Folding arm awnings, also known as retractable awnings, are a practical choice for the exterior of your home. Once installed, the awning acts as a supplemental roof and provides shelter from the heat, sun and rain to create a space that’s perfect for relaxing and entertaining!
The advantages of folding arm awnings
Based on the name, you'd be correct in guessing that these awnings have the ability to fold away with ease. This feature is incredibly handy, as it allows flexibility depending on the time of day. Say you're sitting outside enjoying brunch on the patio and the summer sun is beaming directly into your eyes, simply extend the folding arm awning up to three metres. Or, if you're sitting outdoors and feeling a tad on the chilly side, fold them away and enjoy those sweet, sweet sun rays.
Unlike a fixed patio awnings or canopy awning, folding arm awnings are fully retractable. This means they can be folded away so they're completely out of sight when not in use. Not only can this feature help to make your space seem bigger if you're entertaining, it also comes in handy when the weather is particularly wild.
At Half Price Blinds online, our retractable awnings are available in a range of colours, including shades of black, brown, grey, cream and white. You can also choose between blockout and sunscreen fabric, whichever suits your style and needs.
Due to the fold-away design of these awnings, they have a much longer life-space compared to other outdoor products. When the wind and rain are out in full force, folding arm awnings can be easily tucked away to avoid damage. Plus, exposure to the sun can cause the fabric on your awnings to fade over time, which means that folding arm awnings will stay looking good as new for much longer compared to other outdoor awnings.
Folding arm window awnings aren’t just reserved for use above windows and doors! Modern awnings can now be used to protect entire areas, like the pool, car bays, patios and balconies, to create an extended outdoor dining and entertaining space. Thanks to their stylish design and smart functionality, you can enjoy shade and shelter all year long in an extended outdoor dining or entertaining space.
Caring for folding arm awnings
Once you’ve installed your new awnings, it’s pretty easy to take care of them. As previously mentioned, these awnings are designed to provide shade, so always be sure to put them away during times of heavy rains or high winds. Your folding arm awning will come with a standard slope to prevent the fabric from sagging and to allow water to run off, but if any water collects on the fabric, simply push fabric up (gently) with a broom handle to remove.
Some other tips for keeping your outdoor awnings in tip-top shape include:
• Using a good quality light oil to lubricate moving parts annually.
• Periodically checking your awning to ensure all nuts and bolts are tightened. If any have come loose over time, tighten immediately.
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