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Things to Consider Before Buying a Retractable Awning

A retractable awning can be a fantastic addition to the outside of your home. Not only does it help protect you and your property from sunlight and rain, but it is also a visually appealing design element that can boost the aesthetics of your space. The retractable awnings and pergola canopies can come in various sizes, styles, and prices. Here are a few factors to consider when deciding which is right for you.

Quality – Take a minute to consider the awning quality you want. Obviously, the better the quality, the more expensive it usually is. However, depending on where you live, you might need a higher-quality awning to ensure your space continues to look great even when dealing with issues such as strong winds, intense UV rays, or copious rainfall.  

Price – It is important to remember that sometimes less cost upfront can end up being the more expensive option in the long run. The better the quality of your awning, the more you are likely to pay at up front, but you will likely see fewer costs associated with repairs and replacements in the future.

Retracting Mechanism – There are two types of retracting mechanisms—manual and motorized. Both come with their own unique pros and cons, so it is important to weigh which one works best for the outdoor space you want. Manual retracting mechanisms require a little elbow grease to open and close, but are unlikely to run into any technical issues. Motorized mechanisms are easier to use, but involve a higher risk of needing to be repaired.