Fixed vs. Retractable Awning: Which Should I Choose?

Outdoor living spaces are all the rage these days. A nicely designed patio or deck will not only bring the family together more often and ease unhealthy stress, it’s a good investment that adds to the value of your home. But to really get the most out of your outdoor space, extend the amount of… Read More


Outdoor living spaces are all the rage these days. A nicely designed patio or deck will not only bring the family together more often and ease unhealthy stress, it’s a good investment that adds to the value of your home. But to really get the most out of your outdoor space, extend the amount of time you can comfortably spend out there by adding shade and overhead rain protection. Not only will you spend more time enjoying your backyard, but it will protect your deck from bleaching, and your skin from harmful UV rays.

While there are a few different installations options, most people find that retractable awnings or permanent fixed shades fit their needs best, and offer the most options in terms of color and designs. When choosing between the two, it’s important to consider the climate you live in and what the outdoor space is used for. Each type has its benefits and limitations, depending on each homeowner’s situation.

The nice thing about permanent shades and awnings is that they will protect your deck from weather all year round. Unfortunately, that’s also one of their biggest drawbacks: when installing a permanent awning, things like average rainfall and heaviest snow loads must be considered. It’s not a project recommended for amateurs. With permanent fixtures, having a professional install the structure will save you from worrying that a particularly heavy wind might pull it down, damaging your house. Other drawbacks to permanent shades include the difficulty of cleaning them, and the fact that often they require a builders permit and HOA approval to install.

But when it comes to protection and durability, permanent shades can’t be beat. They can cover larger areas and take the impact of large branches and debris. If you want to hang plants and decorations from the structure, they can handle the weight.

People who choose retractable patio awnings are trading a little less protection year round for the benefit of sunshine when they want it and shade when they don’t. You can retract the awning all the way or halfway, changing the pitch and angle to fit your needs, giving you essentially customizable sun. Retractable awnings are great for potted deck gardens, and they are easy to clean. If you want to sit on your deck and look at the stars, or use your fire pit, with a retractable patio awning you can. Many patio awnings offer lighting options as well.

You can also outfit your awning with weather sensors, which extend and retract the awning according to the elements, extending the life of the awning. And when you’re ready to update the look of your house, the fabric is simple to replace with something more modern. Retractable patio awnings are easy to customize to your individual tastes, with more color and pattern options available.

SugarHouse Awning offers a variety of fixed and retractable awing options. Talk to your local SugarHouse Awning consultant today to get suggestions and design advice from an expert. And enjoy your house more this year.

 

SugarHouse Industries is the largest provider of custom awnings, boat tops and specialty canvas covers in the Intermountain West. Established in 1941, our family-owned business remains committed to putting a personal touch into everything we do. That is why we custom-make every product we offer to fit the unique needs of our clients. Read our Google Reviews to see why our customers have been choosing SugarHouse for the past 75 years.