Window awnings offer great aesthetic value and can enhance your home’s curb appeal, but they also offer a variety of practical uses. Many people think about installing window awnings but never get around to it, mainly because they’re unsure if the investment is worth it.
If you’re on the fence, take a look at some of the most common reasons homeowners opt to install window awnings.
Awnings installed above windows can result in noticeable savings on energy bills, particularly during the summer. During the summer, windows can retain heat and release it back into your home. With an awning creating shade over the window, it reduces the amount of heat that your window will retain, thus saving money on the energy it would take to keep your home cool. During the winter, an awning can provide further protection from cold drafts that leak through the window which will reduce the amount of energy used to heat your home.
Protection From the Sun
Have you ever experienced fading on your favourite sofa or area rug due to sun exposure over time? A window awning can provide an ample amount of shade to protect your belongings that sit underneath it. It keeps the colour of materials from fading by minimizing the amount of UV rays from entering your home.
Extended Living Area
If you enjoy outdoor meals on the patio, an awning installed over your patio door can create an extended living area out on the porch. It will provide better protection against the sun during the day and a more private setting for you and your house guests.
Protection Against the Elements
Enjoy the soothing sound of the elements with the windows wide open while it’s raining. With a window awning installed over your home windows, you won’t have to worry about rain water leaking into your home through your open windows. You have options for ventilation regardless of the weather conditions. In addition to this, rain, snow, and condensation can wear down your windows over time. Having a window awning installed can provide better protection to the exterior of your windows during inclement weather conditions.
Condensation is often the main cause of window damage, even in high-quality windows made of durable materials. This occurs when moisture gets trapped between the inside surface of the window. Condensation will look like foggy patches with droplets of water and it will also make it more difficult to see through the window.
If you are seeing signs of condensation on your home windows, you should clean and wipe your windows dry, because it may lead to mould and fungus growth on the window. Having a window awning installed above a window can prevent condensation by providing extra coverage, and reducing the amount of water and moisture that can come in contact with the window.