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Why awnings are a smart choice for your home

By: Gina Cronin, Gina.Cronin@gazette.com
August 28, 2017 Updated: August 28, 2017 at 3:29 pm
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Out West Awning Co. has been a staple of the Pikes Peak Region since 1903. The company provides commercial and residential awning services to clients throughout El Paso, Teller and Pueblo counties. More than 100 years ago the company was both an awning and outfitting company, gearing up hunters, hikers, homeowners and business-owners with everything they need – from backpacks to tents to patio awnings to entrance canopies. Today, the locally-owned and operated business keeps up on all of the cutting-edge products and technologies in the awning industry, and is a member of the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association.

 “We stay ahead of the curve and consistently keep track of trends and manufacturing techniques,” said Richard Forward, President of Out West Awning Co. “Many do not look into the marketplace deep enough to understand what makes an excellent awning versus an okay one versus a weak one. Good, better and best applies to every industry and ours isn’t an exception.” Forward is very particular about how he builds his awnings, and has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars on top-notch equipment, which can be viewed at his showroom at 1865 N. Academy Blvd.

Time and time again, awnings prove to be a smart addition to any home. Forward shared a couple reasons why:

  1. Reduces home energy costs. A study by the Center for Sustainable Building Research found that awnings can decrease cooling costs by 25 percent or more.
  2. Protects you and your family from harm UV rays. Enjoy the great outdoors without the squinting or sunburns. If you want more control over your awning, Out West Awning Co. also has retractable awnings.
  3. Increases outdoor enjoyment. Awnings provide the perfect environment for entertaining guests or simply relaxing with the family.
  4. Improves curb appeal and increases home value. Awnings add usable outdoor space, which is appealing to buyers. They are also more affordable than building and a porch or deck, and do not require upkeep. At the same time, they are beautiful; and Out West Awning Co. has a near-endless selection of colors and designs.
  5. Adds attractive living space without a huge investment. A fixed awning creates an elegant, upscale outdoor living room in a cost-effective way.
  6. Safe from the elements. There is no need to bring your party indoors if the afternoon rain showers pass through. Keep dry and continue having fun. Awnings can withstand wind, sun, snow, rain and hail.

Out West Awnings is also thrilled to announce that they are designing their own line of retractable screens. The screens are available in more than 140 colors.

To learn more, contact Richard Forward at 719-570-9778.

Out West Awnings Co., 1865 N. Academy Blvd. OutWestAwning.com.

 

 

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