The pros and cons of retractable awnings

The pros and cons of retractable awnings

Retractable awnings for patios and decks are a growing trend. They’re versatile, they range greatly in price, can help to beautify an outdoor space and offer protection from the elements. With the latest in electric, motorised and automated awnings, it’s hard to look past this effective form of shade.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Retractable awnings for patios and decks are a growing trend. They’re versatile, they range greatly in price, can help to beautify an outdoor space and offer protection from the elements. With the latest in electric, motorised and automated awnings, it’s hard to look past this effective form of shade.

What are the benefits of retractable awnings?
  • Extendable folding-arm awnings offer a lot of flexibility in terms of shading an area, with most able to be retracted and extended to different lengths depending on the time of day.
  • Most retractable awnings are relatively easy to install, with many able to be installed without the help of a professional tradesperson.
  • A wall-mounted or fixed awning doesn’t take up any floor space allowing for better, free-flowing use of the area beneath it.
  • When fully retracted, a wall-mounted awning is discreet, taking up little wall space.
  • Motorised or automated awnings are easily operable with the use of a remote control or through a home automation system.
  • A well placed awning can offer shade outdoors as well as helping to keep the sun out of the indoors, reducing in the interior temperature in the hotter months. 
  • A good quality awning offers UV protection as well as protection from unexpected rain showers.
Weinor Cassita II Awning by Artisan

What are the drawbacks of retractable awnings?

The main drawback of a fixed retractable awning is if there isn’t sufficient clear or suitable space on which to fix it. In this case, a portable or freestanding awning may be the best option. 

In terms of weather, contemporary retractable awnings can be fitted with a sensor so they will automatically retract in the case of high wind. 

How much do retractable awnings cost?

Retractable awnings vary greatly in price, depending on size, material, whether they are fixed or freestanding, and how they are operated, with manual awnings generally costing less than automatic or electric versions.

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Are there different types of retractable awnings?

The main difference in awnings is their method of operation. A manual awning is extended and retracted by hand, generally with the use of a hand crank. Conversely, a motorised awning is extended and retracted with the push of a button - either on a remote control or via an integrated home automation system. 

Awnings are also available as either a wall-mounted or freestanding option. 

Material is the next main deciding factor when choosing the best awning for an outdoor space, be it a deck, a patio, a pool or a grass area

Awnings are generally made with polyester, acrylic or canvas materials, which can be laminated or coated for longevity. The best material will depend on the location of the site, how often the awning is likely to be used, and the size of the awning. Most awning materials are either waterproof or water resistant and are designed to last in outdoor conditions. It is best to understand the warranty of the material, and to ensure it has the benefits and features you’re after. For example, some materials may not provide UV protection, while others may not be suitable for coastal locations due to the likelihood of salt spray.

 

Learn more about awnings: Everything you need to know about buying and installing an awning for your outdoor living area 

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The pros and cons of retractable awnings

The pros and cons of retractable awnings

Retractable awnings for patios and decks are a growing trend. They’re versatile, they range greatly in price, can help to beautify an outdoor space and offer protection from the elements. With the latest in electric, motorised and automated awnings, it’s hard to look past this effective form of shade.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Retractable awnings for patios and decks are a growing trend. They’re versatile, they range greatly in price, can help to beautify an outdoor space and offer protection from the elements. With the latest in electric, motorised and automated awnings, it’s hard to look past this effective form of shade.

What are the benefits of retractable awnings?
  • Extendable folding-arm awnings offer a lot of flexibility in terms of shading an area, with most able to be retracted and extended to different lengths depending on the time of day.
  • Most retractable awnings are relatively easy to install, with many able to be installed without the help of a professional tradesperson.
  • A wall-mounted or fixed awning doesn’t take up any floor space allowing for better, free-flowing use of the area beneath it.
  • When fully retracted, a wall-mounted awning is discreet, taking up little wall space.
  • Motorised or automated awnings are easily operable with the use of a remote control or through a home automation system.
  • A well placed awning can offer shade outdoors as well as helping to keep the sun out of the indoors, reducing in the interior temperature in the hotter months. 
  • A good quality awning offers UV protection as well as protection from unexpected rain showers.
Weinor Cassita II Awning by Artisan

What are the drawbacks of retractable awnings?

