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An Overview of Fixed and Retractable Awnings

Awnings are designed to limit the amount of shade and provide protection to doors and windows in your home. This means getting awnings is a given, but exactly what type of awning should you choose? Our experts chime in on the difference between fixed and retractable awnings.

Fixed Awnings

Like their name suggests, fixed awnings are permanently fixed awnings. Most fixed awnings are custom-built for the space. Fixed awnings are popular because of their cost and low maintenance. However, they are not known for their versatility.

Retractable Awnings

Retractable awnings can be opened or retracted, usually by an operating mechanism. Some retractable awnings have to be operated using a hand crank while many of today’s options can be operated via remote control. Retractable awnings let you choose between having a fully exposed window if you need more natural light in your home or have it fully extended to provide more shade and shelter from rain. Because they are usually retracted during a storm to prevent them from getting blown away by strong winds, they are also called retractable hurricane screens.

Which Is Better?

The better option depends on your current awning needs and your given budget. If you’re looking for something with a more affordable upfront cost, a fixed awning is the superior option. However, you can get more value out of retractable awnings because they are much more versatile, plus you can keep them from getting damaged during a hurricane, helping you save in the long run.

If you’re looking at maintenance as a deciding factor, it mostly boils down to what kind of maintenance you’re willing to do. Fixed awnings do not have any moving parts, which means general maintenance is easy. However, you’re less likely to keep repairing a retractable patio awning because it can be retracted to completely avoid damage when a storm hits your area.

To know more about awning options, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Don’t let summer keep you off your patio. ArmorGuard Exteriors offers top-quality awning installation services. Call us at (904) 872-1712 or fill out this online contact form to request an estimate.

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