Learn something new every day
More Info... by email
Several different types of deck awnings may be used to provide shelter from rain, snow, and direct sunlight. Fixed awnings are the least expensive type and can be sized to fit most decks. Retractable awnings may be hand-operated or be equipped with an electric motor for easier operation. Canopy-style deck awnings can be permanently attached to the structure or portable. Deck awnings are typically covered with vinyl, canvas, aluminum, or steel material.
Fixed deck awnings are one of the simplest coverings and also the least expensive. These permanent structures typically consist of a tubular steel frame with a heavy-duty covering. A fixed awning is usually attached to the adjoining house or building. This type of awning can be custom sized to fit most decks. Standard-sized, fixed awnings are sometimes sold as a do-it-yourself installation kit containing all necessary materials.
Retractable deck awnings have become very popular among homeowners. They can be extended for shade or retracted when full sunlight is desired. A retractable awning is usually attached to a nearby wall. This type of awning may be operated by a hand-crank mechanism or an electric motor. Hand-crank models are typically the least expensive option.
Motorized, retractable deck awnings require a source of electricity for their operation. The least expensive motorized versions are wired directly to a fixed switch. More expensive models may be operated by a remote control or programmable timer. Certain types of retractable awnings are activated by a light-detecting sensor. Both hand-crank and motorized awnings may be purchased in standard-sized, do-it-yourself installation kits.
Canopy-style awnings can be permanently attached to the deck or to portable structure for special occasions. Permanent awnings typically rely on both the home and the deck for structural support. They are usually equipped with a sturdy metal frame to withstand heavy rain, wind, ice, and snow. Lightweight, portable deck awnings are generally constructed with an aluminum frame that can be quickly assembled. Portable canopy-style awnings are generally unsuitable for inclement weather conditions.
Several different types of material can be utilized to cover deck awnings. Heavy-duty vinyl, for example, is available in many designs and colors, but may be easily damaged by wind, snow, or ice. A canvas covering can be custom designed to match the color scheme of adjoining structures and is usually more durable than vinyl. Aluminum is a strong, lightweight material capable of withstanding snow, ice, and high winds. Colorful, steel panels have also become very popular and have the same basic features of aluminum.
@heavanet- Thanks for the tip. Since these types of deck awnings are more costly than others, it is important to take care of them to ensure that they last and are worth the cost.
Another good piece of advice to follow for retractable deck awnings is to be sure to retract them whenever the weather is stormy or windy. This will prevent them from getting damage that will affect their usefulness.
I have a retractable deck awning, and it is great. Not only does it keep the sun away when needed, but it can be easily retracted on days that the people on the deck want to catch some rays. If you choose this type of deck awning, a good tip to follow is to use it at least several times a week to keep the mechanism working smoothly.
One of our editors will review your suggestion and make changes if warranted. Note that depending on the number of suggestions we receive, this can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Thank you for helping to improve wiseGEEK!