types of folding arm awnings and why are they used

by Lolita Kotter

Whether you live in Sydney or even one of the small towns or villages – you will see folding arm awnings at quite a few places. The reasons for it are as follows:

  1. They enhance the living space
  2. They shield you from the hot sun and harmful ultraviolet rays
  3. They protect your outdoor furniture
  4. They protect the patio, balcony or even terrace from not only the sun but from unmanageable weather conditions as well.
  5. They add aesthetic appeal and architectural  beauty to the area
  6. They are cost-effective and versatile as well as do not require much maintenance
  7. You can get retractable ones, folding arm awnings of different sizes, designs as well as shapes based on your requirement.

Folding arm awnings which are seen all over Sydney do not necessarily require frames or beams or posts. They have arms that fold horizontally rather than vertically. These do not need vertical supports, and they can be installed on standard frames, or those frames that have a solid base and front rail, that way maximum stability is given to the awnings and they can stay for long hours.

These awnings usually have acrylic fabric covering them, and so they can be used in the right way, and they are more effective as well. This also allows you to use the outdoor area for the maximum time.

There are full, or semi-cassette awnings and these have the front rail which is larger and these have an integrated hood as well. These look stylish and sleek. They can also be fitted with sensors and be motorized as well. These can be procured in white or in powder coated form.

Different kinds of folding arm awnings which can be found in most cities including Melbourne and Sydney are:

  1. Full Cassette awnings – these are fully enclosed by the bottom bar and head box when retracted. Most of the tube, fabric, motor, and arms are enclosed in the head box. The rest are enclosed in the bottom bar, and the cassette is sealed completely. This is sleek, and the fabric is protected from animals and elements even when it is closed. However, these are the most expensive.
  2. Semi-Cassette awnings – In this, the arms, as well as fabric, can only be seen from under the awning. The components are protected from the elements when it is retracted, and there is more flexibility when it is placed on mounting brackets.
  3. Standard motorised retractable roof systems – these are especially seen in Sydney, and they do not have a head cassette box but have retractable arms, tube, fabric and cross bar. This however does not have a head box which protect it from the elements when it is retracted. These are the most economical and have the simplest design. The drawback however is that the components are visible when retracted and they are exposed to the elements as well. Click here for more information

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