24 Apr

A Brief History of Awnings

Knowing where awnings came from will help you gain an appreciation

To know how far awnings have come, it is important to understand where awnings have come from. Knowing where awnings came from will help you gain an appreciation for the importance and usefulness of modern technology in making awnings as efficient as possible. Here is a short run-down of key points in history where awnings have been important.

The first known awnings were found in Ancient Syria and Egypt. These awnings were made from woven mats hung from wooden poles. This would provide a shade that could be used in a marketplace or on a home. There are many examples of awnings during the Roman Empire, and examples of awnings were even seen in the Epicurean philosopher Lucretius’ On the Nature of the Universe. They were also a prominent part of the Roman Colosseum.

Fast forward to the early 19th century, and awnings became increasingly popular as manufacturing increased. As factories and industry increased, the awning industry only became larger and more efficient. By the later 19th century, awnings were an essential part of many homes and buildings windows. Retractable awnings also were invented in this time, which was a huge convenience for owners.

The next big revolution has happened within the past few years. The invention of motorized awnings has become much more mainstream as of late and revolutionized the way homeowners look at awnings. From humble beginnings as mats on poles, awnings have come a long way. Understanding these humble beginnings will help you understand how great of an invention an awning is and will make you appreciate it more every time you retract it across your own patio.


20 Feb

Manual Vs. Motorized Awnings: The Pros and Cons

pro and con list for the two types of awnings

When choosing an awning you are presented with a true dilemma: motorized or manual retraction. Each one has distinct advantages over the other, so it can be a hard decision to make. Here is a pro and con list for the two types of awnings that will hopefully help you decide which style is better suited to your home.

Pros

Manual:

  • Cost: Manual awnings cost less than their motorized counterpart. The lack of complexity with automatic retraction and an electric motor greatly reduce the cost of an awning.
  • Less Maintenance: Electric awnings can get jammed, stuck, or overworked. While a manual awning can also get stuck a motorized awning may need expensive electric repairs to get working again after years of use.

Automatic:

  • Home Value: A motorized awning is very desirable, especially to potential home buyers. Having a motorized awning installed can increase the value of your home more than a manual awning.
  • Convenience: Being able to retract or extend an awning with a push of a button is far more convenient than pulling it out by hand.

Cons

Manual:

  • Less Convenient: Having to manually extend or retract an awning can be a hassle. If a storm begins the awning will need to be retracted and retracting an awning during a storm is not fun.

Automatic:

  • Expense: An automatic awning will cost more than a hand-crank equivalent. While it may be worth the cost in the long run, it still has a high initial cost of installation.

Deciding which type of awning to install can be difficult, but it does not have to be. After consulting the pros and cons of each it can be easy to decide which type of awning is a better choice for your home.