It’s that time of the year when our attention turns to the outside of our homes.
In the UK, we’re not blessed with year-long, beautifully warm weather, and that means we need to grab any slice of it, whenever it arrives.
There are some brilliant things you can do to your garden and the immediate area outside your home to make outdoor living more of a reality.
Adding an awning is one of the best moves you can make if you’re serious about making the most of spring, summer, and even the autumn.
The obvious benefit of installing an awning on your home
Let’s cover off the most obvious benefit awnings offer.
They provide a space in your garden which can be enjoyed, no matter what Mother Nature happens to be getting up to!
In countries like the UK where rain showers can arrive unannounced and the heatwaves can be troublesome for many people, awnings are perfect garden additions.
Rainproof, windproof, and capable of keeping harmful UV rays away from your skin, it’s no wonder they’ve become such a popular purchase for homeowners in recent years.
So, let’s consider some of the added benefits offered by modern awnings.
We’ve spoken a lot about the weather in today’s blog, but it’s impossible not to reference it regularly in the UK.
The good news is that awnings are now available with wind and rain sensors, thus making your life a whole lot easier (and safer).
Today’s awnings are incredibly tough, but they do have their limits. Therefore, when they sense wind that’s a little too strong for comfort, they can automatically retract, thus preserving your investment.
The same goes for rain. If you’d rather head indoors when the heavens open, rain-sensing awnings will do the exact same thing and head automatically back into their box when they sense rain.
They’re so easy to use
How many times have you bought something for the garden only for it to spend vast amounts of time not being used?
Often, this is because that ‘something’ is an absolute pain to set up. And, given that we only have very specific opportunities to enjoy our gardens in the UK, the idea of continually setting something up only to pack it down moments later isn’t great.
That’s what makes awnings so perfect. They’re incredibly easy to use, thanks to remote control and the aforementioned weather sensing technology.
The net result? They actually get used and enjoyed daily!
You can connect awnings to your smart home
That’s right – it’s possible to connect the latest awnings to smart home networks.
Certain models are now compatible with the likes of Apple’s HomeKit, enabling you to remotely operate your awning and have it react to your location (for instance, have it automatically extend when you return home. Smart!).
They’re only visible when they need to be
The latest awnings are designed to fit effortlessly into any home’s existing aesthetic, but that doesn’t mean you’ll want yours on display all of the time.
This is what makes retractable awnings such an attractive proposition for homeowners. They can be extended and add that extra special ‘something’ to your garden when needed and retracted whenever they’re not required.
That means your awning will never get in the way if you’re doing work on the house or need space above your head for activities in the garden. It’s the ultimate in convenience and design.
If we’ve got you excited about the possibility of adding a retractable awning to your home, just get in touch with the Horizons team to find out more.