5 Reasons to Bring Shade to Your Outdoor Oasis
Install Motorized Screens
Beauty is marketable or is it a shade deep?
You can’t go wrong when you invest in your home’s marketability and aesthetic. A power screen shading your patio adds extra livable space connected to the outdoors. This is not only a healthy living choice, but also a chance to relax immersed in nature safely. Furthermore, motorized screens provide an additional dimension without altering the exterior or your home. Investing in motorize screens could be your opportunity to offer an appealing haven to a future homeowner, thus, gaining equity in the value of your home.
More Room to Entertain
You will be able to create your own private sanctuary to share with your family and friends without the added worry of exposing them to nature’s elements such as sun and rain. Installing power screens on your deck, patio or porch area allows you to design a new space for more outdoor entertaining.
Defend and Protect Your Home
Let your screens assist in providing further longevity of your outdoor space and connection with nature without the danger of the elements. Motorized screens can protect the area from the weather and prevent UV rays (direct sun), rain and snow from causing permanent fading, deterioration and damage to your flooring, outdoor furniture and indoor furniture and décor. Nature’s elements are not only damaging to the health of humans and pets, but also to the health of our home and personal items.
Keep in Control
Think strongly about having the control you desire with your outdoor space. The ability and convenience to have sun or shade when you crave it can be available by choosing motorized screens. With the ability to retract or extend the screens independently you incorporate extra sun into your living space at your discretion and in your immediate time of interest.
Keep Up Your Energy and Your Costs Down
Did you know that motorized screens may assist in warming and cooling your home when needed? Choosing power screens can be a future savings during most of the year. In the warmer months the direct solar heat through the windows can be diminished with the use of the screens. These natural processes can provide you a savings on your home’s energy costs. For example, in the summer 90% of glare and 75% of exterior heat can be reduced by screens. Air conditioning costs can be decreased by 20%-30% due to the temperature decline of up to 15 degrees.
Want to explore how motorized screens can benefit your home? Contact Maryland Screens to learn more.
The Porch Revival
Keeping A Tradition Alive—Bringing Back the Breeze
Whether you sit in a lawn, Adirondack or rattan chair and drink iced tea, mint julep, scotch or coca colas, a porch is a tradition that’s been an important part of American (USA) history for over 200 years. Porches were a transition from private to public life and provided a link to nature as well as a connection to the community and time to relax with family. Whether it be a nap under starlight or partaking in gossip, a porch has always been a part of our American culture.
For many years porches were a functional need before air conditioning and electric fans were around. Screened-in sleeping porches (front or back) were constructed on houses to allow for cooler sleeping without pests. However, the prevalence and popularity grew as porches became part of an aesthetic and architectural forefront in a literary forum in the 1800’s.
Homes with porches became noted as an “American home” after Andrew Jackson Downing, a well-known landscape gardener and writer of architecture began writing about the significance of porches and how it set us (the USA) apart from European architecture. His beliefs in the dignity of our homes heavily translates today with our strong sense of need for curb appeal and gratification aesthetically as well as function as we update our homes with his theories in mind. Mr. Downing said that ‘People’s pride in their country is connected to pride in their home. If they can decorate and build their homes to symbolize the values they hope to embody, such as prosperity, education and patriotism, they will be happier people and better citizens.’—“A good house will lead to a good civilization.”
Over the course of time we have seen many transitions with modern innovations and changes in our contemporary family dynamics, and porches had become less popular. However, it seems the 21st century is realizing the necessity to come back to nature with statistics proving the mental and physical health benefits to engage with the outdoor environment. Porches and outdoor connection are a growing awareness and with that modern advances to allow enjoyment with security and ease of use this has opened up more possibilities to get back to our roots.
Now you can have it all: tradition, curb appeal and safety! It is unfortunate that we now often feel unsecure about leaving doors and windows open. Especially, with autumn approaching and the thoughts of the fall breeze traveling through our homes is more and more tempting. Additionally, our busy lives and overwhelming thoughts of time and labor play a deciding vote away from investing in that screened in porch. However, there are now solutions with the availability of quality motorized screens, security door and window screens and screen tight porch installations that can ease our minds and allow us to enjoy pest free, secure, easy to use and relaxing home outdoor connections.