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Wooden awnings

Are you fawning for a new type of awning? Looking for something that wood make your garden stand out? Well, Primrose is here to cover you once again. We’re delighted to roll out our stunning range of new wooden awnings.

After being inspired by the traditional store front awnings on our research trips around London, we developed this collection of DIY wooden awnings exclusive to Primrose.

The new look

The full wooden cassette, which protects the awning canopy from the elements when retracted, is supported by black powder-coated steel arms and chain.

With a wooden casing, these awnings have a look that harkens back to traditional design and craftsmanship. They have a distinct, tactile feel, bringing a level of class to your garden that sets them apart from the regular awnings.

Why wooden?

As our awnings buyer says, ‘Wooden awnings would add a nice touch of character to the garden compared to normal metal casings. The beauty of the softwood cassette will complement the surroundings.’

Wood awnings specs

The specs

The wood frame is crafted from Scots pine, a softwood which will age gracefully when left exposed to the elements. It has been treated against rot and decay so will last for years to come. Made using only FSC certified timber, a guaranteed sustainable supply.

The awning fabric is waterproof and has UPF 50+ protection, so will shelter you come rain or shine. It is available in ivory and charcoal colours. All our wooden awnings also come with a detachable valance.

Wood cassette awnings

George at PrimroseGeorge works in the Primrose marketing team. As a lover of all things filmic, he also gets involved with our TV ads and web videos.

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Do Awnings Need Planning Permission

The need for planning permission is a concern for many considering an awning for their home or business property. We’ve shared some simple advice below to help you work out whether your project will require permission. It’s worth sharing your plans with your local authority if you are in doubt, and be aware that it generally takes between 4 and 5 weeks to get approval.

Do awnings need planning permission?

For residential buildings, generally awnings do not require planning permission. Commercial properties like shops usually need full planning permission as they may extend into public areas or cause health and safety issues. Branded awnings must also pass advertising regulations.

Residential awnings

One of the general rules for planning regulations is that if you aren’t creating a usable space then you don’t need permission. The exception would be if the awning extends over or encroaches on your neighbour’s boundary. When planning where your awnings will go, it’s also worth bearing in mind any rain that might potentially run off into your neighbour’s property. It’s always best to spot issues like these in advance!

If your property is a listed building, however, or you live in a conservation area, then you may require approval. Speak to your local authority about your plans before beginning any installation.

Commercial awnings

In most cases a business will require full planning permission to install an awning on their property. Clearly this is necessary for high street buildings like shops or cafés where the awning would extend over the pavement and pedestrians. There are also various regulations to do with health and safety when members of the public use the property. The key is to always check with the planning department of your local authority as policies do vary.

If you are replacing an awning on your commercial property, then you do not generally require new planning permission as long as the replacement is like-for-like. Otherwise, you will need to get full permission once more.

Most businesses, especially shops, will want to feature branding and logos on their awnings. Since the canopy will be on public view, this usually falls under advertising regulations and will also require approval from the relevant authority.

Primrose Awnings offers a wide range of patio awnings that are easy to fit in residential homes, as well as bespoke commercial awnings. Please contact customer service if you need any advice about choosing your awning.

George at PrimroseGeorge works in the Primrose marketing team. As a lover of all things filmic, he also gets involved with our TV ads and web videos.

George’s idea of the perfect time in the garden is a long afternoon sitting in the shade with a good book. A cool breeze, peace and quiet… But of course, he’s usually disturbed by his energetic wire fox terrier, Poppy!

He writes about his misadventures in repotting plants and new discoveries about cat repellers.

See all of George’s posts.