FAQs

How much does a retractable awning cost?

An average, but also made to measure, high quality self supporting retractable awning will cost anywhere between around £2,000 and £8,000 and whilst there are awnings out there at £199 to £999 they are completely different construction and only suitable for the calmest sunny days in the UK. There are so many different models depending on whether you want to protect from just the sun or the sun and rain and then options such as LED lighting and drop down front valances too. Our awning ranges offer over 70 standard cassette colurs and then over 500 fabric choices, manual or electric, 2m wide up to 14m wide and many other features for your perfect awning..
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What wind speeds will an awning withstand?

Generally a self supporting retractable awning wil stand up to wind speeds of around 20mph. Most higher specification awnings will have a tested and certified wind rating based on km/h or the Beaufort scale, but of course no one is ever really monitoring the wind speed in their back garden or patio to make a judgement on this…

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Can I install a retractable awning by myself?

Yes, it is perfectly possible, but most of the awnings are very heavy and require a minimum of 2 people for installation and lifting into place. The wall bracket fixtures are one of the most important components to ensure a sound and safe installation and the positioning and fixing of these brackets should be carefully considered.
Extra brackets are frequently used to spread the weight across a wall safely.
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What is the Best All Year Round Solution?

This isn’t that easy to answer, as it depends on your expectations. ‘All year round’ for many commercial applications may actually mean most months, but not the coldest winter months. For domestic application it may mean just the ability to prevent rain when it falls in the summer months. A true all year round solution will be a very high specification indeed.
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What is the best umbrella for me?

There are many different umbrellas for sale in the UK, we try to explain the differences.
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The general do’s and dont’s of operating a patio awning

With a retractable self supporting awning there are some general rules to stick to with daily usage.

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How can I prevent the annoying wind down one side of my patio?

All outdoor areas will suffer from a prevailing cooler wind in the evenings and there are a few ways to tackle this. Continue reading →


What happens to a retractable awning in strong winds or a storm?

Retractable awnings should always be closed when not in use and certainly if you are leaving your home. However if they are left out in a storm, there is always a solution if the awning is electrically operated…
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Why should I choose Samson Awnings to install my glass room or veranda?

We have a complete transparent pricing policy on all products and our level of skills in installation of bespoke products such as the glass rooms is extensive over the last 15 years. We do not sit with you for hours in your home trying to make you order on the day, no pressure selling tactics are used, we are a long established family firm.
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What awning system is best for sun and rain protection on my patio?

This question has become a lot easier to answer in the last few years with the arrival of several patio and terrace cover products specifically developed for dealing with rain and higher winds which unfortunately we have to live with in the UK. Continue reading →


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