We could all do with more ways to save time these days. Options are plentiful almost everywhere we look. Even choosing a specialist for your patio canopy can be a chore, if you don’t really know where to look. How is it that something so simple could actually turn into a long, drawn-out, frustrating process?
Basically, it’s because you want the best value for your money — even with something as seemingly ‘minor’ as a patio canopy. If you’re going make an investment in this home amenity, you want the best materials and craftsmanship available. And you certainly want the best installation and maintenance to keep your patio canopy in tip-top condition.
The question is, how do you find a company who’s going to deliver all of this? You want to get right down to the business of using and enjoying your canopy-style patio awning — not spend your time dealing with manufacturing and installation problems that continue to get worse over time. This is a relatively small investment, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t expect it to be worry free.
Here are some things to look for when choosing a specialist for this type of awning:
1. Years of experience
You may get a lower bid from a company that hasn’t been around very long, but it’s good to proceed with caution. Are there other, more experienced specialists in your area? If the price is that much lower, can you expect the same level of quality materials, professional installation, and impeccable attention to detail? Often time the answer is ‘no’. This is why experience awning specialists tend to win more business and collect more customer reviews — the results they produce really are better.
2. Range of services
Look for companies who customize and install a whole range of awnings. This ensures you’re working with a true awning expert who has experience installing many different types of awnings in different situations.
3. Good reviews online
This is a hugely underutilized resource for people looking at awnings and canopies. Reading what past clients have written about a particular company many not be 100% indicative of the experience you’ll have, but if you notice patterns of happy or unhappy customers, you’ll certainly have a better idea what to expect.
Look for a specialist that goes above and beyond the norm, and can explain to you why their expertise is different. Look for a range of options, services and materials — and expect them to be clearly explained! Here are some examples:
- Computerized design for the perfect fit
- Flexible custom design options
- Roll drops, pole dressings, weather-resistant fabric
- Other useful options to create your perfect awning
Research pays off
You may be tempted to call the first awning specialist you find, and get this project underway as soon as possible. This is understandable, especially when warm weather is coming. But if you take some extra time to find a really reputable and qualified specialist, your awning will look great, fit perfectly, function optimally, and last every bit as long as it should.