Awnings serve good purpose for the house. Two of the purposes are first to protect against the outside weather elements and the second is to provide a nice decoration to the exterior. Adding an awning over a door will change the appearance of the home. Adding awnings over windows will change the appearance even more. The choice between fixed awnings and folding arm awnings must be made. The choice depends on the main reason for the awnings. If it were for a decor purpose, then a fixed awning would work. If it were to shield from the sun at certain times of day, a swinging arm awning would work.
Awnings can serve a third purpose; they help to decrease the energy use in the home. They cut down on the warmth of the windows and doors in the summer and the air conditioner does not have to run as much. In the winter they shield from the frozen rain and the ice and the heater does not have to run as much. UV rays can damage carpets, drapes, furniture, and other items within the room if the sunlight pours through daily. Awnings help to preserve the carpet and floors, furniture and other things within the rooms with windows that receive direct sunlight.
Awnings can serve to provide protection over porches, decks, balconies, and patios too. They help to create an area outside that protects from both the blaring sunlight and light rain. It makes for the addition of an area in which to entertain. Hold barbecues and parties out on the patio while providing a nice shade. It adds value to the home, giving the outside area a nice landscape touch. Larger awnings can even provide shelter for cars and these can be used as makeshift carports. They come in many materials and colors so they will match the exterior of the home perfectly.
Even if you desire some shade, but do not want obstructive views, there are awnings in light materials and screens where light filters through and some even allow for a view. These are nice if the sun is not too harsh and for areas that are a little milder than others are. When the doors and windows are opened to allow air in, the filtered light is a nice touch. Awnings are not the same as they were years ago; today’s awnings create a beautiful decoration statement as well as function.