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Balcony Awnings: How to choose the right model for you?

If you’re looking to protect your balcony or terrace from the sun, rain, or wind, an awning is the perfect solution! From the variety of awning and balcony umbrella models available on our website, you’ll discover how to make the right choice in the following lines! You will learn how to choose the model that best suits your needs for comfort and space, from the variety of retractable, fixed, or triangular balcony awnings! Ready to learn more?

Electric Awning
Outsunny 10′ x 8′ Electric Awning

The Necessity and Benefits of Balcony Awnings or Umbrellas

A balcony or terrace can be ideal spaces for relaxation and spending free time, but weather conditions can limit their use.

An efficient solution to extend the functionality of your balcony in any season is the installation of an awning. It offers protection against the sun, rain, or snow, allowing the use of the balcony or terrace regardless of the weather. Moreover, installing an awning or a balcony umbrella can significantly reduce the temperature during the summer and will lower cooling costs by directly blocking the sun’s rays. This way, you can create an additional space that can be used for relaxation or to host guests.

Additionally, the right porch awning protects outdoor furniture from weather-induced damage, thereby extending its lifespan. Another significant benefit of an awning is that it can improve the overall look of the house, adding an aesthetic plus.

Choosing the right awning is essential to maximize all these benefits. In this regard, factors such as the balcony size, the direction it faces, the material of the awning, and maintenance costs should be considered. For example, for a small, south-facing balcony, a retractable awning made from UV-resistant material that does not require regular maintenance would be suitable.

Types of Awnings for Balcony or Terrace
With Aosom, you will find a variety of terrace awnings or umbrellas available, from which you can make the right choice according to design or space needs.

Retractable Balcony Awnings
Retractable awnings are extremely versatile, offering the ability to adjust the level of shade according to preferences. Such an exterior wall roll-up is highly sought after due to its mobility, offering multiple design solutions. You will find balcony or terrace awnings in a variety of colors and sizes, so you can choose them according to your space needs. They come with multiple features such as polyester coverage for UV protection or the fact that the awning fabric can be changed if the old one is damaged. Another major advantage is the quality materials, such as polyester fabric with PU coating, which is water or fade-resistant. In addition, they are equipped with a crank to be operated effortlessly. You can place the solar roll-up awning above the window or door. They fit discreetly with the exterior due to their simple and elegant look.

Outsunny 10′ x 8′ Retractable Awning

Pergola Type Awnings for Terrace
A pergola type awning is also a suitable design solution for decorating a terrace in a minimalist or Mediterranean style. It offers shading and protection against the sun as needed. The fabric allows air circulation and lets the breeze pass underneath. In addition, the pergola awnings you find at Aosom have an excellent drainage mechanism, precisely ten holes to ensure the drainage of excess water and prevent accumulation, so as not to lead to too much weight at the top.

Outsunny 12′ x 10′ Outdoor Polycarbonate Pergola

Fixed Awnings for Small Balcony
If you want constant protection against the sun and rain, the fixed awnings from Aosom are the ideal option. They offer a high degree of protection, and the material does not deteriorate quickly and does not require frequent replacement. These are suitable for installation above balcony doors or windows, with UV protection from polycarbonate and resistance to atmospheric agents. However, one aspect to consider before purchase is that these awnings are permanent and do not allow for adjusting the shade level. For a small terrace or balcony, however, they are the perfect solution.

Outsunny 8' x 4' Non-Screw Freestanding Patio Awning
Outsunny 8′ x 4′ Non-Screw Freestanding Patio Awning

Balcony Umbrellas
If you have a small balcony or one that you use only occasionally, an exterior umbrella is an efficient and practical option. It can be easily stored when not needed, leaving more space available on the balcony.

Balcony umbrellas come in a variety of models and sizes, also offering a high aesthetic aspect. The foldable ones are easy to store when not in use, while at the same time providing sufficient protection against the sun and rain. On the other hand, fixed umbrellas are more robust and offer better protection against severe weather conditions but require permanent installation. For a small balcony or terrace, you can opt for a semi-circular umbrella model equipped with a crank, which you can use according to your needs for air or shading. This has a robust metal frame with 5 rods to support the UV-resistant polyester fabric.

Outsunny 9' 2-Tier Cantilever Umbrella
Outsunny 9′ 2-Tier Cantilever Umbrella

How to Choose the Right Awning Model for Your Balcony?

The size of the balcony, its orientation, the amount of sunlight received, and the time spent on the balcony are aspects that influence the choice of awning. For example, if the balcony is exposed to the sun for a large part of the day and you like to spend a lot of time there, it would be advisable to opt for a retractable awning, which offers flexibility and allows adjusting the level of shading.

The quality and type of material directly influence durability and aesthetic appearance. Synthetic materials, such as polyester, are weather-resistant and easy to maintain, although they may not offer the same natural appearance as natural ones, such as cotton or linen.

The purpose of the awning is also an important aspect. If the main goal is to protect outdoor furniture, then a fixed awning, with good weather resistance, would be the best choice. Consider also the budget you have available. An Aosom specialist can provide all the information you need to make the most suitable choice for your balcony or terrace.

Outsunny 12' x 10' Electric Retractable Awning
Outsunny 12′ x 10′ Electric Retractable Awning

How to Keep Your Balcony Awning in Good Condition for a Long Time
To maintain the aesthetic appearance of the awning, it is important to clean it periodically, thus effectively removing accumulated dirt and dust using a hose, a soft brush, and a mild detergent. In the case of retractable awnings, this can be avoided by simply changing the material. Don’t forget to regularly remove leaves, branches, and other objects that could damage the awning.

A regular inspection will help you identify any signs of deterioration, including cracks, tears, or other defects. If you notice such problems, repair them as soon as possible to avoid their aggravation.

It is necessary to ensure you use the awning according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This can include retracting it in strong wind or storm conditions to prevent damage. Keeping these things in mind, the awning will remain in good condition for a long time, to provide you with the shade and protection you need to enjoy your outdoor space. Continue searching on our website to find the perfect awning model for your balcony!

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