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Why You Should Purchase a Retractable Awning over Fixed Awning?

Posted: Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 | Filed under: retractable awnings, sustainable living, window treatments
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The biggest reason to purchase a retractable awning over a fixed awning is because it’s retractable. Retractable awnings give you flexibility and can be retracted quickly at any time. Motorized retractable awnings allow you to retract the awnings at any second with the touch of a button or the flip of a switch. Fixed awnings don’t allow you to do this.

A second reason why you should consider a retractable awning over a fixed awning is its convenience in terms of weather. Retractable awnings allow you to adjust to any angle desired whenever you want. Depending on the level of the sun, you can retract your awning to the desired position. Depending on the amount of sunlight or shade you prefer, you can adjust your awning accordingly. If it snows or rains, it’s important to protect your awning by retracting it. If you retract your awning during snowstorms or heavy rain, there’s no chance it could collapse. Same thing with a windy day, retract your awning to be sure windy won’t take hold of your awning and destroy it.

Retractable awnings are great solutions for any home looking for light and heat control off the back (or even front) on their home. Installing a retractable awning instead of a fixed awning gives you flexibility if and when you ever want to move to a new location. A fixed awning is just that, fixed and requires quite a bit of construction to move. Take a walk through New York City or even the surrounding suburbs and you will see homeowners with retractable awnings all over.

Retractable Awnings

Posted: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 | Filed under: Green shading, Home cooling, motorized window treatments, retractable awnings
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Retractable awnings are great for patios, balconies or any outdoor space where you’re looking for some shade on a bright, hot day or some protection from the rain on a gloomy day. Retractable awnings let you use your exterior areas to the fullest. Protect your patio space from heat, sun or rain with a retractable awning. Retractable awnings are not only great protection against unwanted weather, but because they are adjustable you can adjust them based on certain weather conditions.

Choosing a retractable awning over a fixed awning gives you flexibility. Motorized retractable awnings can be adjusted to any degree with the touch of a button. With motorized retractable awnings, you can also setup timers to link to weather conditions: wind, motion or sun. With automatic controls, your awning can adjust itself for you, even if you aren’t home. Retractable awnings are also easier to install that fixed awnings because they don’t require a permanent frame.

Retractable awnings are practical and can even serve as décor. With the wide selection of fabrics to choose from, customize your own retractable awning, like you would your window treatments, with designs based on your personal style and preference, or to match the exterior of your home.

Homeowners throughout New Jersey and townhouse owners throughout New York City have retractable awnings installed to keep out sun, glare and rain. By customizing your retractable awning to operate based off timers, you can reduce air conditioning costs and energy bills by over 20%!

Motorized Skylight Shades

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Covering a skylight window with a motorized window treatment not only adds a visual interest to the room, but it’s also a practical solution for controlling the amount of light and heat coming through the window. Skylights are hard to reach and it can be challenging to add a simple window shade where you have to either climb a ladder or use a long pole to open and close the shade. Sometimes extension poles can be hard to maneuver, especially if you’re reaching up high.

Motorized blinds or shades offer simplicity and are a practical solution for all your needs. By being able to open and close the skylight shade with the touch of a button or the flip of a switch, you can enjoy your television show without a glare and you can sleep in without the bother of the sunlight. Light control can be adjusted accordingly, whether you are trying to keep the heat out on a hot summer day or want to feel the warmth of the sun on a cold winter morning.

Don’t be bothered by unwanted heat and light entering your room through your sunlight. Motorized sunlight shades can be installed quickly and will provide ultimate light and heat control for your home. Penthouses throughout New York City have installed motorized blinds and sunlight shades to keep out the sunlight and to help block the noise coming from the “city that never sleeps.”

What Type of Window Treatment Should I Use?

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Deciding on window treatments for your home can be challenging. So many different windows, so many different shapes, so many different types of window treatments: your options are nearly endless. If you’re redecorating or remodeling your home, think about different types of window treatments available. Also, what type of home do you have: Modern, contemporary, country, etc?

Consider the amount of sunlight that enters through your windows. You most likely aren’t going to want to dress your front windows identical to your back windows. If you want to be able to control the amount of heat and light that enters your room relatively easy, folding shades or even roller shades might be your best options. Both allow you to open and close based on the amount of light you want entering the room.

Depending on your style, customize your folding shades or roller shades to your liking. If you’re looking for something simple, a honeycomb-type shade might work best. These window shades are available in a variety of fabric and pleat choices. With roller shades, you also have design flexibility, but roller shades tend to appear more fashionable and stylish.

Aside from simple folding shades and roller shades, window treatments come in all different shapes and size. Open your shades horizontally with simple folding shades or open your window shades vertically with draperies or wooden blinds, depending on your personal preference.