Benefits of Awnings

Protection From The Sun's Harmful UV Rays

It’s a common misconception that window glass will block out damaging UV rays from the sun. This is half true. Standard window glass blocks the majority of UVB rays, the shorter wavelength rays that are mostly responsible for sunburns.

However, windows alone cannot protect you from UVA rays. These are the longer wavelength rays that are primarily responsible for premature skin aging, and can cause cancer.

Anings are able to limit the amount of sun that hits your windows, to aid in the prevention of sun damage to skin - (and the best part is – no greasy sunscreen hands!).

Protect Home Furnishings from Fading

Not only can sun be dangerous for your body, it can also be harmful to your home.

Over time, exposure to sunlight can dramatically fade the coloration of furniture, flooring, drapery, etc., and replacing any of these can be very costly.

By blocking damaging UV rays that degrade color pigments, solar screens can help you prevent fading, and extend the life of your home furnishings.

Given the substantial dollar amount you’ve spent to make the interior of your home look beautiful, it’s always great to get the most out of your furnishing investments.

Lower Cooling Costs

Trying to stay comfortable in warmer months can drive up air conditioning costs and increase monthly utility bills.

Deck, patio, and window awnings help stop the sun’s rays from striking your windows, reducing heat transfer and keeping your home cooler. And whenever you’d like to take advantage of the sun’s warmth, just retract your awnings to help heat your home. Now that’s solar power!

A research project overseen by the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), in which Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory conducted a research project using a simulation software program called RESFEN.

Here’s some background information about the project:

  • The annual energy performance figures shown below are for a typical (new construction) 2,000 square foot home with 300 square feet of window area (windows equally distributed on all four sides of the home).
  • The figures shown below are for savings when awnings are applied to clear double-glazed windows & operated seasonally.
  • There can be little or no peak demand savings from awnings in some hot, humid cities. This is due to climatic variations that influence whether peak demand is driven more by solar gain through windows, or by factors such as temperature and humidity.

Reduced Glare on Your Big Screen TV

Enjoy your view, both indoors and out.

Outside, under the shelter of your deck or patio awning, there’ll be no need for sunglasses, visors, or squinting to see clearly on a bright day.

While inside, window awnings reduce the annoying glare on TV and computer screens, but still allow you to see out your windows, and expose the interior of your home to natural light.