Published on November 1st, 2021 | by Sunit Nandi


8 Factors to Consider When Choosing an Awning for Your Business or Home

Awnings are a very popular type of external shades due to the versatility of designs, very sought for in the UAE, especially Dubai & Abu Dhabi. No wonder, since the residents look for shade from the heat while retaining the ability to spend time outdoors. Businesses also often depend on good awnings as their shading solution of choice.

Awnings can be operated manually, or supplied with a motor for ease of use. They can come in a range of colours, sizes, and projections depending on the requirement. Not only are they a nice addition to your home but commercial awnings are very popular across the globe, especially in the retail industry, restaurants, cafes and other dining outlets and more. They give businesses an extra space, keep the establishment cooler during hot summers and provide shade for the visitors.

An awning can add a lot to your property by creating lounging outdoor areas protected from elements. But for an inexperienced buyer, it can be tough to decide what to look for. We are here to help!

1. Location

The first step in the process of getting an awning is to find the right location for it and consider the purpose you’re using it for. Is it to block sunlight and rain, protect the terrace or something else? This will also help you determine the size of the awning and answer other questions down the line.

2. Size

The ideal size for your awning is determined by the area you need to cover and the available space. If you’re adding awnings to windows or doors, then the size is determined by the size of the window or door (it is recommended to keep the size to about 65-75% of the window size).

Look into the outdoor area you need to protect to determine the size of your external shades. You can connect an awning to the structure and cover an adjoining outdoor area. If the area is too far from the building then consider looking into pergolas. Keep in mind, it is better to have a slightly bigger awning than one that is too small and leaves a lot of the crucial area uncovered.

3. Fabrics & Colours

Aside from the obvious aesthetic function and the matter of style compatibility with the rest of your decor, these factors also determine how much heat awnings retain. Light colours, in addition to looking fresh and inviting, trap less heat under direct sunlight which is useful in hot areas.

In terms of fabric, there are three common materials to pick from, especially for commercial awnings. The vinyl & polyester composites are long-lasting and flame-resistant which make them a preferred choice for many stores. Cotton blend canvas is also long-lasting and can look very sophisticated. Finally, acrylic fabric, which while not waterproof is resistant to mildew & UV radiation so it’s perfect for areas with hot, humid summer months.

4. Look & Feel

Aesthetics & style are very important to ensure your awning doesn’t look incompatible with the rest of your home. It should flow naturally and connect with the overall feel of the place. Some popular styles are waterfall, semi-circular, and dome-style awnings. Take time to explore different designs and find the one that fits best.

If you’re picking an awning for your business, then you can also pick a custom design that includes your brand colours and logo.

5. Functionality

Retractable awnings are a good solution for a more dynamic style, as they can be taken out only when the need arises. Non-retractable ones however could be more convenient to some property owners due to their durability. Retractable awnings can be operated manually or as motorized retractable awnings. Consider your environment and personal preferences to pick the most suitable and convenient solution.

6. Installation

It is crucial to consider how your awnings will be mounted before installing them. First of all, you need to find a sturdy place to mount them. Then you need to determine the height and the slope. The angle at which the awnings were installed has a huge impact on their performance. Look into professional awning installation services and ask them for advice, as these factors not only affect the overall performance but also present a safety concern for people walking under them.

7. Environmental Concerns

Consider the elements that the awning will be exposed to in your location. You need awnings that are designed and built for the local climate – for example, an awning designed to protect from snow and ice will not be of much use in the UAE. Requirements differ across the globe, but your local shading experts should be able to advise you about the best choice for you.

8. Accessories

Awnings can include some additional components such as lighting, speakers, fans or heaters, especially important for commercial purposes. Retractable screens can come in handy here as they can shield your customers from elements. You can also look into smart shading solutions that include wind, sun or rain sensors and tablet/smartphone controllers with timers.

As you can see, there is plenty to consider before getting an awning, so the best first step is to find the best company that manufactures & installs external & internal shades & blinds. With their local experience, they can be of tremendous help in answering all these questions and more.

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