Everything you need to know about finding an Awning Business
Awnings are mounted outside the home above a window, door or even patio area. Their purpose is to reduce the amount of sunlight and heat that enters the home, thereby making the home more comfortable and reducing the risk of furniture and curtains fading.
Types of Awnings
Awnings can be horizontal or vertical in shape, retractable or fixed, and can be either see-through or fully opaque, depending on the situation. Retractable awnings have one side fixed to the wall and it can be extended or retracted when needed using a manually or electronically operated control. Fixed awnings have one side affixed to the wall with the other sides permanently supported by a metal framework.
In terms of functionality you have the following options in terms of types:
- Drop Arm
- Straight Drop
Because awnings are situated outside, the fabric that they are made from needs to stand up to different weather conditions, from full sun to rain. The fabric used in awnings comes in a range of patterns and colours and should come treated to help prevent mildew and rotting.
A dedicated awning supplier will be able to advise you on the best type of awning for your needs.
How Much Do Awnings Cost?
The cost of an awning will be typically be comprised of materials, accessories and the labour for installation. The size of your awning is another major factor in determining overall cost. When reviewing costs remember that durable mould resistant fabrics and materials featuring adjustable designs will generally cost more. This is especially true of motorised options. Standard sized off the shelf awnings may cost less than $500, with custom versions considerably in excess of this figure. Why not get at least three quotes from suppliers to ensure you get an idea of the range of prices out there?