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Awnings & Canopies: Why Everyone Needs One

17th August 2015

The summer months are best spent outdoors, relaxing in a sun-soaked garden enjoying the warmth. However, we all know that the British weather can be temperamental, so with sweltering heatwaves, sudden showers can quickly follow – meaning the need for shelter is valid all year round.

Installing an awning or canopy into your garden is a stylish fix for ensuring that you can enjoy your garden no matter the month. Here at Barton Blinds, we’ve compiled a few reasons why an awning is a must have addition to your home.

Stylish home addition

A carefully chosen style and colour of awning can make a great addition to your home, taking it to a new level of elegance. Not only is an awning a functional extension into your garden, there are also many great designs to improve the aesthetic appeal of your home – handy for impressing guests, and even adding kerb appeal to your home if you ever decide to sell it.


Sun protection

An awning provides protection from the sun in summer months, which is important if you’re planning on spending a lot of time outdoors. A good quality material will provide relief from the heat and harmful UV rays whilst also shading the outside area, enabling you to relax outdoors for longer.

Rain protection

In Britain we know to expect rain even in the summer months, but with an awning or canopy installed you can be prepared year round. With specially manufactured waterproof materials, an awning will protect you and your garden furniture from any sudden showers, allowing you to stay outdoors and make the most of your garden space!

Extended living space

House extensions, whilst a great investment to a home, can be extremely costly and stressful to plan. Awnings make for a clever, cost effective alternative with a fraction of the installation time, allowing you to extend your home into your garden in a natural, flowing way without paying the cost of a full house extension.


Saves energy bills

An awning will reduce the temptation to turn up the air con in the summer heat, as the natural shade it provides will dramatically cool down the surface outside your home. Awnings can reduce heat gain by up to 70%, meaning your reliance on electronic cooling devices such as air con or fans, will be greatly reduced with a one time investment.

Read our ‘Types of Awnings Explained‘ article to find out what awning would be best suited to your needs.

Here at Barton Blinds, our long established partnership with awnings company Broadview allows us to provide the highest quality designs in bespoke awnings. We offer a range of services, with all our awnings made to measure to suit your exact requirements.

Contact our team today to find out more about the services we provide, and see how you can create the perfect shaded space in your garden, to enjoy all year round.

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