Spring and days that get longer make us relive the desire to spend time on the balcony or terrace, to do it at best we need the awnings. Perfect for creating shaded areas, these accessories not only protect us from the sun’s rays, but also give greater freshness to the rest of the house. But how can you choose the best one on the market? If you also do not know which model to opt for, you just have to read our guide on how to choose awnings, both in the case of balcony and terrace.
Choose the awnings according to the fabric
Leroy Merlin / Boxed drop awning – € 229.00.
One of the main features of the awnings for balconies and terraces is the fabric. Therefore, before proceeding with the purchase of your outdoor awning, it is important to know the different types of textures; as, in addition to protecting us from the sun, they must resist the wind, rain and cold of winter.
Because, let’s face it, the awnings all torn and parades give a sense of neglect and sloppiness to the outdoor space, even in the case of an optimally furnished and cared for terrace.
Leroy Merlin / Drop awning with roller – € 49.90.
As for fabrics, cotton is not highly recommended because it is too delicate and, especially in winter, it would not resist cold and rain. In addition, this fabric due to moisture is often prone to mold. Therefore, the advice is to prefer synthetic textures, preferably waterproof and easy to clean.
The best is the micro perforated fabric as it filters about 94% of the sun’s rays and, in addition, it can survive any atmospheric agent.
Tempotest / Two-tone drop awning with vertical stripes.
If you are looking for one cheap awning, then you can opt for those in polyester, or again, for those in acrylic fabric, which we can define as a sort of middle ground between the previous ones.
Structure of awnings
Gibus / Scrigno model awning.
Even the choice of awning structure is critical. This must necessarily be strong and sturdy, to counter the wind and to prevent the tent fabric from tearing and coming off.
To keep the entire structure intact, even during the cold season when it is less used, the advice is to always keep it closed and, above all, covered.
Tempotest / One color awning.
There are some types on the market with a rigid protective casing, designed specifically for the winter season.
Choose awnings based on color
Tempotest / Dark brown striped awning.
It will seem trivial, but also there choice of color is important in the awnings. It is not just an aesthetic fact, because choosing a dark shade instead of a light one can compromise the degree of protection of the awning.
In fact, darker colors offer superior protection, as they tend to absorb UV rays and create a greater shadow area; while the curtains in light and pastel colors instead of rejecting the rays filter them, creating greater brightness even inside your apartment.
Gibus / Drop awning with decoration, Impero model.
Our advice is to opt for darker curtains in case of a well exposed house, while light colors are preferable in case of a small apartment and, consequently, not very bright.
Leroy Merlin / Motorized square bar awning – € 299.00.
Last thing to know, but not least in the choice of awnings, is that before installing them it is necessary to evaluate whether certain permits are necessary, especially in the case of condominiums.
This is because the curtains must respect the aesthetics of the building, as well as all the safety regulations in force. Also, before buying your outdoor tent, make sure that they are in compliance and comply with European regulations.