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What sort of retractable awning should you get?

A retractable awning, patio awning, pergola awning or folding arm awning will extend your outdoor lifestyle all year round and add instant protection from the elements.

October 08, 2015

A retractable awning, patio awning, pergola awning or folding arm awning will extend your outdoor lifestyle all year round. Used on a deck or a patio, they instantly act as a protection from the weather and add to your socialising and your special times. Now as we move into summer, there has never been a better time to invest in quality blinds and awnings for your home.

A retractable window awning or blind provides wonderful shade and protection without shutting out the view and will give you control over the weather on your own terms.

When the sun gets too hot you can unroll the awning to provide instant protection and shade.  An optional sun sensor can automatically extend the awning in the sun and an optional wind sensor can retract a folding arm awning in windy conditions.


  • Awnings keep temperatures cooler inside and help reduce your electricity bills by up to 25% if you run air conditioning.
  • Retractable awnings can provide shade without shutting out the view.
  • Awnings protect floor coverings and furniture from fading in sunlight.
  • Awnings are environmentally friendly way to cool your home.
  • A retractable awning can give excellent privacy when required.
  • An awning can add value to your property.
  • Retractable awnings can turn terraces and balconies into airy attractive, extra rooms.
  • Awnings provide a sheltered place for children and pets to play, shielded from direct sun.

Energy Performance

Retractable awnings and exterior blinds reduce thermal heat gain and increase the energy performance of a building.  Ozsun’s awnings and external blinds can reduce solar gain by up to 80% by keeping the sun’s rays off the glass.  This is far superior to using thermal pane glass, window tints or internal blinds.


Our range of awnings includes both retractable and fixed awnings (click on any image below for more details):

There are many things to consider when when choosing the right awning for your home and needs.  Do you want a fixed awning or a retractable one? Retractable awnings are great if you live in an area where the weather changes regularly.

There are also manual retractable awnings which you can fold up yourself or electric ones for easy use with a touch of a button. With good care and maintenance, such retractable awnings are an excellent investment in your home and your lifestyle.

There are many different types of awnings to choose from:

Folding Arm Awnings

Folding Arm Awnings maximise entertaining areas such as patios and decks, and are also ideal for cafés and restaurants.

Retractable roof awnings

Retractable roof awnings are a concertina style retractable roof or pergola awning that fold the fabric back in pleats.

Conservatory awnings

Conservatory awnings are commonly used for shade over pergolas but can also be fitted with posts.

Louvre Roof

Louvre Roof will create your new favourite outdoor room.  Let your life flow seamlessly from the kitchen dining area and out on to your covered patio.

Straight Drop Awnings

Straight Drop Awnings are also called External Blinds & Shutters. 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 internal blind.

Pivot Arm Awnings

Pivot Arm Awnings offer adjustable sun control, privacy, and view through whilst allowing airflow behind the awning.

There are many choices in finding the right awning for your home, so visit an awnings specialist to get a consultation on the right retractable awning for your home.