How do awnings save on energy costs?

A 2007 study conducted by the Center for Sustainable Building Research at the University of Minnesota found that awnings can save homeowners up to 25 percent on energy costs. Awnings result in cooling energy savings by “reducing direct solar gain through windows.” In addition, according to the Department of Energy publication, Cooling Your Home Naturally, awnings block up to 77 percent of solar heat that is absorbed through windows.

What should I consider when purchasing an awning?

A few things to keep in mind while meeting with one of our experts include: 

  • What outdoor space are you looking to shade?
  • How large of an awning will you require, including width and projection?
  • How will the awning be attached to your home – roof, soffit or wall mount?
  • What fabric color or pattern are you interested in?
  • What type of options should I include for my needs?
  • What type of warranty comes with the awning model you select?
  • What is the timeline from the time you place the order to the time of the install?
How do I clean my retractable awning?

Retractable awnings are not only easy to operate, they’re also easy to maintain. To start with, the location of your awning determines the frequency we recommend cleaning it. If your home is located inland, you should clean your awning twice a year. If you are on or near the ocean, you should clean your awning once a month due to the salt exposure.

To clean your awning, spray off loose debris and dirt with a water hose. For bird droppings and other attached residue, use warm water and a soft bristled scrub brush on the spot requiring attention before rinsing with your hose. After you have removed any loose dirt and/or residue, allow your awning to dry completely before coating with a rain repellent.

If there is any damage, have the fabric repaired before you store it for the winter. If the braid along the front edge of the valance has frayed, replace it.

How much wind is safe for my awning?

Retractable awnings are primarily for sun protection and should not be left out in windy conditions or when the area the product is covering is not being used. Wind is an unpredictable force, however, and can quickly change direction and intensity. In “real life” applications the rule of thumb is: if you are comfortable sitting outside dining or reading the paper, then it is probably safe to use your awning. The concern with wind is a lifting effect on the awning rather than the downward force; therefore, the greater the pitch, the more wind resistant the unit is.


What is an all season sunroom?

A sunroom is an outdoor enclosure using large, spanning windows to emphasize the outdoors. The great thing about all season sunrooms is that they are designed to be used year round. The sunrooms use vinyl and 3-Ply or 4-Ply insulation with a high R-value to ensure the sunrooms are true home additions that can keep you comfortable in inclement weather.

How much space do I need to build a sunroom?

Since we custom design sunrooms, we can build each one to fit any space you wish. We actually suggest you plan how your sunroom will be used before you build it. Would you like an outdoor dining space? Do you plan on using it as an office? Once you envision exactly what you will be using it for, we will help you build it to the perfect dimensions. 

How long does it take to build my sunroom?

Designs are typically processed and installed in 10 to 12 weeks after you have finalized the process with our sales representative. 

Can my sunroom have an all glass roof?

Yes. We can provide custom sunroom solutions that include a glass roof. 

Why don’t you use aluminum sunrooms?

Aluminum is structurally sound and cost-effective, but it is not energy efficient. Aluminum is an excellent conductor of temperature heat. This means that owners of an aluminum sunroom will rely heavily on heating and cooling units. Our custom sunroom solutions are much more energy efficient.

Will this impact my home’s resale value?

Yes, sunrooms absolutely help the resale value of your home. Homeowners who have installed insulated sunrooms claim it especially helped their house sell quicker. The National Association of Remodelers Sunrooms reported that sunrooms retain 92% of their value during a resale.