Five Fabulous Reasons to Buy an Aluminum Awning for your Windows
As homeowners, we are always seeking ways to improve our homes that won't send us into the throws of bankruptcy in the process. The best improvements we can find to make are ultimately those that will save us money in the long run. In other words, improvements that over time will pay for themselves. There are many ways to do this with your home, but one that is very often overlooked, is installing an aluminum awning over your doorways and windows.
An aluminum awning is a relatively inexpensive home improvement project, which can cost even less is you can do the work yourself rather than having them professionally installed. There are several reasons in addition to the relatively low cost that actually make awnings pay for themselves over time.
First of all, and especially if you live in an area where the temperature is fairly warm for most of the year (pretty much the entire southern portion of the U.S. falls into this category in my experience) you can rather quickly pay for your aluminum awning in the money you save on your monthly electric bill. Aluminum is a wonderful material in warmer climates in that it actually reflects heat. Having one of these awnings over each window and doorway-the areas of your home that are typically most vulnerable to heat, can significantly reduce your utilities during the hot summer months.
Second, an aluminum awning can prevent damage caused by wind and rain to the woodwork around your windows and doorways. This will cut down on the need to perform costly maintenance tasks as well as help prevent the need for replacement doors and window.
Third, and surprisingly not often considered, is the fact that having an aluminum awning over a window can prevent the sun from damaging wood and fabric that is in the near vicinity of the window. This means that woodwork, carpet, furniture, and curtains are less likely to fade as a result of the suns rays.
The fourth benefit of an aluminum awning is the fact that it adds a certain degree of curb appeal to your home. Whether you are looking to sell your home or simply want to make your home more appealing as the place where you keep your family, awnings help your house look more like home. The more at home you feel in your house, the more it will become home, even if you've just moved in.
The fifth and final reason that I really love the idea of an aluminum awning on my home is the fact that these gems are a low maintenance way to do all the things I've mentioned above. If they need cleaning a good pressure washer will do the trick by itself or you can use a mild detergent and a little elbow grease, but awnings are not likely to need constant work or constant replacement which is in my opinion, fantastic!