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Railings are a certain bit of detail which combines form with function. In light of this, it’s good to consider both of these factors when deciding upon just what we desire for the materials to use in your construction. They should be durable, as well as pleasing to the eye. The particular location of them can help decide… for example, if you need porch railings, and you perhaps might be considering aluminum railings as the material of choice, you might opt for these for durability and low maintenance – but unless you want a rigid, straight design, you might decide otherwise. Smooth, round and flowing forms are not common among aluminum extrusion parts. This choice may be desirable however, for deck railings, and perhaps stairway railings in another location. Let’s look at some materials to consider below…

Aluminum Railings…

Aluminum railings are excellent for function, if for form you don’t need anything overly ornate. Lightweight, yet sturdy, aluminum railings are quite inexpensive, are pleasing enough to the eye, require very little maintenance over the many years to come, and can last decades. Aluminum railings can be textured, brushed, or polished smooth.

Vinyl Railings…

Vinyl railings (often vinyl coated steel or aluminum for structural strength) are quite a versatile type, and such material may be inexpensively molded into a wide variety of forms, twists and contours, and can be acquired in a broad spectrum of colours. The maintenance factor of these is next to zero, as all that is needed to make them look like new, even after multiple years of use, is simply to wash them down with soapy water.

EcoFabrics Inc Awnings

Awnings can greatly improve a home in many ways. Some of these can include raising property value, increasing the attractiveness of a home, and they can actually also help increase energy efficiency while decreasing utility bill expense.

But there are many types for different purposes, such as a porch awning for example. Porch awnings are large retractable awnings which can turn a porch or patio into an extended home living space, creating a cool and shady place to enjoy during the hot summer months.

There are many types of awnings to choose from… some are fixed, in that they do not retract, and there are those that fold up and away. But there are different shapes as well – some domed types are popular for doors and windows, and many of these are among the fixed variety. The retractable types may be hand operated, or some varieties may be fitted with sensors to detect light or rising temperatures. Both the retractable and fixed types however, can be used for energy efficiency as well, which can also raise the value of one’s home.

Awnings can provide energy efficiency…

Depending upon your home’s location and climate, having an awning over each window and door on the east, south and west faces of your home can lower indoor temperatures by 8-15 degrees.  These window awnings can translate into a decrease of air conditioning use of up to 25%. Retractable awnings are perfect for affecting energy efficiency, as they can be deployed for cooler temperatures in the summer months, and retracted to let natural light and heat from the sun into the home.

Awnings can raise the value of your home…

When calculating the raised value of your home due to energy efficiency, the numbers average about $17.00 or so for every dollar saved in utilities per year. Let’s imagine that you end up saving about $300.00 in utility bills per year – that would add over $5,000.00 to the value of your home.

But aside from this means of adding value to your home, if you were ever to put a home on the market, one of the first things a realtor thinks about for selling a home is “curb appeal” – how a home catches the eye from the road. Awnings do a wonderful job of appealing to the eye in this way, especially for neighborhoods where many homes along a stretch of road may be fairly identical. Window awnings and door awnings can really make a house stand out and seem more like a home.

Awning fabric choices add a unique and personal touch…

Awning fabric is also something to consider, as some types are better than others in terms of weatherability. The type that may suit your home best would depend on your region and it’s overall climate throughout the year, and how much direct sunlight shines down upon your home. Perhaps your home is well shaded by trees… if not, your choice of awning fabric type may be one which can stand up to UV rays better than other types.

The multitude of colours and patterns that awning fabric can come in – or even be custom ordered in your own special design preferences – are almost innumerable. Just about any pattern, design and colour can be chosen according to individual tastes, which makes the whole project have a unique and personal touch quite achievable by anyone.

Awnings – a simple home improvement project with a large effect…

But with all that awnings can do; providing energy efficiency, adding visual appeal to the home, extend living space out onto a deck, raise the overall value of the property… adding awnings to your home is a very inexpensive way to achieve all of this in one simple home improvement project, which in most cases can be done on your own, inexpensively, and without even hiring a single contractor. Any kind of home improvement project which would benefit the home is best when it brings the most value to your home while costing as little as possible in investment. Adding awnings to your home is just such a project, adding beauty in both form, as well as in function.