Making the correct choice for your Residential awning

Residential awnings can provide numerous benefits; the type of awning you buy will depend upon your aesthetic priorities or practical need – you may need an awning for a number of reasons these could be:

  • For solar control to reduce heat gain for example in a child’s nursery
  • To protect valuable furnishings from the effects of fading
  • To provide an area for al-fresco entertainment.
  • To create an ambience of outdoor living.
  • In some cases you will want an awning to protect from inclement weather.

In each of these circumstances it is important that the correct type of awning is specified to avoid disappointment or potential mis-use.

For example, a standard modern retractable awning may only be suitable for use up to a fairly low wind speed and would not be appropriate for an application in a windy location or where you might want to extend the awning in bad weather. In this case you should specify an all weather awning, we are accredited suppliers and installers of the highly regarded range by Pratic of Italy.

For a contemporary home an aluminium framed folding awning may be appropriate; this can be manually or electrically operated and, if electric, should be protected by an anemometer which automatically retracts the awning when the wind exceeds a specific speed.

If your home is of a traditional nature, then you may consider one of the traditional Victorian awnings which we still manufacture in our workshops  from traditional hard woods with components of accurately replicated steel and cast iron.


The latest awning fabrics are made from polyester which benefits from a nano technology  based fibre surface which looks like traditional canvas but in fact sheds water and water born dust remarkably well.


Most awnings are now electrically operated and it is advised that they are controlled by an anemometer wind sensing device. Where it is important to reduce heat through solar gain then a sun sensor is also an option.


It is important that installation is undertaken by experts and all Deans installers have undertaken the most rigorous Training under the umbrella of our Investors In People quality remit.  Our installation processes are also recognised under formal Nationally certified Health and Safety criteria.

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