Domestic Awnings Spring – Guide to buy
Spring is coming and when customers come to us, most of them tell us that they want to extend their garden into entertaining area so they may take advantage of the outdoors at any time of day. Awnings are a perfect solution to accomplish for all year round outdoor living.
From aesthetic plain styles to modern striped designs, we have a fantastic assortment of colours and finishes to match the style of your home and decor. Using your patio on cooler evenings? Benefit from built in heating and lighting for added comfort. Our experts from Samson Outdoor Living will help you enjoy hassle free outdoor partying with some professional advice on the factors you should consider when purchasing an awning.
1. Make sure your awning offers enough shade
Although it may seem simple, finding the ideal awning size might be trickier than you first thought. Since the sun’s position changes throughout the day, you must ensure that your awning is sufficiently large enough to always offer shade. There are two factors that you should consider when choosing your awning size: Projection and width.
The width is referred as the wall mounted bar’s length. The easiest way to measure it and get a price estimation is using a tap measure, following the horizontal line across the wall to get a general estimate of the breadth. There are brackets available to place the awning in front of gutters, so measure across any gutter as if they weren’t there
At Samson Outdoor Living, our majority of the awnings ranges is about 3 meters wide. However, the biggest maximum widths available from us are 14m for a single patio awning unit. When our surveyor team comes to get a survey, we will work and help you design your bespoke awning precisely because our manufactures, Markilux and Weinor, work to the closet centimeter.
The term ‘’ projection’ describes how much the awning will extend from the wall. The measurement is made without taking the pitch into the account and as though the tape measure were lying flat along the top of the fabric. Projection range will vary from a multiple of 0.5m and no more than 4m. Typically, the projection needs to be 0.5m shorter than the width to support the structure properly.
Though the projection is all depends on how much shade you want to provide, our standard patio awning projection is 2m and with supported system, we can offer up to 8 meters in projection. *Guide price for awnings in each dimension: Find here
2. Choose a treated fabric to the awning to improve performance.
Most people enjoy their awning all year round, which means it will be exposed to all weather conditions. Our awnings are an investment and are built to last a long time, including the fabric so you can enjoy them for as long as possible. But what makes a good woven fabric? How are the colours able to stay bright? What should you consider when cleaning it?
At Samson Outdoor Living, our leading manufactures, provide the top fabric that ticks all the boxes. For example, Weinor fabric awning ‘my collection 2’ has arrived with 171 fabrics with the latest structures and colours and at least 93% UV protection. Either you are a fabric stripe fan or a colourful, lively vibe, you will find the perfect match with our selection of colours.
Also, the Weinor high quality acrylic fabric comes with one outstanding feature in particular: dirt has absolutely no chance. The fabric has passed through all test and works as an invisible protective shield which guards against dirt.
3. Consider how you will use the outdoor space
Most of our customers tell us that they want to expand their entertaining space into the garden so they can enjoy alfresco dining at any time of the day. If this is the case, we advise them of the integrated lighting and heating to the awning to ensure they can eat as pleasantly as possible. With outdoor heating, the golden outdoor infrared heater is the perfect way to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere in outside settings. Between now and June 2023, we are still offering a FREE heater with any electric operated retractable awning or pergola.
We also advise getting a motorised control for your awning, so you can operate it at the push of a button for ease and convenience.
In short, a domestic awning can be a wonderful addition to your house, offering shade and protection for your outdoor space. Consider your needs, the type and size of awning, the fabric and colour, as well as the installation and maintenance requirements when selecting an awning. With these factors in mind, you will be able to select an awning that will give you the shade and protection you require, as well as improve the aesthetics and use of your outdoor space. Contact us to have a chat with our expert team and be ready for your awning.