Everything you need to know about finding a Fixed Awning Supplier
As more and more homes are built with no eaves to keep the sun at bay, many people are finding fixed awnings to be the answer to a no-hassle way of keeping harmful UV rays out. These permanent fixtures are considered secondary roof structures and as such should be carefully chosen to suit the building.
What is a Fixed Awning?
This type of awning is reliable and simple because it has no mechanisms to go wrong. A fixed awning consists of a sail track fixed to the wall around a window or door at the top end, under side. With the straight version, arms extend out to hold the front at the correct angle and a rail holds the arms parallel. Another common design is the semi-circle, or half umbrella type They are held in place by a frame radiating out from a centre point at the wall and held in place by a half-hoop attached to the material. The valance edge can be straight or scalloped.
Fabric types include:
- The traditional striped or single coloured canvas
- Glossy PVC fabrics to help keep the awning clean
- Shade-cloth and other mesh materials can be dense or loosely woven
Rigid materials include:
- Extruded aluminium with a powdercoat finish in a variety of colours.
- Polycarbonate in a variety of degrees of transparency with high UV protection without spoiling the view. This is usually fixed in place with a stylish powder coated aluminium frame.
- Powdercoated thin steel. An alternative to aluminium, this option is usually cheaper and particularly useful in areas that are not affected by sea air.
- Copper. This interesting choice means that over time each blind will become unique as the copper oxidises. This is potentially the longest lasting material for a fixed blind to be made from.
Fixed awnings are ideal for use in difficult to maintain places like over multi-storey windows. They are also useful to provide extra shade in integrated balconies.
Choosing Fixed Awnings
There are a number of considerations to take into account when choosing the right fixed awnings for your home:
- Position: If you have one or more windows that face the east or westerly sun then a this type of no-hassle protection may well be the answer
- Price: Due to there being no moving parts, a fixed awning is a viable option because the one-off cost will be recouped in savings on air-conditioner use, fading of curtains, floors, floor coverings and furniture.
- Maintenance: Once firmly in place this type of awning is a “set and forget” variety that may need to be hosed down every few years, but should last for many seasons.
Getting the right fixed awning for your home is not as difficult as you may think. All it requires is a phone call to one or more suppliers or manufacturers and they will make all the arrangements. A consultant will take all the necessary measurements and the awnings will be made up to your colour and depth specifications. All that is left to do is for your fixed awnings to be professionally installed.