In this day and age it pays (or rather, it saves) to have your home fitted with energy efficient window treatments. Not only is it good for the wallet in the long run but you will also be doing yourself a favor by using products that can reduce and capture heat during the different seasons of the year when you need them to. For instance, awnings are a wonderful window treatment that are now made with synthetic fabrics that are water repellent and resists mildew rusts and fading. In the past, awnings were made of metal and canvas which required a replacement every five to seven years. However thanks to modern technology, fabrics allow for a much longer product life. Awnings can now also be rolled up or down very easily so that you can adjust the window treatments according to seasons to warm the house up or protect it from heat.
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