The Humble Awning – An Unsung Hero of Outdoor Living
The humble awning has a surprisingly long history. From the woven mat awnings that shaded the marketplaces of
Ancient Egypt and Syria, to the ubiquitous awnings of 19th century storefronts, awnings have always been popular.
There are multiple reasons for this popularity. However, I am going to give you my top three reasons for why everyone should consider installing an awning at their home or business.
The first reason is a bit of a no-brainer – shelter. Awnings can provide shelter from both the harmful, cancer-causing UV rays of the sun, and the odd downpour. They make sitting outside to dine or simply relax far more comfortable. After all, no one likes feeling like their skin is burning or having the glaring sun in their eyes while trying to drink a coffee. Having an awning means you get to avoid those irritations of outdoor living. Even better, you get to avoid those irritations while being a whopping 20 degrees cooler than outside the awning. Bonus!
Increase Space and Save Money
The second benefit of having an awning is that it effectively increases the space you have to work with at your home or business. Whether it’s extra space to eat with the family, or showcase your wares (which helps to drive sales), an awning is a great addition to any home or business.
There’s also an economical aspect to awnings in that they help to save you money in two key ways. Firstly, they prevent as much heat from getting into the house, which has a knock-on cooling effect and help to lower your cooling bill. Secondly, they prevent sun damage like bleaching or cracking to outdoor furniture which also helps to save you money in the long run.
A Traditionally Attractive Addition to Home or Business
Lastly, and this is my favorite reason, awnings are attractive in an ‘old school’ kind of way. No really, our ancestors
knew the value of a good awning. They were one of the main defenses against the heat of summer in a time before air conditioning. Not only that, but they were attractive, and advertised as an aesthetically pleasing addition to both homes and businesses.
Nowadays, we’ve upped our awning game quite significantly, producing shapes and styles unknown to our forebears. However, no matter what your awning needs are, we at Battlefield Hearth have the right awning for you. So why not give us a call today at 717-334-1232 or drop by our showroom, and experience the benefits of awnings for yourself!