Advantages and Disadvantages of Fixed and Retractable Aluminium Awnings

Aluminium awnings are often used as an entrance canopy for doors or windows to create a sheltered and dry entrance to your property or business premises.

Awnings provide shade, protection and comfort. Aluminium Awnings are hugely popular because they have several advantages over fabric awnings. They can be installed over your decks and porches and they will offer a dry and cool place where you can sit and relax. When installed over your windows, they will keep rain from entering your home or commercial space. Install them over your wooden doors and they will protect the wood from precipitation.

The best thing about Aluminium Awnings is that they will protect anything underneath them. Aluminium Awnings can be mounted on every exterior surface. They are affordable and can last decades. Better still, installing them is easy. It does not take more than a couple of hours to install an Aluminium Awning.

Aluminium Awning Basics

Aluminium Awnings are of two types – fixed and retractable. As the name itself indicates, fixed Aluminium Awnings are usually fixed in one place. Retractable models can be rolled back.

Advantages of Aluminium Awnings

Aluminium Awnings are the toughest awnings available. Unlike awnings made of fabric, they can withstand the weight of hail, snow, or sleet. Fixed Aluminium Awnings can even withstand heavy storms. In addition, Aluminium Awnings tend to be cooler underneath because they block more sunlight than fabric awnings. They may last even 50 years. Fabric awnings, on the other hand, merely provide protection from sunlight. You will have to fold them up when you expect precipitation.

Aluminium Awnings are a cost-effective way to provide protection and shade for any area around your property. Aluminium Awnings can reduce your cooling costs. As they block extra heat, the temperature inside your home will be relatively lower. This will reduce your cooling costs during the hot summer months.

You can also use Aluminium Awnings for your carports. They provide protection to your car and you do not have to spend a lot of money on building a garage.

Fixed Aluminium Awnings vs. Retractable Aluminium Awnings

Fixed Aluminium Awnings do not require much maintenance. Once they are in place, you can usually keep them there for decades. You only have to rinse them once or twice a year. Also, when you install fixed Aluminium Awnings, you do not have to worry about the material warping, stretching or bowing. A fixed Aluminium Awning will do its job for decades without worry.

Retractable Aluminium Awnings are more versatile. However, they cost more than fixed Aluminium Awnings. While you can forget about your fixed awnings after you install them you have to roll back retractable awnings whenever the forecast predicts heavy storms. They cannot withstand heavy winds. In addition, retractable awnings take more time to open or close than fabric awnings. Aluminium Awnings with an automatic retracting system are even more expensive.

Fixed Aluminium Awnings are stationary, but sunlight is not. During the cold winter months, when you cannot get enough sunlight, you will probably want to retract them. If you have a retractable awning, this is easy. You can roll it out again when you need protection from sun or rain. On the flip side, retractable Aluminium Awnings are not available in a large number of colours or styles.

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