The word means shelter. Traditionally a ramada is a simple, fixed structure with a roof and no sides which offers shade from the sun, shelter from rain or snow. The drive-through at the bank is a ramada, an open gazebo is a ramada, or covered areas in public parks or campgrounds would be considered ramadas. Ramadas are typically built of steel, aluminum or wood, are often free-standing or open on three sides. The roof shields from weather and the open sides allow air to move unrestricted which results in cooler temperatures below.
There is an art to covering spaces to shield areas from the sun. Awnings frame windows and doorways; patio covers, both fabric and aluminum, extend from the sides of the home over yards; screening pulls down from portals and windows. All of these installations are restricted by the their mounts and the relatively small areas they protect. But shade sails know no bounds and are limited only by the imaginations of those who design them.
Some of the most appealing aspects of a house are its exterior space, views and the property on which it sits. Realtors call it curb appeal. This may refer to the view of the house from the sidewalk, but it is also reflected in other outdoor areas.
We’re going to encourage you to think outside the box, and we’ll help you get there. We’ll take your patio cover idea and turn it into fabulous shade sails that will cover that large area with elegance and drama.
The single greatest contributor to the inside temperature of a home in sunny New Mexico is the exterior walls. Put your hand on the outside stucco, wood or stone during the warm months and feel that heat. That heat translates to a warm interior, like a cocoon.
We are bombarded with thousands of visual messages every day on the road, on TV, on T-shirts, on food packaging, in elevators, office buildings, airports and even in our own cars.
If you have ever had a rug, carpet or drapes exposed to sunshine from windows, day after day, you know the damage of UV rays from the sun. Colors fade, sometimes dramatically, and fibers deteriorate.
In the great southwest wind and sun are the greatest sources of both energy and property damage. Winds cool the air and sun warms the exterior walls of buildings. Exterior screening can be the most effective way of taking advantage of these elements.
For all you GrillMasters and Motorheads out there, you can chuckle quietly to yourself when steaks are on order in the dead of January. Instead of running around the side of the house to crank up that screen over the door, you simply press the remote.
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