5 Factors To Consider When Choosing Awnings For Your Home

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Awnings offer more than protection – they turn your outdoor area into a multi-purpose, functional space throughout any season. So, it’s important to have the right one that will tick the boxes it needs to.  

So, what’s to consider? Let’s break it down: here are the top 6 factors to consider. 

What Are The Benefits of Awnings For Your Home? 

If you haven’t considered investing in an awning before, it’s never too late to reconsider. Awnings protect, shelter and style your home’s exterior without compromise. Here are some benefits of investing in an awning for your home:  

It can save you money: Awnings are more than a shade solution. They can also keep your indoor areas cool by filtering the amount of sunlight that protrudes into the home. It decreases the need for air-conditioners, taking away the financial strain during the hotter months.  

 It protects the home: Regular sunlight exposure can damage furniture, fabrics and carpets. Investing in an awning not only protects your outdoor area from the harsh heat but the inside of the home as well. Outdoor and indoor furniture is protected and safe from harmful UV rays.  

 It adds style: This goes without saying. Finding a reputable supplier to custom make your awning to match the home’s aesthetic appeal can give the exterior the boost it needs. It’s inviting and will transform the look and functionality of the space.  

 It’s got you covered: Literally. An awning’s primary purpose is to provide adequate shade or rain protection for your outdoor area, including windows and doors. No need to worry about the elements – an awning will ensure you can enjoy your outdoor area at your leisure.  

If you haven’t considered investing in an awning before, it’s never too late to reconsider. Awnings protect, shelter and style your home’s exterior without compromise. Here are some benefits of investing in an awning for your home:  

Choosing the Right Awning For Your Home 

The right awning for your home should be able to provide comfortable protection for your outdoor space, expand your usable space and protect the inside of the home. The purpose, design and functionality of the awning are key players in making the right decision. Consider the following:  

  • Awning size  
  • Location  
  • Additional accessories  
  • Customisation requirements  
  • Awning type   

Size, Size, Size 

Size isn’t everything, but it matters. Awning size will dictate coverage area, awning height and even aesthetic appeal. The trick is to add functionality without obstructing views or being too overwhelming – it’s a fine line.  

You need specific measurements – awning size encompasses projection, angle and width to understand the correct coverage area. Alternatively, you may only require protection from rain or wind rather than sunlight. So, think about the desired outcome and go from there. Speak with a reputable supplier to discuss the best way to accomplish this.  

It’s a Material World 

Your awning material and colours are the final touches that will transform a functional awning into a stylish addition to your home. Choosing the right material can be tricky – from cotton, solution-dyed acrylic, eco-friendly designs and micro-perforated options available, just to name a few.  

Whatever material you choose, it needs to be able to withstand the elements, the climate, be easily maintainable and suit the home’s colour scheme. You may want to consider the following:  

  • Do you require robust heat and light control?  
  • What colour/colours suit the home exterior?  
  • Do you need UV resistant material?  
  • How do you clean the fabric?  
  • Do you need anti-fungal fabric?  
  • Do you require water-resistant fabric?  

With so many options, it’s best to speak to a reputable supplier that can provide a wide range of colour and material options so you can choose the best material to suit your home.

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Fixed or Retractable

Fixed awnings are fixed in place without the ability to move or retract. They provide shade and protection but are always exposed and offer far less flexibility than retractable awnings  

When the weather is ever-changing, the convenience to have flexibility is invaluable. Retractable awnings allow users to only use the awning when they need it most. You can opt to operate manually or control them via remote control, wall switch or a device with automation and motorised systems. This means more light, heat and glare control for both outdoor and indoor settings.  

When it comes to choosing the right retractable awning, Helioscreen’s Full-Cassette awning includes an enclosure cassette to completely protect the awning when not in use. This ensures optimal longevity and durability to get the most out of your awnings lifetime. Helioscreen supplies a wide range of retractable awnings to complement any residential facade.  


Extra Control Options

Additional features can truly add a little extra customisation to your home. Some suppliers allow you to opt for motorised or automated wind or sun sensors, remote control operations, timers or  control from smart devices. 

If you opt for awning accessories, ensure that your supplier can provide a range of motorisation and automation options and systems to ensure a smooth operation. A little can go a long way. 



Australia is exposed to versatile and sometimes harsh weather conditions all year round. Whether you are used to intense heat or cold, windy, rainy days during the colder months, your awning design should be able to withstand these conditions.   

Retractable awnings are a great way to protect your home beyond the heat. To make the most out of your awning investment, be sure to speak with a reputable supplier to discuss how your location may contribute to the style of your awning.  

Choose Australia’s Quality Retractable Awning Supplier

The right awning for your home makes a more comfortable experience for your family and brings life and functionality to your property’s exterior.  

When choosing an awning for your home, it’s important to prioritise a durable and functional retractable awning that will provide a long-lasting shade solution custom made to your outdoor area.  Helioscreen is Australia’s leading supplier of retractable awnings for a variety of residential buildings. Contact us for more information.  

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