Types of awnings: A guide to choosing for balconies and terraces

Feb 2, 2024 | Awnings, Blog

There are many types of awnings to choose from, each characterized by specific technical elements and advantages in terms of comfort, aesthetics, and savings. There isn’t one type of awning that is objectively better than others, but there are types of awnings that are better suited for specific needs. Here are the types of awnings available on the market for awnings!

Awnings: types

There are several types of awnings, but they all provide shade from natural light by creating shade when needed. The installation of an awning allows the creation of shaded areas inside homes without the need to lower blinds or shutters, while still maintaining visibility towards the outside.

Furthermore, choosing the best awning for your home contributes to improving its energy efficiency. In fact, the shade created by awnings can cool the interior without the need to turn on air conditioning or fans. Conversely, on cold days once closed, it is possible to make use of the sun’s heat in a natural way without necessarily increasing the heating

Awnings with extendable arms: ideal for large terraces

Extendable arm awnings are closed awnings that take up little space, as they are completely concealed in the cassette. Once opened, they can extend to their maximum permitted length to provide shaded areas of different sizes as required. This is why they are particularly suitable for large terraces.

Among Gaviota’s extendable arm awnings you have a choice:

Drop-down awnings: perfect for privacy on balconies

Drop-down awnings are fixed at the top and open downwards, creating a vertical ‘drop’. They offer maximum privacy and are suitable for balconies and in all those facades with integrated glass windows.

Gaviota’s drop-down awnings include:

Horizontal awnings: solutions for gardens and courtyards

Unlike vertical awnings, horizontal awnings are designed to extend laterally, providing horizontal coverage to protect outdoor spaces from excessive sun. Horizontal awnings are screens designed for gardens, courtyards and large terraces as they fit into any space, even large ones.

Among horizontal awnings from Gaviota you will find:

The different types of awning materials

Awnings are available in many different materials that give a home a specific style. Classic or modern, they match the design of exteriors and interiors.

Among the most common materials used for the manufacture of awnings, aluminium stands out for its lightness and resistance to corrosion. Aluminium awnings are durable and ideal for weather resistance. On the other hand, fabric awnings offer a variety of design and colour options, allowing for greater customisation. Fabrics such as acrylic are popular for their UV and rain resistance. Other materials, such as PVC, are waterproof and offer protection against rain and weather.

The choice of material often depends on the specific needs of the user, the climate and the desired aesthetic appearance of the outdoor space.

Motorized or manual awnings?

Awnings can be motorized or manual. Motorized awnings, equipped with advanced control systems, offer undeniable advantages in terms of convenience. The ability to adjust them via remote control, light sensors or even mobile apps allows instant adaptation to weather conditions or individual preferences without having to lift a finger. In addition, motorized awnings can contribute to home security by simulating the presence of people when occupants are away from home. However, it is important to consider the cost associated with these solutions and the need for regular maintenance to ensure their longevity.

On the other hand, manual awnings offer a more affordable alternative. Their installation is simpler and the lack of complex electronic components reduces the likelihood of mechanical failure in the long run. For those who prefer a more direct approach to shade control, manually adjusting the opening and closing of awnings can be a significant advantage. The simplicity of manual awnings also translates into less maintenance, making them a reliable choice over time.

How to choose the right awning?

Several aspects must be considered when choosing the right awning for your home. First of all, it is important to establish the main purpose of the awning, whether it serves to provide shade on a balcony, patio, garden or pool area. In addition, the location where it will be installed plays a key role: window awnings differ considerably from those designed for outdoor spaces such as terraces or pergolas.

The material of the awning is another crucial factor to consider. It must be UV-resistant and waterproof, the material must be durable and of good quality.

As for the type of awning, there are several options available, as we have seen. The choice should fit the specific needs and available space.