How Much Clearance is Needed for a Retractable Awning?

Retractable awnings combine style and functionality to transform any outdoor area into a usable space. Planning for a retractable awning requires attention to detail, the correct measurements, and the right area to create an optimal shade solution. 

Understanding how much clearance is needed for your awning should be discussed with your retractable awning supplier. In the meantime, there are some key factors to consider when planning out your awning clearance.

What Factors Contribute to Awning Clearance?

Awning clearance is a key component to ensure your awning is as functional as possible for your outdoor area. Consideration of the height, projection and pitch all contribute to measuring out the clearance, ensuring that the awning can cater for your outdoor space.

Awning Height

The height determines the projection length of the awning and it is generally recommended the height measures at least 2.4m from the ground. This is to make sure you can safely walk under the awning without needing to duck when it’s extended. 

If you are unsure about what the right awning height is for your outdoor area, speak with your retractable awning supplier.

Awning Projection Length

Your awning extension is crucial to ensure the framing structure is strong enough to support the fabric and withstand weather changes and strong wind. Projection length can be anywhere from 1.5m to 4.5m depending on the style or model you choose. For example, the Helioshade Classic has a maximum projection of 4m when extended, while the Cocoon Cassette only has a projection of 3.5m. 

Deciding on the optimal projection length will differ between outdoor areas and rely on building direction, awning width and the size of your outdoor space. Seek out a supplier that can custom build your retractable awning to suit the projection length you need.

Awning Hood Requirements

The hood is similar to a cassette – it is a hard protective covering for the awning to keep away insects, mildew and bugs when it’s not in use. It’s also crucial for protecting the awning’s motor and hardware from damage and water leakage. Some suppliers provide full-cassette awnings to completely encase the awning when retracted. This protects against weathering, corrosion and any damage.

Plan and Prepare Area Estimates

Understanding the awning coverage area will help you plan out any obstructions that may hinder your awning projection. 

Consider the coverage area of the space and distinguish if there is anything that may stop your awning from extending properly. You may be limited by any structural considerations or the direction of the building (if it’s north, south, east or west-facing). 

Take measurements of the area, taking into account patio sets, door walls, sliding or swinging doors or any windows. From here, you can speak with your retractable awning supplier to discuss resolution options to any challenges.

Choose Australia’s Quality Retractable Awning Supplier

It’s important to prioritise a durable and functional retractable awning that will provide a long-lasting shade solution custom made to any residential or commercial outdoor area. Helioscreen is Australia’s leading supplier of retractable awnings, contact us for more information on choosing the right retractable awning for your needs.


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