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Your Guide to Awnings

An awning is an external roof-like covering attached to a building. Most awnings have an aluminum frame covered by a canvas and they are positioned over a wall, window, door, roof or any exterior portion of a building.

April 17, 2014

An awning is an external roof-like covering attached to a building. Most awnings have an aluminum frame covered by a canvas and they are positioned over a wall, window, door, roof or any exterior portion of a building. But you can get them in various shapes, sizes and materials. Awnings can be either fixed or retractable with manual or motorized controls.

An Awning is basically used to provide protection from weather, provide shade and can also serve as a decoration or a form of identity. It can shield your doors and windows from the heat of the sun during the summer and reduce the impact of the snow in winter. You can also use it to create an attractive and comfortable outdoor area for family and friends to gather. And it can make your stall or store front look very impressive and attract more customers.

In addition, awnings that have fabric canopies are cheaper to construct and maintain than wooden or concrete structures. They provide an excellent covering for your decks and patios. Awnings also reduce the costs of cooling your home by nearly 25% since they minimise the heat that comes in through the windows – a major channel of heat.

If you would like to install an awning in your home or commercial premises, you need to be familiar with the various types of awnings. A good way to start is by taking some time to read about the main types summarized below.

Retractable Roof Awnings

A retractable awning can easily be opened out or pulled back to give you the exact amount of cover your desire. The fabric folds back in pleats or onto a roller. This type of awnings can be extended manually using a hand crank or with motorized controls.

Retractable awnings are designed to give you and your property maximum protection from sun, rain and wind. Architects and builders usually recommend them for both commercial and residential projects.

Retractable awnings offer you several advantages. They can be mounted on your wall or roof and their frames require very little maintenance. Hence, these awnings are ideal for decks and patios. Although they have less resistance to bad weather, you can easily retract them when the weather is very unpleasant.

Some of the key features that make retractable awnings very attractive to homeowners include the motorized controls that extend or retract it with little effort. Weather sensors are also a very important feature because they automatically retract the awning based on the weather. Accessories for roof-mounted models also help to protect the awning from wear.

You can get retractable awnings in a wide range of sizes, frame colours and fabrics. Some also come with an optional lighting system. Ozsun offers the Suntech brand of retractable awnings because it is designed to meet the highest standards of durability, strength and functionality.

Conservatory Awnings

These awnings are designed to repel the heat of the sun from various kinds of conservatories, pergolas, glass buildings or outdoor structures. In addition to heat reduction,Your Guide to Awnings Ozsun Shade Systems – Sydney Awnings & Blinds and Patios they shield your building from excessive light and prevent your furniture, wallpaper and curtains from fading.

Conservatory awnings are usually mounted above the glass roof and the air in between the glass and awning assists the effective circulation of air and removal of unwanted heat. You can easily retract or extend the awning via the motorized controls but some small awnings could be controlled manually. These awnings are also available in several colours and sizes.

We offer and recommend the Roma Conservatory Awning and Sundream Conservatory Awning because they are user-friendly, offer durable frames, several colour options and highly efficient maintenance-free operation.

Tension Awnings

Tension awnings have a specially designed tension structure and fabric. They are made into different attractive shapes that give you several options to beautify and protect your home. Tension awnings offer protection from the sun and they are usually waterproof. Some of these awnings are fabricated as temporary structures while others are installed permanently.

You can use tension awnings for both residential and commercial purposes including temporary event structures in your yard, public tent structures, and for industrial and landscape artwork.

We offer and recommend Antares Tension Awnings because it is built to meet the highest quality standards. This shading system can be used in both homes and offices in both vertical and horizontal applications.

If you would like to learn more about the different types of awnings available, please contact us at Ozsun. We are happy to chat on the phone or we can visit you to discuss your options.