What are Awnings?

Juliet Russell

BY Juliet Russell

Published: 16 February 2022 Updated: 17 August 2022

Awnings are a great addition to your home, allowing you to extend your living space out into your garden, turning it into a practical spot to enjoy some relaxation or entertain friends and family

What does the word awning mean?

Large patio in front of doors and windows, with striped awning in red and maroon, various garden furniture.

What does the word awning mean?

Take a walk down a busy street in the warmer months and you're bound to see an awning over a shop – often striped or brightly coloured, reminiscent of ice cream sellers on a seaside. Now awnings are coming off the high street and into our gardens – and they're a far more luxurious affair.

Large patio in front of doors and windows, with striped awning in red and maroon, various garden furniture.

Why use an awning?

An awning opens up your possibilities and is so beneficial it’s like having an extra room in your home, extending your living space into the outdoors. During warmer months it’s perfect for al fresco dining and optional heating and lighting allow you to enjoy it during the cooler months too. Looking for a quiet spot to curl up with a good book?  Your awning creates the ideal cosy nook, keeping you shaded from the sun which can give you a headache while reading.

a grey coloured awning hanging over a dining table on a patio

And it’s not just you that an awning protects – the shade of your awning will also keep the adjoining interior room cool, and help reduce glare inside, and help prevent sun damage to your furnishings. An awning also provides a little privacy to your outdoors area, allowing you to fully relax and enjoy your extra living space.

What weather can I use my awning in?

White house with brown paving patio, contemporary dining furniture underneath a white and red awning.

What weather can I use my awning in?

Our luxury awnings are crafted using high quality fabric, treated to prevent fading, Sunny days are ideal awning weather, giving shade from the sun's rays not only for you but for your furniture and soft furnishings. Built-in vibration sensors retract it if the wind becomes too intense, so one less thing for you to worry about. Awnings need to be manually retracted if it rains and extended fully to allow them to dry when the rain has stopped.

White house with brown paving patio, contemporary dining furniture underneath a white and red awning.

Optional extras

For ultimate enjoyment of your awning long into the evening, we offer optional integrated heating and lighting, allowing you control at the touch of a button – no more interrupted al fresco dining as the evening cools down. You can also choose sun sensors, which activate your awning as soon as sunshine is detected, meaning you have a shaded spot ready and waiting for you when you're ready.

All about the look

Traditional brown brick house and patio with dark rattan furniture under a pale green awning.

All about the look

Our high quality awnings come in a vast choice of different fabrics, from plain to candy-stripe, patterns to pinstripes, and in a wide range of colours so you can choose to complement or contrast with your home or outdoor area. You can also choose from straight or scalloped edging, and the colour of the framework, for a true bespoke experience.

Traditional brown brick house and patio with dark rattan furniture under a pale green awning.

Where can my awning go?

Traditional brown brick house and deck under grey awning with pattern.

Where can my awning go?

Our installation team undertake a survey prior to installation, to ensure the awning placement will give you optimum shade for as much of the day as possible, allowing for the sun's movement. Our awnings aren't just for patios though, we can also install awnings on frames if there is no brickwork to attach it to. And despite being a single storey building, bungalows can also benefit from awnings too, thanks to our specialist fittings.

Traditional brown brick house and deck under grey awning with pattern.
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