Folding Arm Awnings
Folding arm awnings are ideal as a roll away cover for a patio, deck, balcony or commercial applications such as restaurants.
They are easy to operate and can be retracted when not in use. Folding arm awnings are an efficient way to provide shade and protect your outdoor living space from the sun, wind and rain.
Retractable Roof Systems
Retractable roof awnings are a concertina style retractable roof or pergola awning that fold the fabric back in pleats when retracted.
Retractable roof systems are more robust than folding arm awnings due to their fixed posts and tensioned motor, which keeps the fabric taut in all weather conditions when extended completely. They provide protection from the sun, wind, and rain to create an outdoor room that can be enjoyed all year round.
Fixed awnings are not retractable and have a fixed rigid frame. They are more robust than retractable awnings as they are designed to cope.
The advantage of an external blind is that it keeps the sun off the glass and is far more effective at reducing heat than an interior blind.
External blinds are made of materials that reflect the sun’s rays. This can be especially helpful in hot climates where the sun’s rays are very strong. In addition, external blinds can be automated to open and close as needed, making them more convenient than interior blinds.
Our extensive umbrella range includes the Designer umbrella range for patios and decks where strength is required.
Ideal for shared residential spaces such as rooftops, pool sides, BBQ areas, aged care facilities or schools, our umbrella range is robust and more flexible in location than a folding arm awning.
With a variety of bases, such as:
Concrete Base: Ideal for umbrellas which need to be brought inside or regularly relocated. At 27kg this base keeps the umbrella secure during moderate winds.
In Ground Anchor: A robust solution for commercial applications where strength and a permanent location is required.* Concrete footings required.
Surface mount: Perfect for decks, concrete slabs near pools or outdoor seating where a permanent fixed solution is required.
Wall mount: Ideal for an apartment balcony wall where floor and storage space is restricted. The umbrella can be removed and stored elsewhere or even relocated to another balcony or space where an additional wall mount is installed.
Portable aluminium wheelbase: A versatile aluminium base with wheels and cover which can relocated anywhere in the backyard or restaurant area where shade or rain protection is required. Pavers are inserted inside the portable base to ensure the umbrella stays secure in the wind.
RETRACTABLE AWNINGS AND BLINDS IN SYDNEY
Awnings, Blinds and Retractable Roof Systems
Ozsun provides a complete design and installation service in Sydney, from the Northern beaches to the Eastern Suburbs and Inner West down to Cronulla and the Sutherland Shire. We also ship awnings and blinds anyhwhere in Australia.
THE OUTDOOR LIFESTYLE
Allseasons by Ozsun
The Allseasons retractable roof system is ideal for use in homes, courtyards, restaurants and commercial applications where more than just protection from the sun is required.
THE OUTDOOR LIFESTYLE
Fiesta by Ozsun
The Fiesta retractable roof system provides year-round protection from the weather. At the touch of a button, the Fiesta allows you to convert unused outdoor space into an additional entertainment and play area for family, friends and guests to enjoy in comfort.
Can you leave a retractable awning open all the time?
The answer depends on the climate, outdoor blind or awning type, and each specific installation type. For example, you can leave many fixed canvas awnings open all year if they are simply installed against a window with no wind flow.
However, folding arm awnings have unique wind speed capacities, depending on quality and style and should be retracted during heavy winds or storms. Generally, it’s best to check with the manufacturer of your outdoor blind or awning to see their recommendations for extended use. With proper care, your outdoor retractable awning or blind can provide years of enjoyment. For more information, please refer to your consultant for your specific individual requirements.
How much wind is too much for an outdoor awning?
Generally, most awnings can withstand wind gusts up to 20- 30kph. Above that, it’s best to close and secure the awning to avoid damage. Outdoor blinds may have slightly different wind ratings, so check the manufacturer’s recommendations or discuss with our friendly consultants. For an awning that can cope with a strong 49km per hour, our Helishade Full Cassette is the strongest awning on the market to suit such conditions and may be fitted with Somfy Wind or Motion Sensors to add additional peace of mind.
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Pros and cons of retractable awnings
- Provides shade and protection from the sun and rain
- Helps to cool outdoor spaces
- Blocks UV rays to prevent fading of outdoor furniture
- Gives you the ability to control the amount of sunlight and weather exposure
- Use retractable awnings with other types of outdoor shadings, such as umbrellas and pergolas
- Does not need council approval
- Can be fitted within just a few hours.
- Can be more expensive than other types of outdoor shadings, such as umbrellas or fixed awnings
- Must be installed appropriately to work correctly and be safe
- Can’t always withstand strong winds or heavy rain
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Creating clients’ outdoor visions has always been our main focus at Ozsun. From retractable awnings and blinds to custom-built pergolas, we have a wide range of unique projects to suit your needs.
Some Clients We’ve Worked With