Are you looking for a way to stylishly update your home that is also a practical solution for the harsh Australian elements? Awnings may just be the way to go as they come in a wide range of styles and fabrics to perfectly complement the design of your home. Awnings offer great benefits such as keeping your home cooler and more energy-efficient in summer, sheltering doorways during a downpour, providing privacy, and giving you a more flexible alfresco area.
Awnings can be installed as either fixed or retractable structures. A fixed awning is a permanent structure that provides constant shelter from the sun and rain. These are also often used by businesses and retail stores that are looking to add street appeal, advertising, and protection to their shop entrances. Retractable awnings, on the other hand, offer the benefit of flexibility, allowing them to be opened and closed whenever needed.
Not sure which option is best for you? Let’s take a look at some of the major benefits of fixed and retractable awnings to help you decide.
Flexible design options
Awnings come in a variety of colours and materials that serve a practical function while adding a stylish touch to your home. With the flexible nature of awning designs, you can choose a style that complements the architecture and décor of your home, whether it leans toward traditional or modern aesthetics. Choosing the right awning style for your home, office or retail space can do wonders for the overall design of the building.
The type of awnings fitted will depend on the height, size and placement of windows and doors, as well as the main goals of the installation. Placing an awning higher on a wall, for example, will allow more natural light into the home, without occupying too much wall space.
Fixed and retractable awnings each have unique benefits, which will also influence your vote. While fixed awnings provide permanent shelter, retractable awnings are a better option if you want to maintain flexibility to open and close the screens as you please.
Protection and privacy
Awnings do a great job of providing shelter against weather conditions like pouring rain and the scorching sun. Keeping your windows and doors shaded in summer reduces the cost of cooling your home, and having an awning over your front door will provide shelter from the rain while you fumble for your keys! Making use of natural elements to cool your home is also more energy-efficient and eco-friendly, so both you and the planet can benefit from this addition to your home.
There are plenty of options available to provide cover and protection for alfresco areas. Both fixed and retractable awnings can be installed to create an outdoor space that you can use year-round. Installing retractable awnings in outdoor spaces works especially well since they can be opened and closed as you wish to block the sun or let more light in, depending on the weather conditions and the time of day. The structure can be locked in an open position for as long as needed without compromising on security.
If you want to add something new to your home, installing awnings is a great idea. A fresh and stylish look with flexible design options and added protection and privacy — what’s not to like? To inspire you, take a look at EHI’s range of awnings, which includes retractable roof awnings, motorised awnings, alfresco awnings, convertible awnings, pivot arm awnings, and folding arm awnings.
Elite Home Improvements of Australia is a trusted supplier and installer of plantation shutters, blinds, roller shutters, flyscreens and security doors in Sydney. Established in 1996, EHi delivers the best products and installation services on the market.