What is the Right Choice for your Home?

We at Canvas Craft know that making decisions for your home is not always easy. We have developed a few questions that help bring light to whether an awning is the right choice for your home. Instead of introducing our knowledge on what awnings can offer your home, we have pulled information from articles all over the web that you could also bring up if you were to research awnings yourself. We've done the work for you...

What is the Right Choice for your Home? 
We at Canvas Craft know that making decisions for your home is not always easy. We have developed a few questions that help bring to light whether an awning is the right choice for your home. Instead of introducing our knowledge on what awnings can offer your home, we have pulled together information from our resources that may help. We’ve done the work for you… 

How long have awnings been used? And how is it different now than before? This answer is covered in an article at home-improvementnews.com. Awnings have been used since ancient Egyptian times. Since air conditioning became a standard in homes awnings became less popular. With ever rising energy cost, ways to save money at home with a few simple changes has brought them back as a project that will save you money on energy costs paying for themselves in a short amount of time. Of course the new longer lasting and beautiful fabric choices make installing awnings on your home not only a way to save, but also a way to add value and beauty to your home.

Can installing awnings on my home save me money? The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association has done a new study which shows awnings can save up to 50% on cooling cost. Byron Yonce, MFC, chairman of PAMA states “People don’t realize that there are more eco-friendly ways to stay cool.” “While turning up the air conditioner results in higher energy bills, awnings and shades work with the air conditioner to keep your home cooler and reduce the need for additional energy.”


More energy is lost through one square foot of glass than through an entire insulated wall. Window Awnings will reduce the internal temperature of your home and will reduce your cooling energy bills. Solar heat gain can be reduced by 65% on south facing windows. Solar Heat gain and glare from direct sun entry can be reduced as much as 77% by adding window awnings with sides to east and west facing windows on your home.

Conversely, a retractable awning allows you to open and let sun in during the cold winter season. Eclipseawning.com features a photo located below that shows energy savings a Minnesota resident could expect to receive from adding awnings to their home. 

 

What are other benefits awnings can provide my home?  Home-improvementnews.com says, window Awnings can also protect your furnishings and hardwood floors from sun damage.” Newjerseymonthly.com adds value to putting awnings on your home by taking a different approach with this simple blurb, “retractable awnings can expand your outdoor living space and allow you to stay outside longer.” Since we reside Minnesota it is important that we have the capability to enjoy our summer months as we know our winter months can tend draw themselves out.

How do I know what the quality is of the awning I am choosing? Home-improvementnews.com says, “The best way to tell the quality of an awning is to look at the warranty that comes with the awning. You’ll find the least expensive models have a one year warranty, the middle grades will have a 5 year warranty, and the top of the line models will have a 10 to 15 year warranty. So what one is the best value? The top of the line models may be a bit more in price, but you’ll have the peace of mind knowing your awning is going to last for years to come without any inconvenience of fixing problems or needing to replace it. Comparing the time the awning will last, and the cost, you will find investing in a quality awning will cost less per year. Longer lasting high quality awnings will equal less cost per year and more energy savings. With all the colors and choices, you can enjoy the savings knowing that your awnings will pay for themselves in just a short amount of time. Not to mention all the curb appeal and style it will add to your home.”

We hope you found value in our research; we are always here to help aid in developing the home of your dreams. At Canvas Craft we are here to offer you metal and canvas options customized to protect the things you care about, and in this case give you a little energy savings.