Spare a thought for creative cover for your outdoor area

It’s safe to say that windows and doors usually take the spotlight, with very little limelight being given to awnings; however awnings certainly deserve their due. They are more than an addition to your outdoor space and should be more than an afterthought; they’re an asset to your home, place of business and virtually any other architectural structure. As your dedicated experts, allow us to tell you why.

What is an awning?

First and foremost, it is important to clear the air – awnings are NOT canopies despite the tendency for most people to use the two terms interchangeably. What’s the difference between the two?

  • Mounted or freestanding

Awnings are primarily mounted above an outside window or patio whereas their canopy counterparts are usually freestanding structures.

  • Permanent vs temporary

Unlike canopies, which can be disassembled and assembled depending on the need for shade, awnings are designed to be permanent structures providing shade and cover throughout the year.

Here’s why you need an awning

  • Entertaining guests

Whether you fancy yourself the number one host in town or aspire to be, awnings are a sure-fire way to impress guests and family alike. The additional cover they provide allows you to enjoy more of your outdoor area by offering protection from the sun’s heat, UV rays and rainfall. What’s more, at Ricky Richards, awnings can come with accessories such as screens, shielding you against both wind and bugs.

  • Aesthetics

Awnings can be made from a variety of fabrics, allowing you to showcase your unique style and eye for design. This could be just the finish you need to make the beauty of your outdoor area match your indoors. Our team has a rich history working with awnings. Get in touch with them if you’d like to know more about what design elements can enhance the aesthetics of your home.

  • Added value

While we don’t always intend to sell off our homes, it is a nice thought and will certainly give you peace of mind to know that if the day arrives, you’ll be able to fetch a hefty price for it. Awnings add value to your property by making it more ‘liveable’ and versatile. Potential buyers who can envision long afternoons on the patio or outdoors will relish the idea of awnings, ultimately helping your home’s market value.

  • Temperature control

When you’re at home, you expect to be comfortable. It is, after all, your sanctuary. Retractable awnings allow you to control the temperature at a moment’s notice by allowing exposure to the sun or lessening this exposure.

  • Longevity

There is nothing more frustrating than having to replace furniture that has barely been used because it has been ruined by the elements. Awnings offer dependable protection against the elements, prolonging the lifespan of your outdoor furniture.

Depend on the professionals

It’s difficult to argue with the benefits and value that awnings provide. The key to maximising those benefits is to secure the service and support of a team of experts. Here at Ricky Richards we’re happy to discuss, assist and provide you with an exciting range – on time for your home project.

As a family owned company with a heritage of being Australia’s number one distributor of industrial and commercial textiles, Ricky Richards continues to offer both unrivalled quality and variety. Contact us today to upgrade your home with first-rate awnings or talk to our dedicated consultants about your needs and requirements. We’re always on hand to assist.