Real estate professionals sometimes find that their homes for sale in Delray Beach are built with windows or doors directly facing sunlight and heat becomes an issue. Excessive exposure to the sun is also a concern for decks, the house entrance, and patios. One gets home and is unable to immediately find the house keys. If the door or front of the house is not adequately covered, fumbling for the keys can be an uncomfortable experience. These problems can be resolved using canopies.
Canopies Are Just Plain Enjoyable
Retractable and roll-up canopies give the owner the option of fully extending the shade during summer and rolling it up during the winter. This is ideal particularly for the deck, which many use as a comfortable place to take a nap. The shade also allows one to enjoy the outdoors regardless of the season.
Avoid Having to Pay for As Much Air Conditioning During Summer
Figures from the US Department of Energy show that canopies and awnings can lower summer heat on windows facing the south by 65%, while eastern and western facing windows reduce such heat gain as much as 77%. This could, therefore, lower your total electricity bills during summer as you will need to spend less on air conditioning.
Reduce Monitor Glare and Protect Windows
The woodwork around windows on Delray Beach real estate is also protected from rain by awnings and canopies, while furniture on the porch or patio is also shielded from the elements. Open windows are possible for a home even on rainy days with awnings. PC monitors and television sets near windows on sunny days will benefit from the reduced glare due to the awnings – an indication that the cooling effect of a canopy is not limited to the outside. The extension of this effect indoors has helped some homeowners limit the use of air-conditioning during the summer and lower their electric bills.
Homeowners have a choice between outdoor fabric and aluminum as the material for their canopies. Advantages of an aluminum canopy include sturdiness and low-maintenance, although shape and color options are limited. If the shade is made of fabric, it would entail greater care and maintenance, although more colors and shapes are available for this material type. Both alternatives are possible for casement windows. Personal preference and energy efficiency standards are key guides to determining the canopy size and drop or the amount of shade or coverage provided.
Style vs. Function
The choice in terms of size will involve a trade-off: Some individuals may prefer larger awnings to maximize protection and coverage, while others may prefer smaller ones when more premium is placed on the decorative impact. If the emphasis is given to aesthetics, many manufacturers already offer canopies and related accessories in various shapes, designs, and colors. It should be noted that coverage by canopies or awnings can be enhanced by using side panels, although these are not necessary. Special canopy models are also on the market for windows that open to the outside of Delray Beach luxury homes.
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