Pergolas and Awnings
Pergolas and awnings are two different things. Pergolas are usually permanent structures in your outdoor space such as your garden. They offer you shade when it is too sunny and allow you to enjoy the sun when you can. Often complimented with furniture so that you and your family can sit and enjoy the weather.
They are usually constructed from wood, metal, or composite materials. The latest and most modern trend is the installation of Aluminium pergolas which are considered to be far more durable and long lasting.
Awnings on the other hand are covers or supplemental roofs which can be extended from and over many structures such as your shop’s roof, patio, deck, pergolas, etc. Combine your pergola with an awning and you can enjoy extra shade and protection from weather conditions. A Pergola Awning will also enhance the aesthetic appeal of your pergola and therefore your outdoor space.
Awning types and their benefits
Awnings can be prepared from different materials such as canvas, wood, metal, vinyl, etc. Historically, different fabrics were used to make these covers. Modern awnings however can even be retractable and motorized for easy operation. They can even be prepared from metal and be completely motorized.
Retractable awnings for Pergolas
Many people prefer awnings which would allow them to enjoy direct sunlight when they want or protect them from the sun when they like. A retractable pergola awning provide you with this option. They can retract into a wall-mounted and neat cassette any time you want. The operation can either be automatic or manual.
The former is known as motorised/automatic retractable awnings. Awnings are highly suitable for areas with light showers but they should not be considered a rain shelter. These awnings are usually closed when they are not needed, protecting the fabric from damage and extreme weather.
Fixed Awnings for Pergolas
Fixed awnings are installed when permanent protection is required from extreme heat, blistering sunlight or rain showers. These awnings are usually manufactured from high-quality durable fabrics which can easily withstand extreme weather conditions. They have fixed poles in their front for providing durability and extra support.
What are awnings made of?
Vinyl /Composite Awnings
Vinyl or composite awnings are waterproof which makes them an excellent choice for covering your pergolas and other outdoor spaces. They are often used by homes and businesses. They are also non-flammable and therefore highly safe.
Acrylic awnings repel water but are not entirely waterproof. They are not suitable for regions which experience torrential rains. However, they do well in humid regions as they can resist mildew.
Some natural materials such as wood and canvas can also be used for preparing pergola awning. Although they give a much higher aesthetic value to awnings, they are sensitive materials and can be easily damaged. They are not practical for regions with extreme weather conditions.
Metallic awnings are highly durable. They can easily protect against torrential rains, strong winds, fire, etc. They may suffer from rusting but this can be avoided if a metal like aluminium is used. They do require regular maintenance.
Awnings can be integrated with different accessories such as heating units and led lights. The lights can help you in creating a highly aesthetic and unique outdoor space. The heating unit can keep you warm when you want to enjoy an evening outdoors.
Motorised/automatic awnings come with very useful features including light, rain, and wind sensors. These can automatically extend or retract your awnings when the weather demands it. For instance, wind sensors will sense if the wind is too strong and protect your awning by automatically retracting it. Light sensors will sense sunshine and protect your room from sunlight by extending your awning.
Benefits of Pergola Awnings
- Warmth: Awnings can retain 10 to 20% of heat even after the sun has gone down.
- Whether shielding: protect your outdoor furniture from the weather.
- Privacy: You can make your Aluminium Pergolas more private by installing an awning.
- Protection: Enjoy the shade when it gets too sunny.
- Water-resistant: Awnings can keep your pergolas and your pergola furniture dry even when it is raining.
- Increased aesthetics: A pergola with curtains and awnings will enhance the aesthetic value of your outdoor space.
- Simplicity: motorized awnings will keep operation simple.