By: Danny LipfordPlay | Download (Right Click, Save As...)
When you think about how much exposure a home has to sunlight, it’s no wonder that it takes a toll. The sun’s rays can make painted exterior surfaces bake and peel. Sunlight passes through windows, exposing the interior to ultraviolet rays and serious heat gain, and those UV rays fade and destroy fabrics and materials over time.
For many homeowners awnings are the perfect answer. By shading windows, walls, and patios; you can block up to 60 percent of the sun’s heat and almost all of the damaging UV rays. The payoff is lower cooling bills and inside fabrics and furnishings last a lot longer.
There are basically two types of awnings—stationary and retractable—most of which are very reasonably priced and easy to install. And besides, the right awning can add a stylish accent to its appearance.