This is a generic term for a self supported structure with 2 or more retractable awnings projecting either side of a goal post arrangement and therefore looks like a butterfly when extended
Butterfly awnings are most commonly used in commercial applications to provide either sun or rain shelter outdoors in public places, such as a pub garden, cafe, restaurant and so on.
There is a big difference between one purely designed for sun protection as opposed to one being required for rain and a fair bit of wind exposure too. As they can be so large the structure needs to be very strong and well connected to the ground area underneath it with proper concrete pads the best installation method.
For most commercial applications in the UK the requirement is usually not just for sun protection but also to provide shelter from the wind and rain. This is where the Markilux Syncra system is ideal. Unlike some other systems where the cover is only suitable for sunshine the Syncra has been designed and tested for both wind and rain and is manufactured and tested in Germany where the weather is as diverse as the UK.
When you are looking to put a serious all year round system in place then the Syncra may well be your solution.
The Markilux Syncra is constructed from a strong galvanized steel section framework available in one piece up to 7 metres wide or as a coupled unit up to 13.9 metres wide. Combine this maximum size with 4 retractable awnings with 4 metre projections and you can cover an incredible total area of 111 square metres! The system is tested and CE approved to the highest standards.
The free-standing awning stand consists of a steel cross member and two steel posts at the side and has no centre support like giant umbrellas tend to have. It offers plenty of space with a maximum height of three metres and a walk-under height of over two metres to side even at large extensions. Seven different awning models from the complete Markilux range are available to suit different requirements and tastes. Whether small and compact or stylish and elegant, with or without heating and lighting. All awning types are equipped with a gear mechanism and attractive stainless steel winding handle; an electric motor is optional. The powder-coated awning stand includes a top profile in the same frame colour as the awning. The cover and mechanism are always well protected when retracted by the totally enclosed housing and top profile.
The choice of high quality Markilux awnings for the Syncra framework – open, semi or full cassette models, all available as manual or electric operated and a very wide choice of fabrics including fire retardant and fully waterproofed options for public places.
As the awnings either side are independent you can have one awning out on its own if required all depending on the level of shading and protection needed at any one time during the day or night.
A wide choice of accessories can be added to the Syncra framework including lighting and infra red heating systems enabling use of the cover during the evening and with additional warmth to extend the evening al fresco experience. Drop down electric or manual operated valances can also be specified with certain models to give further protection at the sides and Samson can also supply fixed side sections either in glazed or solid sections to create a more protected environment to encourage use of the area.
The Syncra can be surface fixed or concreted into the ground and there are also options for self supporting models using various weighted sections which can also double up as seating or decorative areas. We would always recommend the permanent fixing for ultimate stability all year round.
Samson Awnings also offer the superb Weinor Duofix butterfly awning system and the Terrasol system from Winsol awning but the Terrasol is only used for sun protection and would not be suitable for windy conditions and rain protection.
Another fantastic variation on the Syncra is the Markilux Pergola system offering even greater levels of stability for self supporting terrace and patio cover with huge variations in size and specification. Self supporting or fixed to an existing structure the Pergola offer real protection in our variable UK climate