Imagine you are spending a beautiful day outdoors with your family and friends on your patio. Then a few rain clouds move into the area threatening a day of barbecuing and enjoying the great outdoors. Or maybe the sun’s rays beating down becomes a bit too much. Instead of hiding indoors during these instances, consider installing a retractable awning to keep your patio dry and protected or cool and shaded depending on the scenario.

Retractable patio covers can be a great addition to any outdoor living space. However, the purchase of a retractable awning can be a huge investment. Before making the decision to buy one you should consider the benefits and drawbacks of these systems. Read on to find out the top pros and cons of a retractable patio cover.

What Are The Advantages of a Retractable Patio Cover?

  •       Pays for themselves
  •       Reduces power bills
  •       Control and adjust sun exposure

Despite the upfront cost retractable awnings can actually end up paying for themselves in the long term. This is due to the shade they provide to the interior of the home, which reduces how hard the air conditioners have to work reducing the amount of electricity used in turn saving the homeowner energy costs. Retractable awnings also have a longer lifespan when compared to other patio cover types since they are retracted when not in use or during especially bad weather. Of course, the most obvious advantage is the ability to control and adjust the amount of sun exposure at any given time.

What Are The Disadvantages of a Retractable Patio Cover?

  •       Expensive
  •       High maintenance costs
  •       Need to be cleaned more often

The primary drawback to a retractable awning is that they can be expensive, which makes it important to ensure you are buying high quality and that it provides the benefits you are looking for. Retractable awnings come in two styles, manual and motorized. Motorized can be more convenient, but if the electric sensors need to be replaced, it can add to the cost of maintenance significantly. Finally, retractable patio covers tend to need more cleaning and maintenance than others and without proper care, they will turn into an eyesore rather than a beautiful addition to your home.

What Is The Average Cost of a Retractable Patio Cover?

Manual drop arm retractable awnings cost from $750 to $2,500 to install while a manual lateral arm retractable can cost from $1,500 to $6,000. If you go with the motorized versions that have a remote control it can add about $800 to $1,000 to final install price. Furthermore, if an automatic motion sensor that retracts the awning when the wind becomes an issue is wanted it can add another $1,000 to the installation costs.

If you are interested in a retractable patio cover then be sure to call the expert deck builders in San Antonio. Timeless Sunsets have been serving the area with custom patio covers in addition to decks and patios for over 15 years. Our customer service and satisfaction is top-notch and some of the best in the industry. Call today to schedule your consultation!