Accessories Awnings

Warmth on Brisk Evenings

Posted on January 25, 2015 at 3:46 pm

Adding a heating system to your awning can be a really nice addition, and it means that you can enjoy your outdoor entertainment area, even when it’s a typically cold, British evening.

If you have a patio awning in your back garden, then a patio heater is ideal, and this will usually be wall mounted, providing a desirable amount of warmth for you and your guests. Al fresco dining on a chilly evening no longer has to be an issue with an outdoor heater, and you could even opt for a traditional chimenea.

The great thing is infrared heating is safe, and there is no pressurised gas bottles or cylinder storage problems. It is maintenance free too and you tend to get instant heat, and that’s why you’ll find these clever systems in most British gardens. Some people argue that you get a short lamp life, but this will obviously depend on the system you choose but remember, you do ‘get what you pay for’ most of the time.

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5 Factors To Consider When Shopping For Awnings For Homes

Posted on January 19, 2015 at 5:27 pm

Thinking of buying awnings for your home? These exterior coverings provide shade & protection to window frames from harsh weather, allow air circulation into the home and help prolong the life of outdoor furniture such as patios. But they also serve a decorative purpose. Awnings can add style as well as colour to a deck or patio, improving the overall curb appeal of your home. When it comes to choosing them, there are a couple of things you should consider. These include:

  1. Operation

In terms of operation, these coverings can be classified into three: retractable, fixed and freestanding. The retractable ones are ideal for decks and patios as they can be easily extended and retracted as necessary. They give one the ability to control the sun according to the temperatures outside. Some can come with motors & switches which allow you to extend and retract them with just a touch of a button. However, these models cannot stand heavy rains, snowy conditions and high winds. Fixed/stationary don’t offer the ability to extend & retract and are mainly used for windows and/or doors. Freestanding models, on the other hand, can be used for decks, patios and terraces.  (more…)

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