If you look around your neighborhood at the variety of home awnings on display, you will soon realize that there is a significant difference in quality. Some awnings will be well-positioned and complement the style of the house as well as being well-installed with sturdy fixtures and fittings. Others will stick out like a sore thumb and be poorly attached to the building. To make sure your awning ends up in the first category you need to invest in a quality awning from a competent awning company. Here are some tips for choosing wisely:
Find a Company that Treats You Like a Person, Not a Customer
When talking to a prospective awning company, assess how much they listen to what you’re telling them. If they’re intent on selling you the latest all-singing, all-dancing automatically retracting awning with weather control system, when you’re on a budget and only want something simple above your windows for some shade, then they’re probably not the right company for you. You need a company that will respect you enough to give you time to make the right decision for your home.
Quality and Range
A good quality awning is worth the extra money, if you can afford it, because it will be more durable and look more classy than a budget awning. The larger a company’s range of quality awnings, the more likely it is that you will find one that is affordable for your needs. To make an informed choice on your awning, you need to have a good look at as many different types as possible: retractable, fixed, free-standing, canvas, vinyl, aluminum, manual, automatic and so on. A decent awning company should be able to supply materials and frames in a wide range of colors to suit your preference and the style of your home.
The better awning companies can completely custom-make your awning to your precise specifications, meaning optimal style and functionality
Knowledge, Experience And Attitude
You don’t want to trust your awning to someone who has set up shop overnight or just graduated from college. The more established a company, the better, especially if they have built up a strong reputation for quality products and service. Check their website for testimonials and recent case studies; you should get a feel for if they’re a company you want to trust the facade of your house to. Ask them if they employ experienced installers and what equipment they use. Good installers will not be put off by challenging projects.
Ideally, your chosen awning company will have an eye for design. Even if you know exactly what you want, it is useful to be able to bounce ideas of others. Finally, a decent awning company will be professional, courteous and caring at all times when communicating with you.
This article was written by Voluchi on behalf of Barlow Blinds, the premier supplier of premium blinds in Leicester and throughout Leicestershire. They have the largest showroom in Leicester for all of your blind and awning needs.