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There can be few people who are unaware that the primary use for an awning is to provide shade, thus making your living space more comfortable. However, there are a number of other important reasons why you may choose to add awnings to your home. Let's take a look at some of them.

Have you ever noticed how, when you're driving around a new neighborhood, the homes that really stand out are those that are enhanced visually by a splash of color? Adding an awning is a perfect way of making your home look colorful and pretty. It's a way of really standing out from the crowd.

Increase Your Home's Value

Anything that makes your home look more attractive will also instantly increase its value. In fact, if you're trying to prepare your home for a quick sale, adding a few carefully chosen awnings can be a simple way to make your home more attractive to potential buyers. Don't forget to point out to anyone viewing your home that awnings can have other benefits, besides just looking good.

You'll love the fact that your patio or porch will be more comfortable. Having a family barbeque early in the day, when the sun is at its peak, will no longer be an issue. Also, every member of the family from the oldest to the youngest can relax without worrying about sun block and hats; the awning will protect you from potentially harmful rays.

Where to Put an Awning

There are many areas of any home that can benefit from the shade and color of an awning. Over windows, around porches, above patios and even decks are just a few possibilities. A well chosen awning over your front door will make your entrance that much more welcoming for friends and family alike.

For larger areas, where an awning wouldn't be practical all year round, consider a retractable awning. If the possible expense intimidates you, remember that many kinds of retractable awnings can be installed by homeowners themselves. No need to pay for a technician.

Made to Measure Awnings

You can have specially shaped awnings to cover just the area that you want. No need to settle if the shape or color doesn't suit you for any reason. In fact, there is such a fantastic choice in sizes, colors and patterns, that you're sure to find the right awning for any home and personal taste.

The fact that you can even create a highly fashionable "outdoor room" with an awning can add considerably to your home's value. You can have fun scanning magazines and home improvement websites for ideas to make your outdoor room a reality, once you have a suitable awning in place. Don't forget to consider cooking and eating areas, as well as flowers and other attractive features to make this space everything you dream.

Living More Economically

A little-considered benefit of awnings is energy. Shading the exterior of your home with a collection of awnings will reduce heat buildup and thus result in lower energy bills. This can be a significant saving in some parts of the country.

Before you go ahead and purchase awnings, make sure you're getting value for money. Ask if any product you're buying comes with a warranty. What happens if they need repair for any reason? Bear in mind that some companies provide a 10 or 12 year warranty for their awning products.

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