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What is a Folding Arm Awning

Folding Arm awnings add style and value by creating an attractive and practical outdoor area. They are also ideal for commercial applications such as restaurants, providing protection from the sun and light rain.

February 27, 2017

Folding Arm awnings add style and value by creating an attractive and practical outdoor area. Folding Arm awnings provide a roll away cover for a patio, deck or balcony. They are also ideal for commercial applications such as restaurants, providing protection from the sun and light rain.

“Folding Arm awnings differ from traditional awnings in that the arms fold horizontally instead of vertically,” owner of Ozsun, Peter Warner explains.

One benefit of the folding arm awning is that they are an effective way to cover an outdoor area without the need for posts.

“The folding arm awning is cantilevered from the wall, meaning you can walk freely under the awning without walking into arms and posts,” adds Peter.

Awnings with a discreet style.

Folding Arm Awnings - Ozsun Shade SystemsAnother feature of the folding arm awning is that when it is not in use it is simply retracted back into a neat unobtrusive cassette.

Ozsun has a range of folding arm awnings available and are experts at advising which awning is best for your outdoor area as well as installation.

“Our top tier folding arm awnings are made in Germany and Austria. These awnings are the ‘Mercedes Benz’ of awnings,” Peter explains.

All of the operating components are designed and manufactured in Germany and Austria and are certified by the international testing agency. The mechanism of the folding arm awnings has improved over time. Previously the awnings used chains whereas now the spring loaded folding arms use cables to provide maximum wind stability and fabric tension.

“The Materials Testing Authority in Germany has certified the arms can withstand over 70,000 cycles of stress. This is the equivalent of the awning being operated for over two hundred years of normal use,” Peter says.

There is not just one folding arm awning but a complete range so you can create your perfect outdoor area. There is the Berlina, which is compact and comes with an optional semi cassette or open fabric roll. The Spandau folding arm awning conceals both the arms and the fabric when retracted. The Helioshade folding arm awning is the strongest awning on the market and has an optional retractable valance and optional adjustable pitch.

“All of the folding arm awnings are made with the highest quality materials and most have a powder coated aluminum outer shell ensuring protection against corrosion and dirt,” explains Peter.

Awnings that are easy to mount.

Folding Arm awnings can be mounted onto the face of a building and with the addition of fascia or eave brackets – a folding arm awning can be installed from the rafters of the roof.

“If you are not sure whether a folding arm awning is right for your space we offer a free home consultation. We can assess for you whether a folding arm awning or another type of awning is going to best suit your requirements and budget,” says Peter.



What are the features of a folding arm retractable awning?

Folding arm awnings are a type of retractable awning most commonly used in commercial & residential settings. They are composed of a metal frame attached to the building and a fabric canopy that can be extended or retracted as needed. Folding arm awnings are ideal for conserving space and avoiding permanent structures.

Retractable folding arm awnings are operated manually, using a crank handle, or automatically, using a motor. When extended, they provide shading and protection from the sun and weather. When retracted, they allow sunlight to enter the space.

Folding arm awnings are available in various colours and styles to match the aesthetic of any building. They are also durable and easy to maintain, making them an ideal solution for businesses that want to provide their customers with comfort and protection.

What are the benefits of installing a folding arm awning?

There are many benefits to installing a folding arm awning, including:

  • Retractable folding arm awnings provide shade from the sun, helping to keep your home cooler in summer.
  • They protect your furnishings from fading and reduce glare on TV screens and computer monitors.
  • Folding arm awnings can be used to create an outdoor dining or entertaining area, which is perfect for summer gatherings.
  • They are easy to use and require very little maintenance, making them an excellent choice for busy families.
  • Folding arm retractable awnings are available in many styles and colours, so you can find the perfect one to suit your home.

If you are looking for an easy way to improve your home’s appearance and increase your outdoor living space, a folding arm awning from Ozsun is the perfect solution.

Can you only partially extend a folding arm awning?

 Yes, it is possible. The partial extension is a great way to get the right coverage without fully extending the awning. This can be especially helpful when avoiding too much sun or wind. 

At Ozsun, we have a wide variety of folding arm awnings in Sydney for you to choose from. No matter your budget or style, we have an option that will suit your needs. And if you’re wondering how it will be done and how much it’ll cost, you can get an estimate via our online tool or check our gallery of past outdoor shading projects

So why wait? Add a folding arm awning to your outdoor space today!