Retractable Patio Awnings

During the summer months when your patio is likely to get used the most, you also have the problem of very hot, sunny days making things uncomfortably hot and sticky for the people using it. One great way to create an area of cool shade is by fitting retractable patio awnings.

These are a wonderful addition to your outdoor space and make a cool oasis for hot sun bathers to gather beneath when they've had more of the sun's rays than they want.

So how do you go about buying these canopies? Where can you get them from? How much do they cost? Can they be installed by you or do you need to use a professional installation firm to do the work?

These questions and more will be answered in this article as well as outlining the many benefits they will bring to your special private place in the sun!

To Buy Retractable Patio Awnings

These can usually be purchased in any of the larger hardware superstores that you find out of town or they can be bought direct from specialist manufacturers who provide their own delivery and installation service. You can also go online and find a wealth of suppliers that will similarly deliver to your door and arrange for installation if needs be.

Their Cost

Costs vary enormously from make to make and also depending upon the size, level of quality and whether it is motorized or manually operated. What will also affect the overall cost is whether you install the awning yourself or pay for professional installers to do it for you.

In that case, the cost of installation will be affected by certain factors such as:

  • The size of the awning and its housing
  • The difficulty level of the actual fitting
  • Whether the location is easy or difficult to access

and other such factors.


You can install most types of outdoor canopy yourself if you have the skills and are confident in your ability to make a good job of it. However, if you are a little uncomfortable with the prospect of fitting something you just paid a lot of money for, it would be far better to spend a little more and have the professionals install it for you.

Types of Patio Awning

There are several different types of these that you can opt for depending upon your requirements. You will need to take into account the size of your outdoor space and how much of it you intend to set aside for the covered area.

You will also need to factor in the cost of purchase as well as installation if you are not confident that you can install it yourself.

There are several different materials that can be used for the canopy, fittings and housing. You can have patio awnings constructed of aluminum, or canvas and of course the traditional wooden style.

As for the retractable canopy type, there are the motorized type sometimes referred to as electric awnings, some are manually operated and some can be automatically operated. There are specialized canopies for pergolas, gazebos, freestanding types and even one for a carport!

So there's plenty to choose from and more styles and designs than you can shake a stick at. But whichever type you finally settle on, you'll be sure to have greatly improved the look, feel and attraction of your own personal outdoor space.

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