What to consider when purchasing a Retractable Awning

Patio awnings are great for adding value to your property or business and can transform your outdoor living space.  However,  before purchasing an awning there are some things  that you need to consider: 

1)Right Size: It sounds obvious. However, when purchasing a retractable awning, getting the right size is crucial and can be more difficult than you think, as the sun’s position moves throughout the day. That’s why our team of surveyors will provide expert advice in making sure your awning is a perfect size and the correct angle for your patio area. Making sure your awning is the right size, will provide you with adequate shading, whilst also extending your outdoor living space. 

2) Weather conditions: The weather can be extremely erratic here in the UK, so you need to consider whether your awning can be suitable for use all year round. We strongly advise investing in a built-in wind sensor. Rigby’s retractable Patio awnings are equipped with intelligent wind sensors, the sensors pick up on vibrations and retract automatically protecting your awning for long-term use. 

3) Design:  Getting the design right is important! With over 100 different designs to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice at Rigby’s. Our free site surveys allow you to touch, feel and compare different fabric samples ensuring the awning is suitable for you and your home. If you are going to invest in a commercial awning for your business it should match your companies identity. Rigby’s retractable awnings can be personalised with different colours, logos and fonts that best represent your company and brand.  

4) Functionality: Retractable patio awnings are generally used to provide a shading solution, whilst adding some extra privacy to your garden. Rigby’s patio awnings are engineered to provide protection from light rain showers, however, are not designed to provide shelter from heavy rainfalls. You may want to consider investing in additional features such as  LED lights and wind sensors, so you can make the most out of your awning.

5) Operation: Our patio awning range offers both manual and electric options, for ease and convenience we recommend an electric awning so you can operate your awning comfortably with a touch of a button. Electric awnings can also be equipped with integrated weather systems which are important for when you consider the main functionality of your patio awning. 

To find out more about our awnings please click the link:  Awnings. Or if you would like to receive expert advice or a free quotation please do not hesitate to contact us by completing our contact form or call us on 0208 868 7899.