Sonya Awning April 29th, 2018 - 11:21:49
Awnings have been common for more than 2000 years; retractable awnings have been around for almost 150 years. While the history of using awnings stretches far back in Europe and retractable awnings are commonly used there today, theyre rare in the United States - despite the fact that retractable awnings were invented in the US. This uneven adoption has led to an exposure of design options in Europe - intricate frames, new types of retractable frames, bold colors, and luscious patterns - while America, treating awnings as a practical afterthought, has stayed more conservative. A Quick History Some form of awnings has been around for millennia, starting in Egypt and the Middle East and spreading across the Roman Empire. Most of those were fixed canopies of mats, skins, or fabric bolts hung over poles. In the mid-1800s, shop owners began using movable awnings, which simply bunched up the fabric when it was taken down. In the latter part of the century, they began rolling awnings on a tube, cleanly retracting them and keeping the fabric safe. With minor variation, this is the same basic design used today on lateral arm retractable awnings.
Usually, then, when a company advertises a "residential awning," theyre signaling that this is a budget line, while "commercial grade awnings" represent high-end lines. Manufacturing Regions and Differences in Quality here are three important manufacturing regions for retractable awnings: Europe, North America, and Asia (mainly China). Each of these manufacturing regions corresponds almost directly to the awning quality: The highest quality retractable awnings are manufactured in Europe, midrange awnings in America, and budget lower quality awnings in China. Most awning companies in the USA sell either commercial awnings from Europe or budget lines from China.
How easy an awning is to maintain depends a lot on how it is made, and there are differences between retractable awnings. The fabric on low-quality awnings, particularly cheaper fabrics like canvas and vinyl, is the component most vulnerable to damage: rotting or mildew from rain and humidity, sun exposure, frayed seams, cracking, and fading. Quality retractable awning companies use solution-dyed acrylic, a chemical fiber with the color embedded into it. Solution-dyed acrylic is a woven fabric, so it dries quickly, avoiding mold or mildew. Since is a synthetic fiber, it doesnt rot. And, since the color is part of the fiber itself, it lasts as long as 15 years before being replaced.
Buying Smart Retractable awnings offer potential to business owners to improve their public exposure affirmatively - in a way that is still cost-efficient and simple. Maximize that investment: Get commercial frames. The best-engineered frames are from Europe, and these are the commercial-grade awnings. Residential (medium quality) awnings and their components are made in the US, while budget awnings are generally from China and are of the lowest quality. o Buy online. For one thing, buying online costs about 35% less than buying from a brick and mortar store. A good online company will provide 3D images of what the awning will look like on your building, fabric samples, and ample installation support, along with long warranties, so theres no risk in the product quality. Look for engineering quality, meaning TÜV and Eurolab certifications. These mean the frame has been thoroughly tested. Get automatic accessories. According to industry studies, motorized retractable awnings are four times more likely to be used than manually operated awnings. Other features like sensors (for sun, wind, rain, and motion), pitch adjustment for rain runoff, and remote controls can also improve retractable awning use.