With Spring just around the corner, it’s a great time to start telling your customers about the energy saving solutions they can enjoy by adding a retractable awning to their home. Quality, value, comfort and energy savings are important to homeowners and Rainier Shade Retractable Awnings are made using the highest quality materials, including Sunbrella® fabrics.
Fade Resistant Fabric
One of the questions we often get from customers is about the type of fabric that is used on our retractable awnings and how they are able to protect them from the elements. Sunbrella is among the highest quality and most durable fabrics on the market. Sunbrella fabrics are waterproof, protect from UV, and are resistant to mold and mildew. The fabric is 100% solution dyed and is guaranteed not to fade for 10 years! Rather than dying the top of the fabric, which would then fade in the sun, Sunbrella fabrics are created by adding color pigments to fade-resistant fibers which are then woven into the fabric, allowing the color to penetrate throughout.
They come in hundreds of colors, allowing homeowners to create the perfect look to complement their home and outdoor space. To learn more about Sunbrella fabric, click here.
A retractable awning can help reduce energy costs, and selecting the color of the fabric can help further reduce those costs. Light colored fabric deflects the sun and can reduce the amount of solar heat inside a home by 77% along western facing windows, and 65% in southern facing windows, according to the Professional Awnings Manufacturers Association (PAMA).
In contrast, dark colored fabrics will help absorb heat and can trap it inside the home, ideal for homes in cooler climates.
A retractable awning with light colored fabric can keep a home cooler in the summer and can decrease the dependency on cooling systems, saving the homeowner money. In the winter, especially in cooler climates, a dark colored awning fabric will keep warmth in the house and can reduce the amount of energy used to heat the home. The benefits of retractable awnings extend further than energy cost savings; decreasing energy consumption is also environmentally friendly!
When strategically placed, using the right colors, a retractable awning can work throughout the year to help save energy cost and consumption, even if it isn’t always used as an outdoor shade solution.