Awnings for Decks
Browse options for awnings for decks and determine which style might be right for your outdoor living space.
By: Sean McEvoy
Outdoor living spaces are often used for sunbathing or other outdoor activities, but sometimes a little shade or shelter is required—which is why awnings for decks are such a popular feature in many backyards.
As you plan and design your deck, you'll have many choices to consider when it comes to awnings. One of the most popular choices is the retractable awning. This type of awning is able to be extended or removed depending on the weather or the whims of those in attendance, allowing for the greatest flexibility. These awnings come in many styles and materials, and they can be motorized or manually retractable.
Another option is the canopy awning. These are recommended for climates where snow or heavy rain is not prevalent, as they're good at keeping out sun but not as great when it comes to heavy precipitation.
For areas where snow or rain do occur more frequently, a metal deck awning may be a better choice. These tend to be more durable and last longer, and they can go a long way toward protecting your deck from the elements, as well.
Finally, for an awning that offers the flexibility of a canopy but with a more casual style, shade sails may be an option. These thin fabrics won't keep out the elements, but they're eminently repositionable and come in a variety of stylish colors and fabrics.
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