Homes that game with a substantial garden are highly desirable and many people want the option to spend more of their time out of doors, upping the outdoor indoor ratio of their homes. Garden awnings are a staple of modern outdoor life, offering a covering that makes your outdoor space more flexible. Enjoying the sunshine and want to have uninterrupted sun? Great, you can retract your awning to get more sun. Need some shade? Simply fold the awning back out again and you will get the shade you need.

If you want to spend more time out of doors, this is a great ambition to have. Going outside has been linked to better mental health and spending time outside is very important for everyone. An awning can certainly help you with this and has become a desirable home improvement product for this very reason. As well as giving you the opportunity to be outside and get more fresh air in your own garden space, an awning is an attractive addition also. There are many different types of awning fabric to choose from, which you’ll be able to see in a catalogue. An awning supplier will be able to tell you more about the different aesthetic options available to you.

What type of awning should you choose if you want to improve your garden?

There are various awning types on the market in the UK. If you’ve not explored these products before, you might be wondering which type you should choose. With such a vast amount of choice, you can select the type that is most suited to your lifestyle and personal preferences. Pick the colour and the design you like, and look at the different types of functionality.

One of the main choices to make is whether you want a retractable awning. Many people opt for these over a permanent awning because they can be folded in and out at will. If this is something that’s important to you and you want full flexibility over your outdoor living space, then a retractable awning is most definitely for you. Should you choose to have a retractable awning installed, you then also need to choose the type of cassette you want to have. A full cassette will give the awning the most protection when it’s not extended, but actually, not all awnings will need this degree of protection. It mainly depends on what is above it and whether this is likely to protect it, such as a balcony or a ledge. If the awning might not be well protected, a full cassette will cover it over, preventing the material getting damp and damaged.

Better outdoor living with an awning

Awnings are generally installed over a patio or seating area to give shelter and protection where it’s needed the most. This creates a designated seating area, or improves a pre-existing one like a patio. You’ll have the perfect space to relax, entertain and enjoy the outdoors, with a perfect outlook over your garden.