With temperatures on the rise around the country, it’s clear that summer is well and truly on its way! And as we all know, when the weather warms up, there’s nothing better than spending time outdoors… as long as there’s adequate shade! That’s where awnings come in.
What are awnings?
Awnings are the original air conditioner! They work as a supplemental roof or cover that helps to keep intense sunlight and heat out of indoor and outdoor areas. Once installed, outdoor awnings can even reduce your energy costs, so you can understand why they’re a popular choice in Australian homes.
Where can I install awnings?
Our awnings are diverse enough to fit windows of all shapes/sizes, no matter how big or small! They’re also suitable for a range of different outdoor set-ups, including verandas, patios, decks and balconies.
What types of awnings can I buy?
Automatic Outdoor Awnings
Due to their stylish design and easy operation, auto awnings are one of the most popular outdoor awning systems you can buy. Once installed, these awnings offer superior light and temperature control.
Automatic awnings are perfect for ground floor or balcony windows, reflecting up to 70% of heat before it reaches the glass window making your home far more comfortable in the summer months. Then, when winter arrives, you can roll up the awnings and welcome in the warmth of the winter sun.
Folding Arm Awnings
Folding arm awnings, also known as retractable awnings, are perfect for extending your outdoor living space without affecting the sense of space. This type of awning is fixed to the side of your home and can extend out or fold away at a moment’s notice (as the name suggests).
Folding arm awnings are perfect for outdoor living areas such as decks, patios or balconies, offering external shading from the sun or shelter from the rain to enhance your outdoor living space. Folding arm awnings are also a practical way to manage heat in your home. If you have awnings on your windows, up to 70% of heat will be reflected from your windows, which will reduce the need to electronically cool your home in the warmer months.
One of the key benefits of these awnings is that they’re incredibly durable. Most other awnings are left exposed to the elements, which over time, can lead to wear and tear. Luckily with folding arm awnings, you can fold them away when wild weather strikes, ensuring that they’re protected from damage caused by strong winds or heavy rain.
Why install awnings?
If you’re still not convinced on the appeal of awnings, here’s a quick refresher for you!
1. Reduce your energy bills
Awnings block the sun’s heat and harmful UV rays before they enter your house, which is a surprisingly effective way to cool your home.
2. Protect your furniture
With awnings installed, your furnishings will no longer be exposed to constant UV light. With an increased level of protection from the sun, this means your furniture will have a longer lifespan.
3. Enjoy your outdoor area
Whether you’re hosting a BBQ or just want to sit outside and enjoy a cuppa, awnings can make any outdoor area more pleasant. In summer, you’ll be protected from the harsh Aussie sun, then in winter you’ll be sheltered from the rain.
4. Boost the value of your home
With the right awnings installed, your home will automatically become more appealing to anyone who sees it. This boost in curb appeal makes prospective homebuyers more interested in your home because of the extra value it adds, which will help you sell your home (should the time come in the future).
There you have it! A comprehensive guide to outdoor awnings. If you’re interested in learning more about auto awnings or folding arm awnings, don’t hesitate to get in touch via Facebook or by calling our Australian customer support team on 1300 699 041.