Five things to consider when selecting an awning
What will it look like when not in use? Remember that
awnings can be large even when retracted, and given the
British climate, they often will be!
Think about lighting. Eating outside after dark is becoming
a more regular option in the UK, thanks to awnings and
patio heaters. Some awnings come with lights fitted, others
have them as optional extras.
Does it have to be attached to the house? Free standing
awnings are mobile and give flexibility. They can, though,
be more visually intrusive when not in use.
Will you opt for a manual or an electric awning operation?
If you are considering a larger awning, think about going
electric. Remote control - easier still - is also an option
on some awnings.
Where will the (inevitable) rain go? Awnings are just
as useful in the rain as the sun, but consider where the
rain will drain to. Some awnings are shaped to ensure
that rainwater flows to the side. Shaped awnings can cost
more but are worth looking at.