Awnings are known for creating shade, but these retractable outdoor coverings can do more than just provide a place out of the sun on the patio. Here are other ways installing a shade awning can improve life in and around your home or business.
By creating shade, an outdoor awning expands the usable space around the building for many activities during the summer, like eating and relaxing with friends outdoors or a creating a comfortable lunch area for employees. A shade awning in the High Desert area can also make outdoor living more comfortable in winter when warm days or glare make being outside in the sun uncomfortable. Some fabrics can withstand light rain, although awnings should always be complete dry before being retracted.
It might be less obvious, but an awning can also be good for your health – if it gets you outdoors into a safe and comfortable location to enjoy fresh air and nature. Temperatures in the shade are often as much as 15ºF lower than in full sun, and this can make the difference between a comfortable outdoor location and one that is intolerable in the summertime heat of Victorville.
Awnings also protect the inside of the house in two ways. First, when open and located in front of sliding doors or large windows, they block UV rays from damaging furniture, rugs, hardwood floors, and artwork. Also, when carefully placed for maximum solar protection, awnings can improve the building’s energy efficiency and lower air conditioning costs.
Sliding glass doors are especially vulnerable to heat exchange, letting summer heat seep into a home. An awning outside a sliding glass door can create a pleasing and usable outdoor space and make a significant contribution to reducing air conditioning bills.
For more information on installing an awning at your High Desert home or business, contact Express Blinds & More.
Temperatures are still mild in Victorville this time of year, and it can be easy to forget about the summer heat ahead. Summertime heat means energy costs for air conditioning and cooling, and window coverings can make a big difference in keeping energy bills down. The right blind, drape, or shutter can significantly reduce heat gain through windows in the summer, as well as keep the building warmer in winter.
How Window Treatments Block Victorville Summer Heat
Slatted blinds can also be used to focus strong sunlight upward toward a light colored ceiling, creating a cool and glare-free reflected light source in the room during the day.
To maximize heat loss or gain through a drape-covered window, the drapery should be installed as near as possible to the window. A cornice at the top of the drape gives added protection against hot or cold air moving from the window into the room. When the sides of drapes are sealed against the wall with magnetic strips and the drapes are overlapped in the middle, you can achieve the maximum energy savings.
Also, draperies, shutters, and blinds only help control heat if they are opened and closed at the right time of day. If no one is home to do this manually, automatic blinds can solve the problem by closing and opening on a pre-programmed schedule or whenever you like through control through a smartphone.
Shade awnings, available through Blinds Express Inc., are rugged and durable and do not usually require much maintenance, as long as they are used correctly. However, there are a few ways of caring for a shade awning which increases the useful life of the product and assures its trouble-free operation.
Opening and Closing the Awning
If your awning opens with a manual hand crank, make sure that the crank is always turned gently with the handle held in line with the eyelet. If the awning starts to sag as it is opened, retract it until the fabric tightens up again.
The arms that hold the awning open should never be fully straightened when opening. Attempting to open an awning past the gear stop to straighten the arms can cause damage to the gear and the arms. It is possible to install a stop to prevent accidental over-extension on manually retractable awnings.
Caring for Awning Fabric
Awnings are made with water resistant fabric, but seams can hold moisture longer than the surface of the fabric. Retracting an awning before it gets wet is the best way of preventing rot and mildew problems, but sometimes it is not possible to do.
For help with installation and care of a shade creating awning at your High Desert home or business, contact the experienced staff at Express Blinds Inc.
If you are thinking of installing new drapes, shades, or blinds you may also be wondering what it takes to keep window covering like these clean. Window treatments add aesthetic style, texture, and color to an environment, along with increased temperature control and privacy, but they also require occasional care to keep looking their best. This does not have to be a giant chore, especially if it is done on a regular schedule.
Keeping Shades, Blinds, and Drapes Clean
One way of handling cleaning of window coverings is by using a professional cleaning service. Many companies in the High Desert and Victorville area specialize in cleaning window coverings, including carpet cleaning and general housekeeping businesses. Regular service by one of these professionals is a simple solution for always having blinds, shades, and drapes looking their best, but the price tag is not in everyone’s budget.
Keeping window covering looking good on your own does not have to be a daunting task. Blending this task into your existing weekly and monthly cleaning schedules is the best way of getting it done. Depending on what type of window coverings you have, the most important cleaning supplies needed are;
For any window covering, start by checking and following the product manufacture’s cleaning instructions. You can also consult with an expert and Express Blinds and More for more detailed information on how best to care for your window coverings.
Curtains and drapes made of cotton, nylon, and polyester are usually machine washable. Most can be washed in warm water on the gentle setting and then dried on low heat until warm but not completely dry. Remove immediately from the dryer and hang to avoid ironing.
When dusting or wiping down blinds and shades, open them and start at the top and work down. A feather duster is often all that is needed. Use a damp cloth if there is a build-up of dust, and let the blinds dry completely before closing.
At Express Blinds & More in the High Desert town of Victorville, we understand that covering your doors can be tricky. Just like windows, your doors are portals to the outside world, letting in light, exposing you to the view of your neighbors and transferring heat or cold. And just like your windows, your doors need to be properly covered.
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