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FEATURES

Awnings Really Are Super Cool!

Contributed by John Rohrbach, General Manager,
Overhead Door of Reading

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eople realized the high value of shade a long time ago.
With necessity being the mother of invention, awnings
originated in the Middle East where woven mats were
hung on poles to offer protection from the burning sun. Shop
owners used these primitive awnings to keep their customers
cool and make their shops more inviting.

The first retractable awnings were invented in the United States
150 years ago but became extremely popular in Europe as stylish fixtures on storefronts and windows. After going through
a redesign in Europe, retractable awnings have regained
popularity in the United States as the hottest, well, actually the
"coolest" trend in home and business exterior design.
So why are awnings so cool? They can actually lower the
temperature of your outside living area, deck or patio by up
to 20 degrees. This can really expand the "living space" in
your home during the hottest summer months. In addition,
awnings provide protection from the weather and prevent
fading of carpet, outdoor furniture and siding. They can also
extend the life of your deck and may even help save on utility
costs by preventing the loss of energy transferred through glass
windows and doors.
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There are three basic "styles" of awnings on the market today:
*	 Stationary Awnings that have a permanent aluminum
frame covered in fabric
*	 Fixed Awnings that are also aluminum framed, with
a vinyl covering
*	 Retractable Awnings, the awning that's there when you need
it and neatly retracts when you don't, providing the latest in
convenience and comfort.
Retractable awnings, hands down, are most popular these days,
available in both manual and automatic versions that provide
the benefits of a fixed roof structure with no vertical supports,
and at a fraction of the cost. We find that most people prefer
the automatic version and why not? There's nothing better
than simply pushing a button and in seconds being able to enjoy a cold beverage in the shade on your patio or deck courtesy
of your retractable awning.
SunSetter and Perfecta are the two leading manufacturers of
retractable awnings in the United States that even provide



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