A retractable awning or hard patio cover can help protect you from the wind, rain, or hot sun during an outside barbecue or while mingling with guests or just relaxing on your patio. In fact, there are a wide range of benefits you can enjoy with either a retractable awning or a patio cover.

Retractable Awning

Retraction is a big benefit to having an awning over your patio. You can easily choose to retract the awning and enjoy the sunny weather or keep it overhead to provide protection from the hot sun and other outside elements. Since they can withstand wind, rain, and the hot sun without experiencing damage, fading, or deterioration, awnings allow you to control the weather by either leaving it up or retracting it partially or fully. You can also change the awning if you get tired of the color and style or to match new patio furniture.

Additionally, retractable awnings typically are inexpensive compared with other types of patio covers, which can save you money.

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Hard Covers

Patio covers are hard, permanent structures that can keep your home 20% cooler during hot summer days and block up to 99% of UV rays. They’re practically maintenance free, as you just have to run water over the top of the cover to clean it and generally don’t need to paint or repair it.

You can determine which style of patio cover best fits your home, such as vinyl or wood, and enjoy the energy savings and comfort you’ll experience. Plus, you don’t have to worry about it being easily damaged by winds and rain.

There are benefits to a hard cover or a retractable awning for your patio. You’ll need to decide which best fits your needs and will ultimately fulfill your purpose of having something overhead. Start by choosing something that best fits your budget and your style of home.

Paul Construction and Awning can help you find what you’re looking for as far as a patio cover or a retractable awning, and the company can install one today.