions. Quotes often cover an expected amount of work time, but over-time can drive up the final costs. Make sure to negotiate with your subcontractor in a way that guarantees the quote covers potential extra hours. Try to get a fixed price wherever possible.

Apple Annie Awnings is a well-known outdoor systems and awning company with over 30 years of expertise. We’ll help you choose the ideal awning for your business, with lots of color, style, and size choices to select from. Get in touch with us right away!