What Are the Top 5 Reasons Homeowners Are Opting for Awnings in Their Gardens?

As the demand for versatile outdoor spaces increases, homeowners are turning to awnings for homes to enhance their gardens and patios. Our range of custom-made, retractable awnings offers a solution for sun protection and an elegant design element for residential and commercial properties. Here are the top five reasons why awnings for homes are becoming a staple in garden upgrades across the UK.

home with retractable awning
home with retractable awning

What is an Awning?

An awning is essentially a canopy made from fabric or other material, which is attached to the exterior of a building to provide shade and protection from the weather. It is typically mounted over windows, doors, or larger areas like patios and decks, awnings are both practical and decorative elements in home design.

  • Materials
    Awnings are most commonly made from durable fabrics designed to withstand the elements such as acrylic, vinyl, or polyester yarn. These fabrics are often treated to resist water, fading, and mildew. Metal awnings, made from aluminium or steel, are also popular due to their longevity and robustness.
  • Designs and Styles
    There are many designs to choose from, including traditional, dome-shaped, quarter-round, and retractable awnings. The choice of style often depends on the specific needs of the area being covered as well as personal taste. Retractable awnings are particularly popular because they can be extended to provide shade or retracted to let in more light, offering flexibility depending on the weather.
  • Mechanisms
    Modern awnings can be operated manually with a crank or motorised for added convenience. Motorised awnings can be controlled with a switch, a remote, or even automatically through sensors that monitor weather conditions.

1. Sun Protection and Weather Resistance

Our awnings provide excellent protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays, making your garden patio a safer place to relax and entertain. Constructed from weather-proof fabrics, our awnings ensure that neither sun nor rain will disrupt your outdoor plans. Their ability to retract means you can enjoy the sun when desired and seek shade when needed, offering flexibility in all weather conditions.

  • Practical Application:
    One of our most popular models, the Base Plus Awning, features a fully cassetted folding arm design that is robust, stylish, and suitable for residential and commercial settings. It’s available with optional ambient LED lighting to enhance the atmosphere during the evening.

2. Customisation to Suit Any Space

Tailored to meet the specific needs of any property, our awnings come in various colours, widths, and projections. Whether you need a large awning to cover a spacious dining area or a smaller one for a cosy garden nook, there is an option to suit your requirements. Our Armony Plus Awning is perfect for larger widths and features a multi-bracket system for added strength and stability.

  • Practical Application:
    Choose an awning that complements the architectural style of your home or business. With adjustable features and a range of fabric choices, our awnings not only provide shade and protection but also enhance the visual appeal of your property.

3. Enhanced Comfort with Motorisation and Accessories

The convenience of motorised awnings cannot be overlooked. With the option to install Somfy motors, our awnings can be extended or retracted effortlessly, making them easy to adjust as the weather changes. Additional features like dimmable LED lighting and weatherproof infrared heaters extend the usability of your outdoor space into the evening and cooler months, ensuring comfort year-round.

  • Practical Application:
    Enjoy an evening under your awning with our built-in LED lighting strips, perfect for setting the mood or entertaining guests. For cooler days, the Rio Grande S heater offers efficient heating without compromising safety and features a two-year warranty.

4. Quick and Easy Installation

All our awnings are supplied fully set up for quick and easy installation. This means you can have your new awning ready to use almost immediately after it arrives. Our straightforward setup eliminates complicated instructions and lengthy installation times, allowing you to enjoy your new outdoor space sooner.

  • Practical Application:
    Whether for a domestic garden or a commercial terrace, our awnings can be installed swiftly with minimal disruption to your day-to-day activities. This hassle-free installation is a significant advantage for homeowners and business operators.

5. Increased Property Value

Investing in a high-quality awning can significantly enhance the appeal and functionality of your property, potentially increasing its market value. An awning makes your outdoor space more attractive and usable and signals to potential buyers that the property is well-maintained and thoughtfully designed.

  • Practical Application:
    A stylish and functional outdoor area equipped with a durable awning can be a major selling point if you decide to put your property on the market, making it stand out from others without such features.

Awnings for homes are more than just practical additions; they are transformative features that extend living spaces, enhance comfort, and increase the usability of outdoor areas. By choosing the right model, customising it to fit your needs, and utilising the additional features available, you can turn your garden into a year-round haven for relaxation and entertainment.

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