Welcome to our ultimate guide to awnings. Read on for some great advice on choosing an awning, installation and set up as well as cleaning tips.
What is an awning?
In its simplest form, an awning is a sheet of canvas or other material that is stretched across a frame to provide shade from the sun or protection from the rain.
How can I benefit from an awning?
A garden awning can increase the comfort levels of a seating area by making it a location suited to all weathers. It can shield you from harsh sunlight but also keep you dry in the rain, allowing you to extend the time spent outside.
You can also transform your planting options by introducing more shade. Shade-loving plants like ferns become a viable option when you can easily block out the strong midday sun.
What types of awning are there?
By our simple definition, an awning could be interpreted as anything that provides shade or shelter on a frame; this could include gazebos, marquees and shade sails. For this guide, however, we’re going to be talking about mounted patio awnings. This is typically what we think of when we say an awning and is the variety you may often associate with shop windows, cafes and coffee houses.
What kinds of mounted awning are there?
There are a lot of things you can consider when selecting a mounted awning. Size, material, special qualities like waterproof material of extra UV protection but the first way we categorise our awnings is how they retract.
Full cassette -this means that when the awning is retracted, all of the material will be concealed in the cassette case.
Half cassette – this means that when the awning is retracted, only the back of the sheet will be concealed in the cassette case.
Standard – this means that the awning will simply roll up on retraction, without being held in a cassette case.
How do I fit a mounted awning?
The preparation for installing an awning can usually be completed by one person. You will, however, require assistance when lifting the awning into position.
You can install most of our standard awnings by following the basic instructions below. For specific instructions, you can find the required PDfs here: https://www.primrose-awnings.co.uk/instructions.php
- Step ladder
- Tape measure
- Pencil or sharpie for marking the wall
- Screwdriver (optional for starting screws off)
Basic installation guide:
- Determine the position of your awning on the wall. It’s best to position it between 8 and 11 feet off the ground. Bear in mind that the awning will extend out at a diagonal so the furthest end will be lower than the starting height.
- Measuring out the awning and mark the position on your wall for where the brackets will be positioned.
- Drill holes for fixing your brackets to the wall. Be sure to drill into brick and not the mortar as this will be too weak. Most awnings will only need 8 holes to be drilled with 4 on each side (large awnings may require more holes to be drilled)
- Attach your wall brackets.
- Lift the main awning into position and fix to the bracket. This is the step you should never attempt on your own and is best done with assistance.
- Slowly extend the awning out to ensure everything operates correctly.
- Enjoy your awning!
Extending your awning when it’s raining will do a lot of the hard work for you but it’s good to give a regular clean once every 6 months or so. This will keep it looking fresh and new but will also help prolong its lifespan. With a step ladder you can clean your awning in 4 easy steps:
- Use a long-handled broom or brush to remove any debris from the awning fabric.
- Use a simple solution of washing up liquid and water in a spray bottle to lightly soak your awning fabric and brush with a soft brush.
- Rinse off with a hose and leave the awning extended to dry naturally in the air.
- Use a cloth and some of the liquid solution to clean the cassette casing.
Do awnings need planning permission?
Residential properties generally do not require planning permission to install an awning. Commercial properties such as cafes and shops will usually need permission, however.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this ultimate guide to all things awning!