Many homeowners enjoy lowering cooling expenses by utilizing awnings to cover their windows and doors. In most cases, these products are used during the spring and summer months to help keep the sun’s rays out of the home, ultimately lowering the cost of cooling the home.
But these products are not meant to be kept up year round. Oftentimes, these products are not designed to handle heavy snow, which means they have to be taken down and stored during the winter months. This not only keeps your residential awning intact, but it also allows the sun to warm the home in the winter months, which serves to reduce heating costs. With the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA) releasing a study that concludes solar heat gain is reduced by 70% plus in the summertime, these products make for an extremely green energy solution in summer and winter months.
These products are extremely popular on older homes. Oak Park, River Forest, Riverside, and the Beverly area of Chicago have a disproportionate share of residential awnings. These older homes benefit greatly by lowering energy costs. Additionally, awnings fit the exterior decor of these homes.
Products that are intended to be removed for winter storage come in two categories: rod-in-pocket awnings and patio covers. The rod-in-pocket awnings consist of pipes with the fabric formed around them. This makes the awnings relatively easy to remove and store for the winter. These are usually window and door awnings. With patio covers, the frame is left completely in place, and only the fabric is removed. Thatcher Retractables typically manufacturers a bag specifically for each patio cover customer to place the fabric safely into.
Companies that perform service on these types of products usually set up a program to remove the awnings, store the awnings for the winter months, wash the awnings, and do the re-installation. It is critical to make sure that the company that stores your awning is properly insured. If not, you could find out that you are at a complete loss if your awning is lost or destroyed.
It is also important that the company stores the product in a warm, dry place. If the product is stored in a cold, damp place, the fabric can deteriorate during the winter months.
Companies that specialize in this kind of service have qualified employees that understand the products. Qualified installers know to properly mark the location of each awning. They know how to handle the product, and they know how to address minor issues with the awning hardware. In the Chicagoland area, there are only a handful of companies that meet this criteria.