Canopy awnings are a great solution for people looking to provide shelter in large outdoor areas such as porches and patios. Hence its a popular sight among most homes and commercial establishments throughout the country. That said, you do have to consider a few things if only to ensure that you end up with one that best suits your needs. When dealing with such a large exterior treatment, errors can be costly and are well worth avoiding from the start.
Setting it up
One of the first things that you need to consider before buying canopy awnings in Sydney is the installation process. For one thing you need to make sure that you are allowed to install such an awning in your area. You may need to secure a permit from the city council or the building committee. There may be limitations to the colour, design and dimensions of your canopy outdoor awning although such restrictions are fairly rare.
Now as for the actual installation process, you would want to consider the weight of your canopy awning which can be quite significant. The sections where you plan to affix it should be structurally sound and accessible. Whilst you can certainly opt to install the awning yourself, getting a professional on the job is certainly recommended.
Canopy awnings can be made from a wide range of materials – vinyl, fabric, plastic, etc. Prices differ along with the quality so plan accordingly. If your area is prone to heavy rainfall then you’d want to consider getting something that is strong enough to bear the weight of pooling water. Fabric awnings cost less but are not very durable and bound to fade over a couple of years.
Select a canopy awning that complements the rest of your property in terms of colour and design. You can choose from a retractable design or a static one whichever suits your preference. For added convenience, you can opt for a motorised unit that you can operate remotely albeit at a higher cost.
Canopy awnings don’t require much in the way of maintenance apart from the occasional cleaning. If you’ve opted for a retractable unit then it would be best to clean and dry it out before folding it in place. With proper maintenance, a good set of canopy awnings can last 5 to 10 years on average.
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