It probably isn’t at the top of your list for home improvements, but there’s a reason awnings remain a popular choice for homeowners.
Face it – if you live in the UK, you’re not blessed with wonderful weather all year round. In fact, it’s about as unpredictable as it comes and that means that we don’t get to spend anywhere near as much time as we should in our gardens.
Awnings change that, completely. And here we’re going to provide the definitive list of reasons why an awning should be on your home improvement shopping list.
They’re for both outside and inside
The first, most obvious application for an awning is for it to cover and protect the area immediately outside your back door, or bi-folds.
This is a great way to ensure you can enjoy your garden for longer periods, come rain or shine.
But awnings can be used to cover inside areas, too. They really are incredibly effective and versatile. Therefore, if you don’t think you have room for an awning, a quick recce by a professional may reveal otherwise.
It’s all about the shade
The main job an awning has is to create shade in areas where you want to relax, entertain, or work.
Relying on shade to occur naturally throughout the day as the sun passes over your home isn’t ideal, because it means you’re entirely governed by the time of the day.
With an awning, you control the shade and can create it or release it whenever you wish (and it’s super-easy to do so with automated awnings which can extend and retract depending on the weather).
Your adjoining room benefits, too
When you extend an awning right in front of the opening to a room, that space will benefit significantly, too.
For instance, if your kitchen benefits from beautiful, large windows or some bi-fold doors, you’ll be acutely aware of how hot that room gets when things heat up outside.
Awnings have a significantly positive impact on this. By creating a shaded area immediately outside the room, it’ll stop your kitchen getting unbearably hot in the summer.
The weather isn’t a problem
Modern awnings are technically showerproof. If you opt for an open awning or a semi-cassette awning, it’s worth bearing in mind that you’ll need to allow the fabric to dry before retracting, but it’ll still cope admirably with wet weather.
However, if you opt for a full cassette awning, all of the fabric parts and adjoining elements are completely enclosed and protected from the elements.
This means you can technically leave the awning open all year round, which is not only convenient – but it also means you can enjoy your garden no matter the season.
So much customisation (and protection)
You’re not exactly limited when it comes to the aesthetics of an awning.
The metal parts are available in 47 colours, but when it comes to the fabric, you can actually have any colour you like. This makes it super-easy for an awning to blend effortlessly into the existing decor of any home – and match the taste of the owner.
They can also be supplied with wireless remotes and even connected to smart home systems. Wind, rain and sun sensors will automatically extend or retract your awning when needed and that’s before we get to the way they protect you.
Thanks to strong UPF ratings, the latest range of awnings will keep you and your family fully protected from the sun’s harmful rays.
Caring for your awning
Awnings largely look after themselves, but it’s advisable to give them a regular wash with a hose to ensure they remain in top condition.
The good news with full cassette awnings is that everything is protected from the rain and elements, therefore less cleaning is required. Despite this, a quick recce of your awning to check for any signs of wear and tear is always advisable.
Ready to look at awning options for your home? Just get in touch with the Horizons team to find out more.