Patio Awning Buying Guide

Patio awnings provide shade and shelter from the elements, extending the use of your outdoor space all year round. With so many options available for you to choose, keep these tips in mind when deciding on an awning solution to complement your home and meet all of your requirements.

 Read our top tips to consider when choosing an awning for your patio or garden:

1. Awning Types

Choosing what awning is needed is down to size and use of outdoor space:

  • Patio awnings are fixed to an external wall and extend outwards over a seating or standing area to provide shade and shelter from the elements.
  • Pergola awnings are also wall mounted, like a patio awning, but have a fixed frame design which stays in place when the awning is retracted offering extra stability and support.
  • Freestanding awnings are designs that don’t require wall mounting and are popular in open spaces and when needing to define areas such as outdoor kitchens and seating for restaurants or poolside areas.
  • Conservatory awnings are mounted to an existing roof structure and provide sun protection and shade with the touch of a button.

2. Electric or Manual Awning? 

Choosing between either manual or motorised awnings depends on the level of convenience needed and your budget requirements. Electric awnings provide the ultimate convenience as they can be controlled with a remote or from your smartphone. Our Weinor awning range operates smoothly and quietly. For optimum levels of practicality, add BiConnect sensors, automatic weather sensors which can detect sun, wind and rain and open or close accordingly. Manual awnings are retracted via a manual crank and provide customisable sunshade in the most affordable way.

3. Material

Different materials meet different requirements and styles. The two most common material are outdoor weatherproof fabric and aluminium:

  • Outdoor fabric comes in a wide range of colours but will require more care and maintenance than an aluminium roof
  • Aluminium, like our louvre roof system, are common for both homes and businesses. With motorised blades, light and ventilation can be controlled with the touch of a button and the aluminium blades are watertight. 

4. Size of awning

While this may sound simple, in order to get the most use from your awning you need to make sure that not only is your awning large enough to provide adequate shade but that it’s positioned correctly in order to provide shade throughout the day. Our awning specialists carry out a full technical survey to ensure once fitted, your awning is positioned perfectly.

5. Vertical Awnings

If providing all day shade is of extra importance or if you need to increase the privacy of your outdoor area the addition of vertical awnings is a great choice. Vertical awnings, or side awnings, offer elegant, vertical sun protection and privacy. They can be added to any Weinor or non-Weinor awning, patio roof, pergola awning, or conservatory.

Awnings with Crocodilla…

With so many awning options and accessories to choose from, we understand it can be a daunting decision. If you’re thinking of adding an awning to your home or business contact the team at Crocodilla and book a free site survey. Our professional and expert team will work with you to determine the best awning for your property based on the size, use of space and budget. Get in contact with us today and let us know how we can help you.

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