In Australia, you simply have to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle. This is a country that is blessed with many hours of sunshine and this frequently prompts people to move outside of their house after they get home from work or at weekends. Yet as nice as it is to feel that warmth on your skin, you also need to protect yourself against harmful UV rays. In order to enjoy the brightness of the sun and provide your household with a pleasant outdoor experience, how could a new set of awnings help you?
Protection and Light
The first thing to remember about awnings is that they are specifically made to absorb the majority of harmful UV radiation. They have UVA and UVB absorbers built into the fabric and the protection is equivalent to sunscreen with a rating of 50. Nevertheless, they transmit plenty of light, even though they hold back the radiation. In short, you can get the best of both worlds when you fit the latest specification of awning.
The next thing you need to consider is your location, in relation to prevailing weather conditions. If you're lucky enough to live in a waterside home, then you should probably treat the framework and moving parts of the awning with extra corrosion protection. This will mitigate the potentially harmful effects of sea salt. If, on the other hand, you live in an area that is prone to strong winds, then you should choose a product that is supported on all sides and has additional strengthening posts to keep the front profile of the awning intact.
In most parts of the country it is possible to enjoy the outdoor life year-round. However, the angle and subsequent power of the sun will be very different in winter as compared to summer. It's a good idea, therefore, to get an automated awning, so that you can change its position in relation to the sun, as well as make adjustments for windy days.
Adding the Extras
For those days when it is just a little chilly, perhaps you should consider adding a row of miniature infrared heaters to the external frame of the awning? You could add a special extension to this front row that you can deploy when the sun is low to the horizon and would otherwise be "in the eyes" of your guests. While you're at it, add some LED mood lighting, which you can also turn up and down at will, for the perfect finishing touch.
Tailoring for Your Space
Look at the latest range of awnings by talking with your dealer, to see which is best for your outdoor haven.