Why Your Deck Needs an Awning This Spring

Spring is a great time to rejuvenate, recharge and start over. With gentle sunshine but without the sweltering heat of a typical July in Utah, it’s great time to revamp the appearance of your home. There are many ways to improve the look of your home before this spring. Awnings are an excellent way to give your deck or patio enchanting ambiance without emptying your entire wallet. And not only are awnings a great way to add color and personality to your home, but they also provide shade. In states with intense summers like Utah or Nevada, an awning can turn a miserably hot day into an enjoyable vacation.

Many awnings are available in plenty of color options and patterns. There are dozens of choices — from stripes to solids and from slide-wire to retractable. You can decide what look would be best for your home. They also often come with limited warranties and remote-controlled extension. One great thing about an extendable awning is that you can decide if you want to enjoy your deck in comfortable shade — or you can simply retract the canopy and get a suntan. The weather can be fickle, especially in states like Utah, so it’s good to be able to adjust the climate on your deck or patio.

Besides blocking undesired sunlight, awnings can also protect you from things like rain or bird droppings. You may be surprised how often a beautiful deck can be desecrated by the neighbor’s pigeons. Awnings can also extend the life of your deck because they protect it from rain or sun damage over long periods of time.

Custom-designed awnings are not uncommon, either. If you have a unique patio, an awning is still an option. Depending on the size and material of your awning, the price can vary. But generally speaking, an awning is always affordable — especially if you compare it with other renovations. In Utah, the housing market is improving. Believe it or not, adding an awning can actually improve the value of your home.

Whether you want the shade protection or the aesthetic appeal which awnings offer, an awning is a great idea. Getting an affordable awning is easy and good for your patio. With a simple crank or the touch of a button, you can feel like your home has expanded beyond its walls. Your deck, patio or terrace can turn into an attractive living space with the addition of an awning.


Sara Bezdjian enjoys writing articles for Fusion 360 Agency in Salt Lake City. When she isnt reading or playing roller derby, you can find her eating ice cream.