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Retractable Awnings -- A Cool Way to Save Energy and Gain Living Space


(ARA) - For thousands of years, people have used awnings to keep indoor and outdoor spaces cool and shielded from the damaging affects of the sun -- a simple concept that dates back at least as far as ancient Egypt. It's no surprise that today's energy-conscious homeowners are rediscovering the benefits of awnings for countless applications, including decks, porches, terraces, windows and window expanses.

Contemporary retractable awnings allow us to expand our homes beyond their interior boundaries and turn decks and patios into added living space. They combine the comfort of an indoor lifestyle with the beauty of outdoor living. Awnings shelter homes from the sun's harmful rays and prevent fading of carpets and furniture while conserving energy.

By adding an awning to your home, solar heat gain can be greatly reduced because the amount of direct and indirect sunlight that enters a window or door is limited. According to studies conducted by the American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers, the use of fabric awnings reduce solar heat gain by up to 77 percent -- lowering indoor temperatures by up to 20 degrees.

"The retractable awning was invented nearly a century ago in the United States but initially became popular in postwar Europe," says Larry Bedosky, director of marketing for Durasol Awnings, America's leading brand of custom-made, professionally-installed, retractable awnings. "In more recent years, the North American market for retractables has been experiencing explosive growth." Durasol is one of only a few American awning manufacturers that also has a European presence and is serving to bridge the continental gap.

"Factors such as culture, architecture, and approaches in marketing have all contributed to differentiating the American and European markets," says Bedosky. "Each has its own distinctive sense of color and style. North American consumers tend to be more traditional with their awnings, whereas their European counterparts prefer brighter and bolder styles. There are signs however that European influence is slowly making its way over."

Consumers are seeing retractable awnings as an elegant and practical way to increase living space and the value of their homes. They are avoiding the inconvenience of building costly additions to their homes and choosing, instead, to expand their living space by adding a splash of color and style through retractable awnings. Retractable awnings are quick, easy and very convenient. "Simply flip a switch and the awning rolls out effortlessly," says Bedosky. "Relief from the hottest summer sun is literally at the homeowner's fingertips."

Durasol offers a complete line of solar shading systems designed to meet a variety of shading needs. The Durasol SunShelter Series of "lateral arm" awnings are custom-made to suit any home size and style, offering a variety of projection ranges and virtually unlimited widths to meet any space requirement. SunShelter awnings can be mounted on virtually any flat surface, under a soffit, or even on a roof -- when limited mounting height is available. An optional Drop Valance allows a section of fabric to be manually lowered from the front bar, providing additional solar protection from early morning and late afternoon sun.

Long lasting 100 percent acrylic fabrics, combined with non-corrosive hardware, contribute to a maintenance-free investment. "Awnings of the past were generally made of cotton or canvas fabrics and were easily affected by time and the elements," says Bedosky. "The newer acrylic covers provide a better fit, greater stability and can last for well over ten years."

With a wide variety of over 200 vibrant fabric colors and patterns, Durasol's retractable awnings will complement any décor. An optional Wind Sensor is available that allows awnings to automatically retract when wind speeds reach a predetermined level, preventing awning damage. A Sun Sensor can also be added to allow for automatic operation determined by the sun's strength. An interior wireless remote control is an option that provides easy-access operation. When not in use, Durasol Awnings are easily retracted, safely stored, and will subtly blend in with the exterior beauty of any home.

Retractable awnings become an extension of a home's personality and charm. They add lasting value and classic beauty that will remain absolutely timeless.

To learn more about Durasol Awnings or to locate your local dealer, visit www.durasol.com.

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