Awnings vs. Umbrellas: Which is Better for Your Summer Shade Needs?

March 19, 2024

patio umbrella We are all getting more and more excited for summer. With temperatures teasing us with 60s and 70s, it is no wonder that many of our customers are starting to talk about their patio projects. One project that we always recommend is adding a retractable patio awning to help you stay cool all summer long.

In 1984, we introduced Motorized Retractable Awnings as a new way to shade the sun, so our clients could enjoy outdoors at home. This innovation was made possible by Somfy System motors. In 2018, we were recognized by the Somfy Expert Spotlight. We know a thing or two about awnings and we truly believe they are the best choice for homeowners wanting relief from the sun during the summer with the goal of cutting their energy costs.

Why choose an awning over a standard patio umbrella? We’re glad you asked!

awning Investing in Shade

A standard patio umbrella is better than no shade at all, but when it comes to versatility, longevity, and dual purposes – our team at Milanese Remodeling has to stand firm in our opinion that awnings reign supreme! Here’s why:

  • Extended Coverage. Unlike umbrellas, which only offer shade directly beneath them, awnings can cover a larger area, protecting your entire patio from the sun’s harsh rays.
  • Durability & Stability. Awnings are built to last, with sturdy frames and durable fabrics that can withstand the elements. Unlike umbrellas, which can be prone to tipping over in strong winds or heavy rain, awnings remain stable and secure, providing reliable shade protection year after year.
  • Added Beauty. Awnings are available in a wide range of styles, colors, and designs, allowing you to customize the look of your patio to suit your taste and home. Whether you prefer a classic striped pattern or a modern solid color, there’s an awning option to complement any outdoor decor.
  • Overall Function. Awnings offer greater functionality than umbrellas, thanks to their ability to be easily adjusted and retracted as needed. Whether you want to soak up the sun on a warm day or seek refuge from a sudden rain shower, awnings allow you to quickly and effortlessly control the amount of shade on your patio.
  • Long-Term Cost Savings. While the initial cost of installing an awning may be higher than purchasing an umbrella, awnings offer long-term cost savings in the form of reduced maintenance and replacement costs. Awnings require minimal upkeep and are built to withstand years of use, making them a smart investment for homeowners looking to enhance their outdoor living space without breaking the bank.

Just in Time for the Sunshine

Milanese Remodeling offers many different styles of deck & patio awnings, from retractable awnings, pergola awnings, and window awnings to smart awnings and more. Our team loves designing patios that are meant to be enjoyed. Let us help you beat the heat this summer with a new awning – and kick that umbrella to the curb!