These Two Types of Residential Awnings Are Stylish and Four-Season Ready
August 15, 2022
Keeping your home protected from the elements year-round can be easy when you have the right additions and enhancements. That’s just one of the reasons why adding awnings to a residence can be the right choice for homeowners, especially when the awnings are selected, designed, and installed by Dorchester Awnings.
Residential awnings are known for providing curb appeal, but it’s understandable if a homeowner requires some insight or expertise to choose what style and type of awning is right for them. The good news is there are some awnings that a homeowner just can’t go wrong with. Retractable awnings are a great stylish choice that offers many benefits and flexibility. Find out below why this type of awning could be right for you!
Explore the Differences in Types of Retractable Awnings for Your Home
If you’re a homeowner and have never considered purchasing an awning before – let alone retractable residential awnings – then it’s important to know that these coverings are available in two main variations: a lateral arm awning and a pivotal arm awning. Either is a great choice for residential buildings, but each type does have some distinct differences.
For instance, a lateral arm retractable awning is very similar to the appearance a traditional store-front awning offers. If you’ve ever traveled through a historic New England town, odds are you’ve seen this exact type of awning before! These tend to be larger than other types of awnings and can be retracted or expanded with either a hand-crank or an automated system.
Pivotal arm awnings offer the flexibility to be retracted and expanded just like a lateral arm awning, but they are specifically designed for use in a spring-loaded system. They also tend to be smaller and offer less of a covering than the lateral arm option, but there are more mechanical options available to implement in order to manage the retracting feature as motors and exterior ropes can also be used to manage this awning (which can be very helpful when they’re installed on second-story windows!).
Retractable Residential Awnings Offer Myriad Benefits
Dorchester Awning is an expert in not just installing shade coverings but also helping clients pick the right type of covering that will meet their specific and unique needs. Retractable awnings offer many benefits, so regardless of which type a homeowner chooses, they can have peace of mind for knowing the best in the business is there to ensure a seamless and successful installation. Which type of retractable awning you choose, where it’s being installed, and what kind of mechanism you want to use to expand and retract are key factors to consider. Regardless of which one is chosen, though, they’re designed to provide long-lasting curb appeal and protection from inclement weather throughout every season of the year.
Due to their retracting nature, it’s easy to pull them in when inclement weather arrives to prevent damage to the awning itself and to your home. Additionally, these coverings help protect furniture and keep the exterior home safe from additional wear and tear that can arise from being exposed to the elements. These types of coverings can also be easily designed and tailored to meet specific needs as they can be made from vinyl, canvas, or water-resistant fabric.
Get the All-Season Covering Your Home Needs Today!
Don’t wait to get the shade covering you’ve been wanting. As a homeowner, there’s no better time to move forward with a retractable awning project since these coverings are great to use 365 days of the year! Want more information? Dorchester Awning is here to help with our custom design process and tailored recommendations.
Your custom retractable awning can be installed sooner rather than later, especially now that you know what options are available to meet your unique needs. Contact Dorchester Awning today to get the process started and to experience how we work to customize the awning selection and installation process specific to our customers’ desires.