Sonya Awning April 21st, 2018 - 11:42:43
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.
Part of the appeal of retractable awnings, and one feature which makes them a practical asset for both home and business owners, is how easy it is to keep them looking beautiful and functioning smoothly. For a retractable awning, "maintenance" boils down to occasional washing and routinely closing it to keep the awning fabric and frame in prime condition. Gentle Cleaning The major concern for retractable awning fabric is stains caused by leaves, vines, tree sap, and other elements like smoke, particularly in autumn as leaves fall and plants begin to die back. Cleaning an awning has only two steps: 1. Use a broom to gently remove leaves and debris. 2. Hose down the awning, making sure to avoid the end of the awning with the motor, if motorized.
European lines have the highest quality, partly because awnings have been used in Europe for thousands of years and are tightly integrated with building design concepts. This long history has led to the best designed and manufactured awnings available: Tight manufacturing standards- Internationalized, rigorous QA testing standards- Certification processes for materials- Durable material quality for frames, fabrics, and threads- Continuously evolving styles, features, and development On the other hand, most budget (residential) retractable awnings tend to be made in China, an area plagued by consistent complaints about poor quality control, poor materials, and poor labor. With budget lines, product quality, sometimes even product materials, varies significantly between lots. - Lower quality materials- Lack of testing or certifications- Limited styles- Inconsistent manufacturing quality.
Also, retractable awnings have financial benefits over fixed awnings that make them a tempting solution: Retractable awnings are overall less expensive than fixed awnings to install, and they dont require a contractor. Retractable awnings are about a quarter to a third of the cost of permanent construction to cover and utilize the same square footage. Because many styles of retractable awning arms are spring-loaded, there are no support posts to install, to block the view from under the awning, or to act as a potential hazard for children and pets. They require virtually no maintenance, not even mandatory cleaning.Capital Improvement Advantage Retractable awnings have interesting ways of saving a business money: o Direct energy cost savings. Sun protection systems cut heat buildup in a room as much as 77%, translating into a direct utility bill savings of up to 25%. "Dual use" as signage and promotion. Business names, logos, and telephone numbers can be printed on the awning, which saves money on constructing and designing separate signs.