SOME GREAT IDEAS TO MAKE YOUR PATIO REALLY SPECIAL



The following suggestions are for those homeowners in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Port St. Lucie and surrounding areas, who want affordable, comfortable, and beautiful patios that they can enjoy all year long. Let us start with the benefits of adding an awning and then go on from there.

The Benefits of Adding an Awning

The many benefits of adding an awning to your home cannot be overstated! For one thing they so an awesome job just in providing shade. They really do so much more than just shade-in a patio. They have lots of additional benefits for Martin County and Palm Beach County homeowners to take advantage of. One of the most common type of home awning we offer are the ‘oh so popular’ retractable awnings in Stuart, so we’ll be sure to let you know about the specific benefits of this popular style of awning as well.

Shade

Shade is obviously the most frequently stated advantage that an awning has to offer. Year-round sun in South Florida can be quite intense, especially for the east- and south east- exposures of your home. Awnings provide decks, patios, and windows with that much needed addition protection from the heat of direct sunlight. The shade they give can even cool an indoor area by 20 degrees.

Rain Block

Of course, in the South Florida area, rain at certain times of the year can be a big deterrent from spending time outdoors on your deck or patio. Awnings are designed to protect that space from rain, so you can go ahead and plan any special outdoor get togethers and dinner parties without concern for getting rained out.

Style and Decor

The styles, patterns and fabrics available for you when choosing an awning for your home are multitudinous. There are lots of ways to match them to your outdoor décor as well as the outside of your home. Stylish awnings make a great addition to your home’s exterior appearance.

Maximize Your Time Outdoors

The great thing is that your patio, porch, or deck can easily become an extra room for your home. Most of us really enjoy the outdoors, but do not have the time available to travel distances to enjoy. So, the next best thing is to create a living space outside, right in your own yard. This approach combines the extra living space with the ability to be enjoy the outdoors. They give you the ability to eat meals and entertain outside, no matter how harsh the sun, how hot the heat, or how much rain is falling. Or, you may just want to sit and take in the flora and fauna in your own backyard! All of that is possible!

Protection from UV Rays

People in South Florida especially need to be mindful of exposure to the harmful rays of the sun. You know what I’m talking about if you live here! With an awning you can sit outside if you desire without the need for sunscreen and without worrying about harmful exposure to intense UV rays. This will also help keep your skin looking good while simultaneously reducing the risk of skin cancer!

Indoor Protection

You may not think about this one, but awnings also protect indoor rooms from the harsh effects of the sun. Long term exposure to the sun really damages carpeting, drapery, and even hardwood flooring. It can cause your furniture to fade, discolor, and warp as well. Awnings strategically located over windows and glass doors reduce and, in some cases, even eliminate that kind of exposure.

Increased Energy Efficiency

The biggest culprits when it comes to the areas where heat transfers inside a home and where AC leak occur, are of course, windows and sliding glass doors. Awnings create a savings of cooling energy of from 20% to 26% in these high South Florida temperatures.

The Extra Benefits of Retractable Awnings

Mechanized retractable awnings are capable of retracting all the way back to be flush with your home’s exterior. This allows homeowners to choose when they want the sun and when they don’t. In an area like Stuart, Florida, there are plenty of times when you want whatever light is coming through the layer of clouds to enter your home. Retractable awnings give you that ability.

Multiple Options

Each homeowner has different desires and expectations. Retractable awnings allow you to choose which features you want. You can select differ settings during different parts of the day or during different seasons. The options are entirely up to you and the way you want to program them. Just set your preferences and you’re done.

The Extra Benefits of Retractable Awnings

Mechanized retractable awnings are capable of retracting all the way back to be flush with your home’s exterior. This allows homeowners to choose when they want the sun and when they don’t. In an area like Stuart, Florida, there are plenty of times when you want whatever light is coming through the layer of clouds to enter your home. Retractable awnings give you that ability.

More Ways to Add Features to Your Patio

Adjustable Patio Covers

Another great patio concept is to install an adjustable patio covers so you have options to shade an area or when you want to open it up at night. A cover like this has a system of louvers that open or close as much as you want. The idea was derived from solid window blind louvers. Many people love being able to open the cover in the morning while enjoying your morning coffee, sipping your orange and having breakfast, and then close them when sun gets high in the sky.

How About Turning Your Patio into a Covered Screen Room

If cases where your patio has no roof and no protection from mosquitoes or other insects, you might want to turn it into a screen room. There are many great and economical ways to build a screen room. You often will not have to go through the expense of building a solid roof. Insulated aluminum patio covers and screen rooms can go up quickly. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, you can find a kit and install them yourself.

Add Ceiling Fans and Lighting to Your Patio

When adding any type of a patio cover besides an awning, you can install ceiling fans and lighting. The breeze of the ceiling fans and some outdoor lighting will be a welcome addition to your new space. Picture yourself enjoying a wonderful breeze on those balmy evenings while watching the sun set right from your patio. Now that’s Florida living!

If you have any questions about awnings or retractable awnings in Stuart, Florida or in any of the surrounding the surrounding areas including Hobe Sound, Port St. Lucie, Port Salerno, Jupiter or Tequesta, please call C and C Canvas and Awnings.