How to: Choose the right external awning for your outdoor areas

December 3, 2015
How to: Choose the right external awning for your outdoor areas

Recently, we provided some easy to follow tips for choosing the right blinds and shutters for your home’s interior. In this article, we’re going to be talking about awnings, one of the most popular trends in recent years. Awnings have been picked up by many homes and businesses right across Victoria for the incredible versatility they can provide to your bespoke, outdoor areas.

We’ve gone right through all seven of the most popular awnings on the market today, pointing out what they will do best. We’ll also dive into how they can enhance the beauty of your verandah, as well as the exterior of your home. As always, Blinds4Less is on hand to help you with choosing the right awnings for your home, should you need further help. You can contact us either by phone or email, we’ll be more than happy to help.

Window awnings

Window awnings are the more traditional form of these types of coverings. Their large surface area has made them ideal for further decoration, either through vibrant colours or patterns. Whilst in decades past they were renowned for being hard to use, nowadays they are some of the easiest of their type to wind up or down. Canvas coverings are also more durable than ever before, and now come with powder coated steel for additional durability.

Fixed guide awnings

Whilst looking similar to their more traditional, canvas counterpart, fixed guide awnings are anything but old. Fixed to vertical bars, these guided coverings are easily moved up or down, and can be done so quickly – ideal for those hot, summer days. Fixed guide awnings are also easily motorised, making them perfect for second storey windows.

Zipscreen awnings

Zipscreen is a new type of guided system, fastening the fabric to the side panels with vertically welded zips. These zips keep the fabric crease free and make it incredibly easy to use, making them perfect for covered patios or verandahs to create an additional, outdoor living space. Because the panels will keep the fabric nice and stiff, they are also ideal for insulative mesh, and will help to keep these outdoor areas to a perfect, livable temperature.

Folding arm awnings

Wanting to cover your verandah whilst avoiding building costs? Folding arm awnings can be easily placed onto any wall nearby, and their extendable range will keep your entertainment areas covered completely. Folding arm awnings have been right at the forefront of the awning trend in recent years, and can also be motorised for even more convenience.

Drop arm awnings

Drop arm awnings are an innovative way to provide easy shade to key areas of your home’s exterior. Their pulley-like system adds a touch of convenience, wherever they are placed, and are especially beneficial for homes or businesses that enjoy a large window front. The simple design of drop arm awnings also means that they are non-intrusive, and will not interfere with the aesthetics of your property’s exterior.

Café blinds

Aptly named, and providing a clue as to their principle benefit, café blinds will perfectly suit businesses that possess a sidewalk dining area. These blinds are quickly and easily moved up or down, and will provide perfect shelter from the wind and rain when it comes. They aren’t just suitable for restaurants, though. We’ve seen homeowners make good use of café blinds in creating the perfect, alfresco dining area in their own backyard.

Straight drop awnings

Straight drop awnings may appear highly simplistic, but their beauty is in the range of materials available. Normally coming with UV protection and weather resistant treatment as standard, these awnings are the durable choice for areas that will be heavily used. Straight drop awnings are also great for those who are looking to either screen or block light before it gets to the home’s exterior.

Outdoor Blinds

With the hotter months arriving, now is the perfect time to order and install outdoor blinds in Melbourne. We stock a huge variety of alfresco blinds, perfect for both the home and the shop front. Simple functionality allows them to be up or down depending on the weather, so if the bad weather hits, you’ll be safe in no time!

Get in touch with with our friendly team for more information on your outdoor blinds and other products on 1300 727 657 today.

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