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5 Things To Consider When Choosing Your Retractable Awning


With summer right around the corner, now is the time to start preparing to take full advantage of your outside space. Awnings can provide the ideal outdoor shade, so you and your family can enjoy the warm weather, whilst being protected from harsh rays of the sun. Awnings also protect your furniture from harmful UV rays as well as add to the aesthetics of your space. But choosing the right awning can be a difficult decision. Here are some factors to consider when choosing awnings:


1. The purpose of buying the awning

Are you looking for protection from the sun and the rain? Is it the additional living space that you are after? Are you looking to protect your outdoor furniture from sun damage? Or maybe you just want more privacy? Getting clarity on the purpose is the first step towards choosing the right awning that suits your needs.


2. Making sure the awning provides adequate shading

It is important to ensure that your awning is not only large enough but also positioned perfectly so that it provides adequate shade at all times during the day. Our retractable awnings can be adjusted to meet your specific requirements with its tilt mount setting which allows you to set the angle of the arm to maximise your sun and rain protection.


3. Choosing the colour that complements your surroundings

Choosing the right colours for the awning is an important step in the process. If you are looking to reflect more sunlight, you would choose to go with lighter colours. If you are looking for more shade and privacy, you would choose darker colours and heavier fabrics. Think about what colours and patterns will complement the overall look of your home and business. Ensure that the awning blends beautifully and effortlessly with the decor and furniture of the outdoor as well as the indoor space.


4. Choosing the right fabric

When choosing the right fabric, ensure that it will withstand the weather conditions in your area. The weather in New Zealand can change unexpectedly and so it is important to make sure that your awning will be durable enough to withstand the heat wave just as well as the wind and the rain.


5. The ease of operation

There will be times during the cooler months when you may want to retract your awning to take full advantage of the sun. Our retractable awnings are easy to use and come with a remote control, allowing you to extend and retract at the touch of a button. Our lateral arm awnings can be fitted with wind and rain sensors to provide optimal protection from sun and rain, and to protect the awning from damage in severe weather conditions. The sensors automatically allow the awning to open and close, in response to different weather conditions.


Still confused? Fret not! Our expert team of a trained professionals can give you all the support you need in making the right decision. They will visit your home or business, inspect your outdoor space, take accurate measurements and guide you in making the right choice for your space.

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