- Fixed awnings
- Retractable awnings
- Freestanding awnings
Fixed awnings are permanently fixed to a building and are
probably the most common awnings used for screen from sun and rain.
Retractable awnings can be adjusted to your requirements either manually or by motor.
The motorised versions require a switch, much like a light switch that can be just as
easily installed outdoors as indoors.
Freestanding awnings are best identified as large umbrellas resting on a
heavy base. They are portable and can be taken down and stored away.
Apart from protection against sun and rain, awnings can also offer you cost
savings during summer months, as they are able to reduce the cost of running
air conditioning by as much as 70% in some instances. Awnings are able to
extend your living space by taking it outdoors and are readily available
off the shelf or specially ordered in a variety of shapes, sizes, materials
The most common materials used in the construction of awnings are Aluminium
awnings - Zincalume, Steel Or a variety of polyethylene The type of construction
material chosen is highly dependent on where and how your awning will be used.
Aluminium and polyethylene is the most common as they are cost effective and
resilient. Steel on the other hand makes an ideal, long lasting support for
awnings but it can be expensive and susceptible to rust. Fabric is usually the
covering of choice but again aluminium can be used as well as corrugated Perspex
Cloth Awnings - covers to match your use Cloth awnings are not as durable as
Perspex, aluminium or polycarbonates, but have a larger following due to their
ability to be created in almost endless arrays of colours, shapes and designs.
As a rule of thumb, lighter awnings offer an airy feeling by allowing more UV
light through but wont cool an area down as much as darker awnings will.