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Finding the Perfect Awning Size for Your Home

When it comes to enhancing the beauty and functionality of your outdoor space, an awning can be a fantastic addition. Awnings not only provide shade and protection from the elements but also add a touch of style to your home’s exterior. Choosing the right size awning is crucial to ensure it fits your specific needs and complements the architectural aesthetics of your property. In this article, we will guide you through the process we undertake to help you determine the perfect awning size for your home.

Assess Your Space:

The first step is to assess the area you want to cover. This is measured in width and projection. The width is the horizontal placement, while the projection is the distance the awning extends outward from the wall. These measurements need to be carefully recorded as they will form the basis for your decision-making. Generally, as a rule awnings are sized as follows:

Width

The width of the awning is measured from one end of cassette to the other. However, the fabric itself will be narrower by approximately 170mm-220mm (depending on the model) to fit within the cassette casing. To ensure effective sun protection for both the area beneath the awning and the adjoining internal room, it is recommended that the awning extends beyond the doors or windows it covers by at least 0.5m (50cm) on each side, resulting in an overall extension of 1m (100cm) greater than the door/window it is covering. This compensates for the sun’s movement throughout the day, as it rises in the East and sets in the West.

Projection

The depth, or projection, of the patio awning refers to the extension of the folding arms. A greater depth provides more shelter for the outdoor space and increased shade for the indoor space, especially during low winter sun. The desired projection of the awning depends on the intended use of the outdoor area. A 2.5m projection is sufficient for a small-sized table, whereas a minimum projection of 3m is recommended for families with larger tables or those who frequently entertain. For more expansive shade requirements multiple awnings can be seamlessly connected to give greater width.

Consider how it will be used:

Next, envision utilising your awning (such as outdoor dining or providing internal shade). By visualising a potential lifestyle change, you can better identify the type of awning that suits your requirements. This step is crucial as sizes differ among models and brands, which in turn can have contrasting levels of performance in areas such as:

·          UV protection (Blocking harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, for health reasons, or to avoid furniture, flooring, and other interior elements fading)

·          Energy efficiency (Lowering indoor temperatures and reducing the need for air conditioning during hot spells)

·          Rain protection (Awnings using high-quality waterproof materials will keep you dry during persistent rain and have self-cleaning properties)

·          Privacy (Shielding balconies or terraces from direct view)

·          Greater flexibility (Smart awnings automatically adjust canopies according to user needs and conditions)

Consider the Sun’s Path:

The sun’s path throughout the day is another aspect to consider when deciding the awning size. It is important to consider the timing of the sun’s rays and temperature fluctuations. The sun reaches its highest point and UV rays are strongest between 10 am and 3 pm. In winter, the sun is lower in the sky, but it rises earlier and sets later during the summer months. If you primarily want to create shade, evaluate the sun’s angle and intensity at different times to determine the optimal projection. Adjustable or retractable awnings can adapt to changing needs throughout the day and seasons. The presence of fences, walls, and flora can also affect shade and sun exposure. Also keep in mind the slope of the awning required for rain run-off. After-all a key reason for having an awning is to spend more time outside throughout the whole year!

Design Elements:

The design elements of the awning, such as size, colour, shape, and texture, can affect the way it interacts with natural light, shadows, and patterns. These factors not only contribute to the aesthetics but also influence the comfort and usability of the covered space.

Integration with the Surrounding Environment:

Size matters when determining the desired location for your awning. The positioning of fixtures affects the awning’s projection distance and tilt angle. These can be wall, roof, or ceiling mounted. The objective is to achieve a seamless blend with the surrounding environment, which may require the use of extension brackets to bring the awning forward of gutters and climbing roses, ensuring it does not appear out of place or disrupt the overall aesthetics.

Consult a Professional:

If you’re unsure about the size or have unique requirements, consider consulting a professional awning supplier and installer. They can visit your property, analyse the space, and provide expert recommendations tailored to your needs.

In conclusion, choosing the right size awning involves a thoughtful evaluation of your space, objectives, and aesthetic preferences. A professional awning supplier will consider the whole area including where the fixtures are best placed, take accurate measurements of the area, consider the type of awning, and assess the width and projection carefully. By doing so, you’ll be able to find the perfect awning size that not only meets your practical needs but also enhances the beauty and comfort of your outdoor living space.


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