Australians love the great outdoors and creating a comfortable, attractive, and functional outdoor living space is often a high priority. Installing awnings, which are sometimes called external blinds, is a great way to make your home's outdoor living space more hospitable during hot or rainy weather.
There are many different types of awnings available to choose from. However, for the ultimate in combining great aesthetics with ease of use, here are three hands-free, mechanised awnings styles that are ideal for a modern home.
1. A retractable roofing system
This type of awning is ideal for covering large areas at the touch of a button. A retractable roof means you can adjust the coverage of your outdoor living space to suit the time of year, the time of day, and the weather conditions.
Retractable roofing systems use a small electric motor to expand and retract the roofing panels. If you have a particularly large space to cover, then you may need an extra motor to adequately power the roofing system.
2. Motorised wire-guided awning
Wire guided awnings are outdoor blind panels that glide along thin stainless steel wires. They're incredibly versatile and are generally used vertically to provide shade and shelter for your outdoor living space. You can also choose between different materials, such as UV protective mesh or total block out, depending on your needs.
Wire guided awnings can be installed to operate manually, but for the ultimate in ease of use, a motorised version is perfect. Like the retractable roofing system, wire-guided awnings use a small but unobtrusive and quiet motor to power their movement.
3. Automated systems for smart blinds and awnings
Automated systems take motorised awnings and blinds to the next level. Not only can they be operated by remote control, they can also be programmed to open and close in response to the weather.
This technology means that your blinds or awnings will protect your home and outdoor living space from fierce summer heat or drenching rain, even when you're not at home. They can help you to reduce the cost of cooling your home by preventing excess sun exposure and save your outdoor furniture from becoming water damaged.
Outdoor blinds and awnings provide valuable protection from the elements for outdoor living space and will help to make it a space that can be utilised in comfort all year round. They're also a great investment both in terms of saving money on energy bills and adding to the value of your home.
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