Should You Get an Awning or a Roof Extension?

Updated: Jul 1

Are you looking to add more seating area to your home? If so, you have several options. We offer both awnings and roof extensions in Boca Raton, which means we’ve seen the benefits they each offer to homeowners.


Learn how to choose between an awning or a roof extension, and what the next steps are once you’ve made that decision. As always, our goal is to ensure you get the construction project that’s right for you and your property.


Retractable Awnings and Roof Extensions in Boca Raton

Questions to Ask When Choosing Between an Awning and a Roof Extension


What Do You Want From the Project?

Ultimately, awnings and extensions serve very different functions.


Why You Might Prefer a Roof Extension

If you need shade for more than 20’ of space, you’re likely going to be better off getting a roof. You’re also going to need a roof if you want shade year-round. Awnings need to be taken down during inclement weather.


Property value can also be a major consideration for homeowners. Roof extensions tend to be worth more than awnings, but you’ll also need to take into consideration the kind of roof extension you’re choosing. The wrong addition can turn off buyers and cause problems with HOAs.


You’ll have to determine whether the roof extension is aesthetically desirable.


Why You Might Prefer an Awning

Awnings can be a great idea if you want to enjoy the outdoors while still getting some shade. They also tend to be easier to maintain. Even though roofs are more durable in the long run, they can be more difficult to clean.


Finally, retractable awnings offer flexibility. They allow you to enjoy the sun or shade, depending on what you want in the moment.


What’s Your Budget?

There’s significantly more work involved in creating a roof extension, which means that these projects tend to be much more expensive.


The final price will vary depending on the specifics of the project, but we tend to quote anywhere from $3,000-$13,000 for retractable awnings. Roof extensions, on the other hand, tend to cost anywhere from $75,000-$130,000.


Other Considerations

The decision doesn’t end with determining whether you want an awning or a roof extension. There are different types of awnings and roof extensions. It’s essential to determine which one you want before starting the project.


Fixed or Retractable Awning

Retractable awnings tend to last longer than fixed awnings. When you retract an awning, you can prevent it from getting damaged by bad weather.


In many areas of the country, retractable awnings also tend to lead to lower energy bills than fixed awnings, since you can take them down during the winter months. That said, Florida’s weather means that both fixed and retractable awnings tend to lead to lower energy bills, since you spend less on cooling.


The Different Kinds of Roof Extensions

There are a large variety of roof extensions you can get:

  • Dormers