Retractable awnings are so much more than canvas attached to brackets that extend across a living space. Today, awnings have evolved into sophisticated roofing solutions for residential, commercial and industrial properties.
While standard canvas awnings are still very much in demand, so are retractable roof systems. The simple push-button technology allows you to control and enjoy the outdoor living experience. These roofs glide and slide across living area expanses and provide 100% shelter from all weather conditions.
Examples of retractable awnings are:
- For the home
To transform a poolside patio from glaring sunlight into a shaded and cool haven
- For the restaurant
To extend the seating area from the inside outdoors, vastly increasing capacity and taking full advantage of summer weather conditions
- For the factory
Transforming a barren open area into a sheltered car park
Advantages of retractable awnings
Retractable awnings can withstand even the harshest of weather conditions. The specialised PVC-enforced canvas is 100% waterproof, keeping property dry and ensuring uninterrupted entertainment. The canvas also deflects harmful UV rays and is insulated to keep temperatures cool beneath the "roof". The awnings are supported by a strong aluminium frame that can withstand high winds.
In short, retractable awnings are versatile, offering touch-button technology that allows you to control the weather! Retractable awnings are an expansive and durable roofing solution that increases a property footprint at a fraction of the cost of a brick and mortar extension. Retractable awnings are pleasing on the eye, adding both aesthetic appeal and value to a property.
Now, let's take a closer look at the options available for all three categories of property.
Choosing the right awning for a home
Awnings erected over windows and doors can reduce interior heat retention by as much as 77%. This awning solution is a double bonus when one considers that interior furnishings are also protected from UV ray damage.
Topping the popularity charts, however, are retractable awnings. These can be modest in size, and therefore kind on the wallet, or they can be ostentatiously grand, providing an outdoor roof for a vast living space.
A retractable awning allows you to combine style and panache with simplistic design and functionality by breathing new life into unused outdoor areas. These outdoor extensions can be erected quickly and without the fuss and bother of an intrusive construction site.
Awnings are decorative and functional adding style and colour to a deck or patio, providing shelter from the heat, wind and rain and extending the outdoor entertainment area.
Choosing the right awning for a restaurant
There are several factors to consider when choosing an awning for a restaurant. These include style and size options and, most importantly, whether a fixed or retractable roof will provide the best solution.
The most popular options for restaurants include:
- Adjustable Louvre Awnings
- Ceiling Sheet Awnings
- Retractable Pergola Roofs
Adjustable Louvre Awnings control light and airflow and allows customers to enjoy the outdoors regardless of the weather. The aluminium louvres are designed to international standards and the adjustable panels can be operated either automatically or manually. The enamel baked aluminium panels will not to rust, peel or chip, ensuring longevity.
Ceiling Sheet Awnings are a new generation insulated roofing solution. An integrated ceiling sheet system provides outdoor cover that is cost-efficient and aesthetically pleasing. Lighting can be integrated into the ceiling, adding ambience to an elegant dining experience.
Retractable Pergola Roofs are another retractable roofing solution ideal for the restaurant trade. For unsurpassed style, function, simplicity, and quality, this is a roofing solution chosen by many restauranteurs.
Choosing the right awning for a factory
Factory owners generally select awnings to create parking area shelter. Two of the popular awning choices are:
- Multiwall Polycarbonate Carports
- Tensile Sails and Structures
Multiwall Polycarbonate Carport structures are strong and weather-resistant. They transmit light while safeguarding against harmful UV rays.
Tensile Sails and Structures are a cost-effective alternative parking area roofing solution. Manufactured from durable knitted shade fabric, these structures block up to 90% of harmful UV rays, withstand high winds, are mould, rot and fade-resistant and are easy to clean.