Types of Awnings

Learning More About The Different Styles Of Awnings

When it comes to providing shade and energy efficiency to a building or home, awnings are one of the most vital yet largely under appreciated tools. Everyone is likely familiar with them, but it’s easy to take them for granted. Rather than a catch-all roofing or shading tool that functions the exact same from one building to the next, there are actually many different kinds of awnings out there. Let’s take a deeper look:

1 – Retractable Style

Retractable awnings are generally wall mounted and able to extend outwards to cover areas such as patios or decks as efficiently as possible. In a way, they are very much like roof extensions. Unlike most roofs however, retractable awnings can obviously be drawn away into a small housing unit. Depending on the manufacturer, this can be done either manually or with the push of a button. There are also a great number of aesthetic styles available, including different colours, fabrics, and patterns.

Design Outdoor Blinds does this type of blind – you can view them at https://designoutdoorblindssydney.com.au/folding-arm-awnings/ and get a good idea of which folding arm awning would be suitable for your patio area.

2 – Fixed Guide Style

With this style of awning you will find fixed guide rails that are always left in place. If the awning itself is retracted, the guide will still be visible. The material acts much like a window blind in how it rolls down along the allotted path. The upper storeys of buildings are usually a fine candidate for this type of awning, and you can find them in both manual and motorised models alike.

3 – Straight Drop Style

The straight drop style of awning is along the same lines of the verandah style discussed above. These offer a bit more versatility however, with the ability to install alongside gazebos, pergolas, and a variety of other outdoor structures as well. As you might have guessed from the name, straight drop awnings are pulled straight down when you want to use them. They can be spring loaded or even geared.

4 – Automatic Style

As alluded to above, some awnings are automatic. These represent the most attractive for many home and building owners given their incredible convenience. Via remote or button control, you can slide the awnings along guides to allow for greater precision with your shading. There are a number of lengths available, meaning there is likely a model out there to fit any window you have.

5 – Verandah Style

The verandah style awnings mount along the upper edges of verandahs, decks, or patios. They can be lowered or raised in a fashion that corresponds to the sun’s current position, allowing plenty of control over glare reduction. The will also serve as wonderful places to find shelter from light precipitation! Given their somewhat more old-school construction, verandah awnings are operated with a rope and pulley system.

6 – Drop Arm Style

Drop arm awnings pull over doors or windows and always remain a ninety degree angle. This allows fabric that is always perfectly taut despite how far the awning might be dropped down. While some models do offer manual controls, you will usually find motorised or geared functionality.

Of course, this only scratches the surface! There are also freestanding awnings, deck and porch awnings, and other alternatives like canvas porch valances. With this information under your wing, you should be able to make a better decision when it comes to your next home or property remodel project. Whether you are aiming for more privacy, greater security, or a more energy efficient home, rest assured that there is certainly a style of awning that will be perfect for your needs.

Outdoor Blind and Awning Options

Strike a Chord with Retractable Awnings.

Retractable awnings are the best type of awning for smaller spaces – where the area may need to be utilised for multiple purposes. You can get them in motorised and manual crank versions. In a week we will doing a full write up on the different kinds of awnings available in Sydney.

5 Must Read Books in 2016

5 Books You Must Read in 2016

All About Love by Bell Hooks

We all tend to believe and are taught that love is a thing that happens to us. It something that is a completely passive but magical experience. Feminist and social activist bell hooks, in her emphatic and deeply personal All About Love, asserts that love is in fact a choice that we all need to make. She says that it isn’t nearly as elusive or abstract as so many people think. This book is an exploration of the role that love plays in our lives as well as how its meaning has been distorted by our culture. It also guides us – with examples and clear definitions – that helps us better understand how it can be cultivated. You should definitely read this book if you have wondered why some relationships crumble while others are able to endure.


Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

The American Southwest has never been more engagingly depicted than by the iconoclast author Edward Abbey. The nearly half-century old Desert Solitaire is one of the true classics when it comes to writing on the environment. Abbey, in this seminal autobiographical work, documents his time spent working as a park ranger. He also reflects on tourism, politics, culture, the landscape, as well as environmental degradation and disregard – and does it all with his own unique blend of vivid description, charm and orneriness. Desert Solitaire, set in Abbey’s beloved Southwest, brashly and movingly captures the true essence of America’s outdoors, along with complete disdain for anyone who would dare to spoil its natural wonderment.

Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee

I was discussing books with a friend one afternoon, and was wondering how to accurately describe my experience of reading Disgrace. I was able to come up with the following: It is like a very sharp, finely crafted knife that is gently resting against your skin. From the very beginning, all of the suspense and uneasiness are there, which makes Coetzee’s use and control of spare language even more powerful. You are never able to take a deep breath until it is completely finished. The setting of the book is modern Africa, and it explores the experience of confronting deep prejudice personally. They include prejudices of race, class, sexuality and gender. Far from being a diatribe on political correctness, the novel is all about how we survive and cope as human beings. The reader is forced to reflect on what appears to be a very twisted reality at first. In this amazing novel, each of the characters attain redemption through their very souls being reshaped.

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

I recommend this book more than all others. I’m barely able to keep a copy since I am always lending it out to anybody who I think needs to have their skull blown off. It is on one level an extraordinary, creepy and engaging story of a family of circus freaks, narrated by the albino hunchback dwarf sister. At an entirely different level, this story is about belonging and identity: in terms of you own family, how do you truly define yourself? Your religion? Your body? Your culture? How do you really know who or what you truly are?

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson’s novel Gilead, set in 1956, is a letter written by John Ames, who is an elderly Reverend, to his young son. For his entire life, Ames has lived in Gilead Iowa. In the novel, the area’s history is explored through the grandfather and father of Ames – who are also ministers – yet deeply divided when it comes to concepts like the abolitionist movement, duty, and pacifism. Eventually, after the godson and namesake of Ames, John Ames Boughton returns to Gilead, old tensions are brought up and events are set into motion that disturb the formerly peaceful final days of Ames. Gilead is one of the new century’s most beautifully written novels to date, and the amazingly insightful grappling that Robinson demonstrates of mortality, faith and what makes life meaningful will resonate with readers across the entire spectrum.