- Fixed awnings
- Retractable awnings
- Freestanding awnings
Fixed awnings are permanently fixed to a building and are
probably the most common awnings used for screen from sun and
Retractable awnings can be adjusted to your requirements either
manually or by motor. The motorised versions require a switch,
much like a light switch that can be just as easily installed
outdoors as indoors.
Freestanding awnings are best identified as large umbrellas
resting on a heavy base. They are portable and can be taken
down and stored away.
Apart from protection against sun and rain, awnings can also
offer you cost savings during summer months, as they are
able to reduce the cost of running air conditioning by as
much as 70% in some instances. Awnings are able to extend
your living space by taking it outdoors and are readily
available off the shelf or specially ordered in a variety of
shapes, sizes, materials and designs.
The most common materials used in the construction of
awnings are Aluminium awnings - Zincalume, Steel Or a
variety of polyethylene The type of construction material
chosen is highly dependent on where and how your awning will
be used. Aluminium and polyethylene is the most common as
they are cost effective and resilient. Steel on the other
hand makes an ideal, long lasting support for awnings but it
can be expensive and susceptible to rust. Fabric is usually
the covering of choice but again aluminium can be used as
well as corrugated Perspex or Polycarbonates.
Cloth Awnings - covers to match your use Cloth awnings are
not as durable as Perspex, aluminium or polycarbonates, but
have a larger following due to their ability to be created
in almost endless arrays of colours, shapes and designs. As
a rule of thumb, lighter awnings offer an airy feeling by
allowing more UV light through but wont cool an area down as
much as darker awnings will.