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How to choose your awning?  – French Canada

If you want to take full advantage of your outdoor space during the summer season, you must equip it with such an effective accessory as an awning. But among the many models available on the market, how can we be sure to make the right choice? Here are a few things to keep in mind so you don’t get confused.

Stationary awning or retractable awning?

To begin with, you should know that there are mainly 2 types of awnings.

If you want to enjoy your yard all year round, you can choose a permanent and solid structure like the stationary awning. This model is attached to the house and is sturdy enough to withstand wind and weather. Indeed, the fixed awning includes aluminum poles and the whole thing is covered with an acrylic fabric or a vinyl fabric. Some models also have a waterproof canvas.

On the other hand, if you do not want a permanent structure, it is advisable to opt for a retractable awning. This model can fold and unfold according to your needs. So when the sun is at its peak, you just need to roll it out.

Note that if you choose the retractable awning, you must also choose between the manual model and the motorized one. The first has some advantages. Not only is it more affordable, but it’s also easy to install.

As for the second, it is more practical thanks to its many options (sensors that detect heat and control shading, etc.).

Standard model or custom-made?

For your garden awning, you have to choose between standard models and made-to-measure.

Standard models are available in multiple stores. On the shelves, all you have to do is choose the model you like and proceed to checkout. If you don’t want to move, you can even buy your standard awning online. The package will be delivered to your home in record time and all you have to do is assemble the structure.

This option has some drawbacks. For example, it may happen that there are missing parts and you cannot install the awning correctly. And since you’re in charge of the installation, there’s a chance you’re not going about it the right way. The structure can therefore be fragile and collapse at any time, which can cause injury.

By opting for a custom-made awning, you can avoid all these inconveniences. The structure will be perfectly adapted to the surface of your garden and you can choose the color as well as the materials used. Additionally, companies that make custom awnings may offer installation services. So you don’t have to worry about the stability and sturdiness of the awning.

As you can see, choosing your awning is not rocket science. Our last advice: before selecting any model, take the time to compare several offers in order to benefit from a good price-quality ratio.