Types of Awnings for Your Home

Courtyard Awning

Awnings and awning styles can be many and varied. Depending on the look and feel of your home or business, it is important to choose a style that fits seamlessly into the proposed image of your project. It is essential when considering the types of awnings for your home to know what is available when it comes to different awning styles and their functionality.

Where Can awnings be used around your home?

Awnings can be used in many places around the home, like the entryway or veranda when welcoming you home over sun-facing windows, over a deck used for entertaining, or protecting the pool area in the backyard. Anywhere you feel the heat and sunlight and need to break the intensity.

Different Types of Awnings for Home use

There are many different awning styles to consider when it comes to shading your home. Older style awnings were generally fixed or drop arm types, but now there are many new style awnings you can choose from.

Fixed Awnings

A fixed awning is one which is permanently in place and normally made from aluminium.

However, folding arm awnings can be built on a smooth operating retractable arm that is motorised and can be automated with wind and rain sensors, making the operation so comfortable at the touch of a button.

Other awnings can be crank-operated instead of motorised, needing more attention but also very easy to operate.

Folding Arm Awnings

Folding Arm Awnings can come in various designs such as the classic awning which folds back, or a cassette awning which folds back compactly into your choice of cassette. Cassette shapes vary from rounded designs to a more modern squared-off look. These awnings are often electric and feature motorised systems.

Which Type of Awning is Best for You?

Folding arm awning on a balcony

Choosing the best awning for your home is a personal choice and based on aesthetics and functionality.

Deciding if you need automation is to be considered, as is how you would like the awning to look once folded away.

Consider the following elements:

  • colour
  • fabric
  • design & aesthetic
  • motorisation & automation

How do Awnings support outdoor business?

Many businesses choose to install an awning over an alfresco dining area, to create an enjoyable outdoor atmosphere for diners who may be seated in intense sunlight in the summer months. Installing a retractable awning allows for the subtle warmth and heat to be experienced in winter, and the harsher heat and light to be muted during the warmer summer months.

Awning Prices & how to have one installed?

Like different awning styles, prices can also vary, depending on the size, functionality and aesthetic that you’re looking for. An off the shelf option may be cheaper, but it isn’t bespoke and custom built to your specific dimension requirements or colour matching preferences.

Folding arm awnings should be considered a long term lifestyle and home investment, meaning that quality should be high on the list of priorities when choosing a product and Supplier.

Things to remember when considering purchase of an awning

  • There are many locations an awning can be used
  • Both residential and business locations can use awnings
  • There are both motorised and manually operate awnings
  • Consider aesthetics and functionality of the awning you choose
  • Prices will vary based on quality and visual appeal

When it comes to installing a custom awning it is essential to make sure you use a knowledgeable & experienced installer who not only understands the requirements of then awning, but also how best to mount it to your particular surface or substrate, enabling many years of worry free operation.

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