Deans have realised that conventional awnings were being put to uses for which they were never designed and the search was on for a solution which would enable clients in the leisure industry to extend entertainment and dining areas outside in more than just the mildest of weathers.
All weather awning systems had become very popular in Italy and other south Mediterranean countries and, after some research, the first use of this type of products was at the Pizza Express Restaurant in Woking where we installed a timber framed structure to extend the outside seating and dining area with retractable triple laminate PVC roof. The great success of this project prompted the start of a successful campaign to fill a gap in the market not then covered by conventional awning systems.
The latest derivative is the “BIO-CLIMATIC” Opera and Vision free standing or wall mounted awning systems which incorporates a moving vane roof which gives complete protection from hot, wet, stormy or cold weather conditions.
The vane rotation system by electric motor allows up to 140 degrees from the horizontal so permitting complete solar control from whatever the position of the sun. Depending on size, the wind resistance of these two systems is between 7 and a massive 10 on the Beaufort scale with integrated gutters efficiently taking care of water run-off.
Many options are available including automatic climate control and integrated LED lighting with RGB colour lights and dimmer controls. The product also has provision for integrated drop down side screens which can retract completely into the frame work of the structure.
It is critical the awning is fitted accurately to ensure smooth operation and alignment and Deans installation personnel have all been trained in the Pratic factory in Italy in order to meet the high level of quality standards required.