Selecting the right awning for your home can enhance both the aesthetics and functionality of your outdoor spaces. Whether you want to create shade for sunny rooms or transform your garden patio into a comfortable retreat, choosing the perfect awning is an investment requiring careful consideration to ensure the blind stands the test of time… and the worst and the best of British weather.
Choosing the most appropriate awning involves key factors such as its location, desired shading, design, colour, and durability. There are many different types of awnings, in this post we are specifically looking at the most popular option, fabric awnings.
Staying in the shade
There are several important points to keep in mind when choosing a fabric awning:
Assess your needs
Begin by evaluating the purpose and location of the awning. Are you looking to provide shade for a sunny room or to create a comfortable seating area on your garden patio? Or will it be mounted inside, in a conservatory for example, to help with cooling and solar glare? Determining the primary use will help guide your selection process.
Consider the design
Fabric awnings come in various designs, including retractable, stationary, and freestanding options. Retractable awnings offer versatility, allowing you to extend or retract the awning as needed and are designed to be unintrusive. Stationary awnings are fixed in place and provide a more permanent shading solution for a specific location. Freestanding awnings are ideal for open spaces where you might wish to reposition the shade during the day, and possibly put it away at other times.
Evaluate the durability
The UK’s climate is notoriously unpredictable, so choosing a highly durable fabric is essential. Look for materials that are weather-resistant, UV-resistant, and can withstand rain and wind. High-quality awning fabrics like acrylic, polyester, or vinyl-coated fabrics are known for their durability and longevity. The best quality and range of fabrics are available from Markilux, with an unprecedented choice of colours and patterns.
Assess maintenance requirements
Try to opt for fabrics that are easy to clean and maintain. Some materials can be wiped with a damp cloth, while others may require more intensive cleaning methods. Additionally, look for fabrics that are mould and mildew resistant to ensure longevity. The benefit of retractable awnings is that they can be put away for winter – and blend neatly into the property – with the fabric kept clean and fresh in the cartridge in readiness for the next sunny spell.
Select an appropriate colour
An awning can significantly impact the overall look and feel of your outdoor space. Choose a fabric pattern and colour that complements your home’s exterior and blends well with the surrounding environment. Lighter colours tend to reflect heat, keeping the shaded area cooler, while darker colours provide better UV protection. Consider the existing design of your home and outdoor furnishings to create a cohesive and visually appealing look and try not to be too swayed by seasonal fashion trends as these will date.
Seek professional advice
If you’re unsure about the best fabric or design for your home, consult with a professional awning supplier or installer. Channel Windows has nearly 40 years’ experience and provides expert guidance based on your specific needs, preferences, and the layout of your space. We also provide fabric samples and showcase different design options to help you make an informed decision.
Check for warranties
Ensure the fabric awning you choose comes with a warranty or guarantee. This will give you peace of mind in case of any manufacturing defects or issues that may arise over time. Be sure to read and understand the terms and conditions of the aftercare contract before making a purchase.
Factor in fun features
Explore how you can fully enhance the functionality of your fabric awning. For example, motorised awnings controlled by a remote control provide extra convenience and ease of use. Integrated lighting can also extend the usability of your outdoor space into the evening hours.
By considering all these factors and taking time to explore design options, you’ll select a fabric awning that not only provides shade and protection but also enhances the overall aesthetics of your home, and possibly its value too. Now bring on the summer!