Awning Design Awnings

What Type of Free Standing Awning is Best For Your Home?

Posted on July 29, 2017 at 3:54 pm

Before installing a free-standing awning in your home or garden, it can help to understand what a free standing awning is and how they are often used. This will allow you to make the best decision on the size and style of the awning, before investing time and money into what can sometimes be a pretty big undertaking.

What Size to Use 

If you want to use an awning to cover a large area, you will need a big awning. Because of their size, larger awnings often need to be permanently installed into the ground, which might not be a desirable feature. The other option is to use several smaller awnings, these are often portable and can be positioned wherever and whenever they are needed.

Consider The Weather

Because the awnings are outside, the weather is going to affect them. Always keep in mind the kind of weather that your home or garden regularly experiences before buying any awnings. If your garden is often exposed to heavy wind, you may need a more sturdy awning to tackle it.


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How Awnings Have Been Used Through History

Posted on April 11, 2017 at 5:42 pm

Awnings have been used since early history, with records of them being used in ancient Egypt and Syria. They haven’t changed that much since then either, and today are used in much the same way as the market canopies of ancient times.

Historically awnings have been used as functional covers, with their main use being to provide a blanket against the sun and rain. They were also often improvised constructions, created from some poles and any large sheets of material that could be found. However their use has evolved over time, with company branding and logos being introduced to customers, awnings became more about displaying an attractive visual design than straightforward function.

As consumerism increased the average homeowner was able to buy their own awning or a house with an awning already installed. This has given people around the world, especially those in hot climates the chance to enjoy the cover of an awning at their leisure.

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The Main Differences Between Awnings and Canopies

Posted on March 7, 2017 at 6:44 pm

There are several differences that help distinguish awnings and canopies from one another. These differences are important to note, as awnings and canopies are often mistaken for the same thing, even by fabricators and designers. It’s these differences that are also the deciding factor in deciding if an awning or canopy is right for the job.

Awning and Canopy Features

Awnings are created in such a way so as they are supported entirely by the building they are attached to. Unlike canopies, they don’t require any additional support struts or poles. This makes them well suited for providing cover over windows since their design doesn’t get in the way of the view.

Canopies, on the other hand, tend to be larger than awnings and are often used to cover doors and entrance ways. Because of their larger design, they often need extra support poles, this also allows them to extend further than awnings providing cover for the walkway leading to the door of a building.

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Fixed Or Retractable Awnings, Which Is Best Choice?

Posted on February 23, 2017 at 10:28 pm

Awnings have been used for centuries, both to protect entrances and windows from the weather, as well as for their decorative appeal. However, a relatively modern invention are retractable versions of awnings. With both fixed and retractable awnings available, it poses the question, which is best?

Fixed awnings are permanently attached to the building. This allows it to provide constant shade and weather protection. If the building is in a location that sees a lot of sunshine, a permanent awning may be the ideal thing to keep the building consistently cool through these hot periods.

Another factor to consider is cost. Fixed awnings tend to be less expensive than retractable awnings, mainly because they’re less complicated structurally and don’t require additional opening and closing tools.

Retractable awnings, however, are often custom fitted for the building they are to going be attached to. This means that its much easier to find retractable versions of awnings that will fit a building.

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Awning Designs For The Car Porch

Posted on January 27, 2017 at 9:03 pm

When the garage is unavailable, the next best thing is the car porch. Any vehicle can be kept out of the weather and reasonably sheltered in a car porch with a suitable awning.

Car porch awnings are available in fixed and retractable designs, the choice of which will largely depend on the amount of space available and the type of vehicles that it will be covering. Fixed designs are great for spots that see a lot of regular traffic, they are also more sturdy and provide better weather cover overall. Retractable designs are useful for areas that only need an awning when the weather requires it. They also benefit from a more subtle design, allowing them to look less imposing than a larger fixed design.

When choosing an awning it can help to explain how it will be used to the retailer. They may be able to offer some advice and recommendations to help find an awning that fits.

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The Various Awning Designs Available

Posted on December 23, 2016 at 8:25 pm

There are many different awnings available on the market, each designed for a specific purpose. Be sure to pick up the right style of the awning with this collective list.

Window & Door Awnings

These are fitted over doors and windows and provide a small shelter designed to house these parts of the building. They are quite small in comparison to other types of awnings and generally aren’t suited to covering persons outside.

Deck/Patio Canopies & Free-standing Cabanas

These are some of the largest awnings available, able to shelter large areas and house many people. They are perfect for seasonal functions as well as other types of occasions.

Retractable Awnings & Sun Structures

Specially designed to be able to extend out by quite a far distance, these awnings a commonly used by homeowners and businesses. They do require a strong base to be attached to as when fully extended they can weigh a fair amount.



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Recommended Features Of High Quality Awnings

Posted on October 17, 2016 at 8:48 pm

Your home is not like every other house, and as a result, the awnings that will be best suited to it will be unique to the building. This is why when choosing high-quality awnings it’s important to choose the right awnings based on the features that will be suited to your home.

There are many different types of awnings available, but their specifications can vary depending on how they work. Cassette awnings, for example, make use of a built-in cover which protects the folding arms from harsh weather.

Be sure to take note of what arm technology the awnings make use of. It may sound fancy, but the fibres used in the arms of the awning can make a big difference in how the awning operates, its durability as well as its weight.

Another feature awning arms sometimes include are power transference technologies. These make the awning easier to use, which is often important for awning users.

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Summer Patio Awnings

Posted on September 17, 2016 at 6:22 pm

Summer patio awnings are a great way to provide a shading solution to your outside sitting area. Designed for summer use, they can provide shade as and when its needed due to their lightweight frame.

Summer patio awnings are used for sun protection during the brightest months of the year. They provide extra hours in the garden with protection from light rain in our changeable UK weather.

Summer Patio awnings, however, have now been developed to perform protection from heavier rainfalls using not only stronger materials but also ingenious arm systems and front bars that can reshape to form a gable to deflect rainwater to the sides.

Many high-quality patio awnings have a rain channel built into the front carrying bar section as standard, take Markilux and Weinor for example – 2 high-quality German manufacturers offering such technology.

With a summer patio awning you are covered, whatever the weather.

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