To reach its full potential, an outdoor living area should offer a setting suitable to all of your favorite activities, whether it’s impressing the neighbors with your grilling talents, staying active with morning Pilates, or getting into the swing of things in your handwoven hammock. No porch, patio, or deck can accomplish this unless it provides proper weather protection. Even a perfect afternoon can be spoiled in the blink of an eye by a special delivery from one of our feathered friends or getting too much sun if something isn’t overhead.


Awnings are less expensive than patio coverings. This is due to the fact that awnings are easier to install, resulting in lower labor expenses. Fabric is less expensive than components made of stainless steel, aluminum, wood, or fiberglass. Even the best-made awnings need to be changed every five to ten years, so the cost of adding an awning to your home must be considered against the economic benefits of a fixed structure.


Awning fabrics are available in a wide range of colors and patterns, with some companies providing hundreds of options. Patio covers, on the other hand, are typically limited to only a few frame colors, with white and beige being the most common. Patio frames can be painted to match or complement the surrounding environment. They’re also available in a wider range of configurations, including attached and detached types. Awnings can be fixed or retractable, but they should be secured to the home’s exterior.


Patio covers offer a distinct benefit in terms of longevity. Moisture damage, mold and mildew growth, stains, and tears are all common problems with awnings. Even the most durable materials, such as acrylic fabrics, are prone to bacterial stains and color loss when exposed to the sun for lengthy periods of time. Awnings are also not built to withstand severe winds and must be retracted when conditions worsen. Patio covers can withstand storms significantly better than awnings because of their sturdy, floor-anchored frames and sturdy roofs. Patio covers are also capable of withstanding heavy weather conditions.


When fully extended, an awning can provide excellent sun protection. It can help keep the rain off you if the wind isn’t too strong. Patio covers can be fitted with retractable side screens that lower to provide a complete enclosure, thanks to their sturdy frames. This gives additional protection from not only rain, but also bugs, glair, and airborne irritants such as pollen.


Awnings, both retractable and fixed, require routine maintenance to keep them looking beautiful and performing correctly. Cleanings should be done at least once a year. Scrubbing the fabric with mild cleaners to remove buildup and check for rips, frays, and other damages. Cleaning aluminum-framed patio covers are as simple as spraying them with a garden hose.

D&W Windows and Sunrooms is the company to call if you want to install a patio cover or awning to your house. We have been family owned and operated since 1955. Contact us at 800-833-9831 to get started today or learn more about our services.