The main drawback of a fixed retractable awning is if there isn’t sufficient clear or suitable space on which to fix it. In this case, a portable or freestanding awning may be the best option. 

In terms of weather, contemporary retractable awnings can be fitted with a sensor so they will automatically retract in the case of high wind. 

How much do retractable awnings cost?

Retractable awnings vary greatly in price, depending on size, material, whether they are fixed or freestanding, and how they are operated, with manual awnings generally costing less than automatic or electric versions.

260 Translucent Opening Roof by Louvretec New Zealand

Are there different types of retractable awnings?

The main difference in awnings is their method of operation. A manual awning is extended and retracted by hand, generally with the use of a hand crank. Conversely, a motorised awning is extended and retracted with the push of a button - either on a remote control or via an integrated home automation system. 

Awnings are also available as either a wall-mounted or freestanding option. 

Material is the next main deciding factor when choosing the best awning for an outdoor space, be it a deck, a patio, a pool or a grass area

Awnings are generally made with polyester, acrylic or canvas materials, which can be laminated or coated for longevity. The best material will depend on the location of the site, how often the awning is likely to be used, and the size of the awning. Most awning materials are either waterproof or water resistant and are designed to last in outdoor conditions. It is best to understand the warranty of the material, and to ensure it has the benefits and features you’re after. For example, some materials may not provide UV protection, while others may not be suitable for coastal locations due to the likelihood of salt spray.

 

Learn more about awnings: Everything you need to know about buying and installing an awning for your outdoor living area 

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The pros and cons of retractable awnings

The pros and cons of retractable awnings

Retractable awnings for patios and decks are a growing trend. They’re versatile, they range greatly in price, can help to beautify an outdoor space and offer protection from the elements. With the latest in electric, motorised and automated awnings, it’s hard to look past this effective form of shade.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Retractable awnings for patios and decks are a growing trend. They’re versatile, they range greatly in price, can help to beautify an outdoor space and offer protection from the elements. With the latest in electric, motorised and automated awnings, it’s hard to look past this effective form of shade.

What are the benefits of retractable awnings?
  • Extendable folding-arm awnings offer a lot of flexibility in terms of shading an area, with most able to be retracted and extended to different lengths depending on the time of day.
  • Most retractable awnings are relatively easy to install, with many able to be installed without the help of a professional tradesperson.
  • A wall-mounted or fixed awning doesn’t take up any floor space allowing for better, free-flowing use of the area beneath it.
  • When fully retracted, a wall-mounted awning is discreet, taking up little wall space.
  • Motorised or automated awnings are easily operable with the use of a remote control or through a home automation system.
  • A well placed awning can offer shade outdoors as well as helping to keep the sun out of the indoors, reducing in the interior temperature in the hotter months. 
  • A good quality awning offers UV protection as well as protection from unexpected rain showers.
Weinor Cassita II Awning by Artisan

What are the drawbacks of retractable awnings?

The main drawback of a fixed retractable awning is if there isn’t sufficient clear or suitable space on which to fix it. In this case, a portable or freestanding awning may be the best option. 

In terms of weather, contemporary retractable awnings can be fitted with a sensor so they will automatically retract in the case of high wind. 

How much do retractable awnings cost?

Retractable awnings vary greatly in price, depending on size, material, whether they are fixed or freestanding, and how they are operated, with manual awnings generally costing less than automatic or electric versions.

260 Translucent Opening Roof by Louvretec New Zealand

Are there different types of retractable awnings?

The main difference in awnings is their method of operation. A manual awning is extended and retracted by hand, generally with the use of a hand crank. Conversely, a motorised awning is extended and retracted with the push of a button - either on a remote control or via an integrated home automation system. 

Awnings are also available as either a wall-mounted or freestanding option. 

Material is the next main deciding factor when choosing the best awning for an outdoor space, be it a deck, a patio, a pool or a grass area

Awnings are generally made with polyester, acrylic or canvas materials, which can be laminated or coated for longevity. The best material will depend on the location of the site, how often the awning is likely to be used, and the size of the awning. Most awning materials are either waterproof or water resistant and are designed to last in outdoor conditions. It is best to understand the warranty of the material, and to ensure it has the benefits and features you’re after. For example, some materials may not provide UV protection, while others may not be suitable for coastal locations due to the likelihood of salt spray.

 

Learn more about awnings: Everything you need to know about buying and installing an awning for your outdoor living area 

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