Retractable Awning for Balcony
Not everyone is lucky enough to own a secluded rural house with a large backyard or inviting wooden deck. But thankfully, condominium, office-building and apartment balconies are here to save the day. If you have a sun-exposed balcony, you can quickly jump out to sunbathe or enjoy the nice weather.
However, sometimes balconies can get overheated by the scorching summer sun, and so can outdoor furniture and indoor temperature. So if you live in a house, condominium or apartment building with balconies, or you own a lodging building that could use some shade, you might want to consider investing in a retractable awning for the balcony.
How does a balcony awning work?
If you have a balcony at your residence or office building and you want to enjoy more shade or light rain protection during the hot summer months, you can install a retractable balcony awning to soffits/eaves or overhangs. Such an outdoor shading structure will protect the balcony floor and furniture from overheating and simultaneously reduce the indoor temperature, thus reducing your air conditioning bill.
You can adjust the awning’s fabric by retracting or extending the mechanism with a detachable manual hand crank (for manual awnings) or by a push of a button or by using an iPhone or Android app (for motorized models). You can get UV rays and sun protection for you, your family, your pets and your furniture during the day and retract the awning back in the evening to enjoy a clear starlit sky view.
Do retractable awnings keep the rain out?
Depending on the production materials, some retractable awnings may keep the rain out. The term “retractable awnings” refers to the extending structures from the building that do not involve any additional support posts or columns. Without additional support posts or columns, you have a weight limitation that you need to comply with.
Taking the above into account, some vendors use PVC material for the fabric cover, which can keep most of the rain out, but has a significantly shorter lifespan than other production materials as standard PVC tends to deteriorate, rot, fade and mildew within 1-3 years.
On the other hand, solution-dyed acrylic fabrics can last you at least ten years with virtually no maintenance, but you need to retract them if rain starts pouring down (heavy rain). However, this material is usually water-resistant, meaning that it can handle small amounts of water (light rain) with enough pitch placed on the lateral arms for rain runoff.
Can retractable awnings withstand wind?
Most budget retractable awnings, especially those from China or those that are assembled in the USA using Chinese components, you find online cannot withstand any amount of wind, even light wind. Even if the vendors claim they do, they often do not have wind testing standards or methods to test the awning’s wind endurance/wind load.
If you live in a windy area and you need your awning to withstand specific wind levels, you can read our guide to retractable awnings for windy areas. The most important thing to remember is always to check whether the product has been tested on the Beaufort scale and TÜV certified according to international standards.
How to find a company for balcony retractable awnings?
The number of vendors who offer retractable awnings for balconies, patios, backyards and decks is endless. That’s why it might become difficult to find the right one.
By reading this article, you’re one step closer to finding the perfect company for you that will go the extra mile to find the solution that fits you best. You can read my guides on how to pick the best awning or company reviews from customers.
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