Awnings & Energy Efficiency


Shading the outside of your home should be your first line of defense against summertime heat. In fact, shading your home with well-placed trees, shrubs and vine-covered trellises, or wide overhangs, such as patio covers, can reduce the temperature indoors by as much as 8°-15° Fahrenheit on a hot day! Here are a few outdoor shading strategies to consider.

Solar screens resemble standard window screens; however, they can block up to 85% of the sun’s rays from entering your home. Not only that, but they cut glare and allow air to flow into your home. But the benefits of solar screens don’t stop there. They also help reduce fading of your furniture, drapes and carpeting commonly caused by the sun’s rays; they increase your privacy; and they can be made to fit any window opening, including arches and circles.

Awnings are back in fashion, especially retractable awnings. They block direct sunlight and can reduce heat gain in your home up to 77%. They cut glare and help eliminate faded upholstery, drapes and carpet. They can increase the value of your home, reduce your air conditioning and heating costs, and they operate with just the push of a button, making it easy for you to retract them to let the sun inside on cold winter days.

Tip: Light-colored awnings reflect the most sunlight.