Utah summers are dry and hot; more and more people are looking for ways to limit sun exposure due to the harmful rays of the sun.

Studies have shown that 90% of skin cancers are due to exposure to UV light from the sun. You can add sunburn, premature skin aging, and skin damage to the list of harmful effects of sun exposure.

The good news is Utah homeowners have discovered an affordable yet elegant solution to protect their homes and offices from sun exposure.

Custom awnings from Cool Covers can help protect your chosen space inside and out.

Your outdoor furniture and floors will last longer as they are shielded from the powerful rays of the sun.

Windows are also kept clean as the awning reduces the collection of rain and dirt. 

You can also enjoy energy savings of up to 20% during the warm summer months.

Difference between Awning and Canopy

People still think that awnings and canopies are the same? 

If you use these terms interchangeably, think again. You might be surprised to discover that they are different.

The big difference between the two is how they are used.

Awnings

An awning is connected to a house or commercial space and usually shades a window, door or patio from the sun, rain, snow, and wind. Canopies are larger compared to awnings.

Window awnings keep light from entering your indoor space. They help lower temperatures during hot days and protect your furniture from the sun.

Awnings can be securely fixed to a structure with heavier frames and fabrics. You can retract them against your home or building.

Awnings are more durable than canopies with lots of colors and patterns to choose from. You can choose between a manually operated unit or motorized awnings. 

Unlike canopies, you don’t need to disassemble awnings if you don’t need them.

Awnings can add character to your home and complement your overall theme and design.

For year-round energy savings and comfort, an awning is a wise choice versus a canopy.

Backyard Awnings to Enhance Your Space 

Your family would love to spend more time in your backyard if the sun doesn’t scorch them or have bugs chase them around.

Adding an awning to your deck, patio, or pool will not only improve the look of your backyard but give your family hours of enjoyment all day long.

Backyard spaces become usable in all kinds of weather.

If you love hosting BBQs during the summer, your guests will be protected from the heat and harmful UV rays.

You can now enjoy a cup of coffee on a rainy afternoon without getting drenched.

There are many options available today, fabrics can now protect against UV rays, heat, glare, brightness.

You also have the choice of waterproof awnings and materials that can withstand heavy winds and snow. Manual or motorized? It’s your choice.

Give your backyard added protection from the hot summer sun or a passing rainstorm.

A backyard awning system can give you a shady environment in what used to be a sweltering yard.

Your outdoor furniture will thank you because they are now protected from fading and weathering due to exposure to the elements.

Protection is also given to hardwood floors, carpets, interior furniture, and paintings.

Heating and cooling costs will be reduced as your awning provides shade inside and out.

Awnings for Business Spaces

Business owners of restaurants and cafes can now add al-fresco dining in their establishments.

Awnings will allow their customers the enjoyment of dining outdoors, no matter what the weather.

Your outdoor furniture is also protected from the elements making them last longer and look new.

Unlike blinds, having awnings installed allows indoor customers to enjoy the view.

Types of Awnings

The type of awning you choose is essential, depending on how you are going to use them. Roll-up and retractable awnings give you control over how much light can enter your space. This type is ideal for decks and patios because you can adjust them when not in use. Motorized awnings make retracting as easy as one, two, and three. The latest models even have sun and wind sensors so you can enjoy hands-free operations.

Take note that retractable awnings are not built to withstand heavy rains, wind, and snow. During bad weather, retract your awning to avoid damage.

Freestanding awnings are great for segregating a space like having a special area for BBQ.

Businesses can benefit from freestanding awnings as they can be used for advertising.

The size of your awning should match the purpose and size of the space. Small awnings are lovely decorative pieces, while large awnings give greater coverage to your outdoor space.

Color Choices

Color choice should complement the look of your home or business. Lighter colors are preferred as they block and reflect sunlight and heat better than darker shades.

Creating a flow between your indoor and outdoor space is essential. 

Pick a color that matches both the inside and outside of your home.

Angle

This aspect is often overlooked by many clients. If your window is facing east or west, the size of the drop is ideally at 65% to 75% for the best results.

For south-facing windows, the drop can be between 45% to 60% because less coverage is needed because of the angle of the sun.

Some owners want to add side panels, which can add more coverage and enhance the look of the awnings.

Look Cool Stay Cool with Cool Covers

Awnings can be an excellent addition to your space. They will look cool and stay cool.

If you are looking for expert installers of high-quality awnings, Cool Covers can fit the bill.

We have experienced and well-trained technicians that can cater to your needs

Our products also come with warranties and have replacement parts available.

We are your best bet in Northern Utah up to the Wasatch Front. 

Give us a call for the best products and installation services in your area.