Awnings are supplementary shelters mostly used with doorways and windows. These are waterproof fabric sheets that provide shelter in a rainy season or shade during a sunny day. In addition to protection from rain and direct sunlight, these are also used as cover sheets. You can use awnings as a roof of vehicle stands to protect the color of your vehicles from sun exposure and rain. Awnings are not just functional; they can also be quite decorative, with simple and flamboyant designs. But choosing perfect awnings for different locations isn't an easy task as these are available in different designs and fibers.

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Whenever you purchase awnings, first consider their material and durability. Awnings made from good quality fabric and metal frames are durable. Although high-quality awnings are expensive than other low-quality awnings, these also have various advantages such as:

Waterproof: Water-resistant awnings are made up of laminated fabrics. These laminated fabrics restrict water penetration. Woven fabrics or acrylic fabrics are also used for waterproofing.  

Easy maintenance: You can maintain awnings quality by simply washing them with cold water once a month. Apart from this regular maintenance, you can deep clean both sides of awnings once a year in most environments.

UV-blocking properties: Awnings are the best choice if you want to protect your skin from direct sunlight. These awnings feature blocking UV rays, giving you the option to sit in the sunlight.  

Doesn't fade in the sun: Awnings made from good quality fabrics are long-lasting, and their color doesn't fade in direct sunlight. So you can use them for a longer period.

Anti-rusting properties: Most of the awnings are fitted with aluminum frames. These are preferable because aluminum won't rust and is lightweight.


Different types of awnings are available in the market. So, before purchasing, you must consider the space where you will fit the awning. Because the selection of awning always depends upon the requirement of the space.

Window Awnings: A window awning is an exterior wall covering placed above a window. With this awning, your interior can remain protected from direct sun exposure while allowing natural light into the room.

Patio Awnings: These are the fabric sheets used for extending supplementary roofs in outdoor areas. At the same time, these awnings provide shelter in case of rainfall and shade in the sunlight. Patio awnings are a kind of sun setter awnings where you can enjoy the environment by sitting in the shade. 

Door Awnings: These are placed at the exterior wall above the door. They help increase the durability of doors by protecting them from rain or sun exposure. In addition to this, these also give a classy and impressive look to your entrance.

Side awnings: Mainly, side awnings are used at the garden side to give your garden an elegant and impressive look. Moreover, these provide an effective layer to side walls from heavy rainfall and direct sun exposure. Frames are used with these side awnings to fix them on the wall or a pole. You can easily fix these frames on a wall with 10-centimeter thickness. Most of these side awnings can be retracted manually. Strong springs are used to retract these awnings, adding more flexibility to their operation. These awnings are considered more long-lasting and can be easily operated.    

Operation Types

Awnings can be Stationary, Freestanding, or Retractable. You can choose according to your requirements. But first, let's know the difference between these.

Stationary Awnings: As the name suggests, stationary awnings are fixed and stable. These are placed permanently on exterior walls, especially for collecting snow. As these are fixed, the risk of their wear and tear is always there.

Freestanding Awnings: Freestanding awnings can be moved around the patio or deck. But the material of freestanding awnings doesn't provide much shade compared to stationary awnings.

Retractable Awnings: Retractable awnings give you the advantage of extending or compressing the shade according to your requirement. In addition, these are more durable than stationary awnings as you can protect retractable awnings from heavy rain and snowfall. 

Motorized Retractable Awnings: Motorized Awnings have an electric motor. You can extend or compress the shade of awnings by pressing a button. These awnings can also be used with a remote control which brings ease to the working of awnings. Some advanced awnings are also available with sensors. These sensors can automatically retract and open the awnings by detecting heavy wind, rainfall, or extreme heat.

Manual Retractable Awnings: No use of electric motors is made in manual retractable awnings. These awnings can be open or closed by hand. A Pulley-and-cord system is fitted in these awnings, making it easier to increase or decrease the shade of awnings by hand. However, these awnings require some manual energy to work but are more economical.