A retractable awning is a fantastic way to improve the appearance of your home. However, the reality is that an awning is a bit of a finanancial investment, so it’s important to ensure you are getting the most bang for your buck. Here’s the great news: There’s a beautiful and functional awning suitable for every house at every price point. The most important things to look for when shopping for your awning are good customer service, good selection and high quality.
In a retail atmosphere, sometimes customer service falls by the wayside in favor of deep discounts and competing with the competition. However, when it comes to purchasing a retractable awning, it’s absolutely important to find a company that places importance on ensuring you are happy, not just on making the sale.
The marks of a company that places importance on customer service are:
- Warranties – a good company will always stand behind their products
- Installation and support – They should offer the option of installation services as well as customer support if you choose to install it yourself.
- Purchase assistance – It’s not always easy to know how to pick out awnings, from feature options to types of fabric. A reputable company should be able to help you pick out an awning that best suits all of your needs and answer any questions you may have.
It’s important to ensure you are investing in a good-quality product. A well-made product will be strong, long-lasting and it will keep its appearance for years to come without ripping or fading. A good-quality awning can last the average homeowner for 25 years or even longer, whereas a cheaply made version may need to be replaced after just two years. Look for an awning that features an aluminium frame that is powder coated, which will prevent it from flaking and peeling, such as can be the case with painted frames. Also, it’s a good idea to choose a unit that features non-oxidizing hardware and breathable fabric. Be wary of awnings with vinyl covers! Although inexpensive, vinyl doesn’t breathe. That will result in the growth of mold if the fabric gets wet. Acrylic is a better option, because it dries quickly, doesn’t stay wet and doesn’t fade or mildew. A water repellant awning can be especially useful too for this reason, and the range of patio sun shades from Caribbean Blinds all offer this as a standard feature, so you might want to consider them as an option if you live somewhere with heavy rainfall.
When it comes down to it, there is lot of choice out there when purchasing awnings. The important thing is to find a company that has a good reputation before you buy, one that offers a vast selection and a commitment to customer service, and you’ll be well on your way to purchasing an awning that will be an asset to your family’s outdoor living spaces for years to come. And always choose a company that guarantees and warrantees their work and products, so that if something should go wrong you have recourse to get your purchase exchanged or refunded.