What are Awnings

13 May 2021

Mike Richardson

Mike Richardson

What does the word awning mean?

Thought to come from the French word 'auvant', which is a cloth over a shop window. 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.

What are Awnings?

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 can I use my awning for?

An awning really opens up your possibilities and is so multi-functional it’s like having a whole extra room in your home, extending your living space into the outdoors. During warmer months it’s the perfect spot to enjoy al fresco dining – and our optional heating and lighting allows you to continue 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. 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?

Our luxury awnings are crafted using high quality water-resistant fabric, treated to help prevent weathering and fading, so an April shower isn't going to spoil your enjoyment, which is ideal, given the inclement British weather! Obviously sunshine is ideal awning weather, providing shade from the sun's rays not only for you but also for your furniture and soft furnishings. Our awnings have built in vibration sensors that will retract the awning if the wind becomes too intense, just one less weather variation for you to worry about.

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

Our high quality awnings come in a choice of 72 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.

Where can my awning go?

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

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