There are many ways to decorate and design the exterior of the home. The siding and roof are just a part of the package. After you decide on siding or brick and shingles or metal roof, you have your windows, which also add to the look of the exterior. Many will stop at that and leave it, but there are more you can do to add beautiful touches and decor to the exterior. Awnings are excellent ways to dress up above both doors and windows. Not only do they serve a good purpose and look good, they also help to conserve energy, and help to reduce the home’s utility bills.
An awning will work to protect the door or window from sunlight, rain, hail, snow, and ice. It will character to the exterior design, and even people driving by will notice, as the home will have a curb appeal it would not have without the awnings. The awnings will protect the doors and windows from damage from the elements, and keeps them looking good. Paint and stain fades, wood buckles, windows become streaked, unless something is there to protect from the damage of the weather and sunlight.
Awnings add a custom look to homes, and since there are different types, they match the exterior very well. Deciding on what kind of awning is up to you and up to the environment in which you live. If looks are that important you may want to consider a retractable awning, which can be extended when needed, then retracted when not, so it gives the appearance of no awning. Some awnings have certain looks and it will add character, especially when used above windows. Stationary awnings may be more decorative while retractable awnings may just serve the purpose of protection.
The look of the home does affect the value of the home and if you want to increase the value, add some curb appeal. If you add curb appeal that also adds function, you will have a winning combination. Awnings increase the value of the home while decreasing the utility bills significantly. They act as a dressing to the outside over doors and windows, often looking like a crowning point, drawing attention to whatever it protects. Doorways look friendlier if they have a pretty covering. Windows look quaint and cozy if an awning covers them.