Garden Advice – How to Make Best Use of a Patio Awning

The ever expanding demand for garden awnings has created a new market for readily available awnings in a range of styles. These awnings can be found on the cheap and can be self installed by any keen handyman. The vast range of awnings can, however, overwhelm those without a background in the market. Hopefully this article will help anyone considering the purchase of an awning.

A manual awning is the most basic solution. These awnings are operated by a straightforward winding handle which controls the retractable arms. They can be projected to the desired level to shade from the sun or retracted fully when it rains. Manual awnings are cost effective and easy to install. Once the brackets are mounted to a wall, installation can be completed by fitting the awning onto the brackets. Lifting the awning is a job ideally suited to at least two people because of both the weight and the need to align the awning with the mounted brackets. Once this is done the awning is ready to use.

Installation of an electric awning is a similar process but requires an understanding of wiring in order to connect the motor to a power supply. Again, the basic process of mounting brackets and then lifting the awning onto them applies, however, the electrical element creates an extra challenge. The benefit of the extra work becomes evident though when you can control your awning from a mains switch rather than having to wind it manually. Electric awnings are more expensive but ultimately more convenient.

The fairly robust awnings should last for several years without problems. Taking good care to keep the awning out of the rain and excessive wind will of course prolong the lifespan of the item. The awning fabric, often made from polyester or acrylic, is designed to withstand a certain amount of exposure to the elements but is bound to deteriorate if neglected for an extended period of time. Products such as awning covers are available for protection during the worst weather whilst replacement fabrics are also an option should the existing fabric fall victim to foul weather.

A large number of suppliers will stock and sell replacement parts should an awning ever require restoration. The individual elements of the awning should all be obtainable as well as a range of additional accessories, including wind, sun and rain sensors, or even replacement covers so you can change the colour of your awning.