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Types of Awnings Explained

29th January 2016

Enjoying the outdoors in your garden is a great way to relax and unwind, but sometimes the weather can have other plans for us, be it due to rain in the winter or blistering heat in the summer. An awning is the ideal way to provide added protection to your garden, allowing you to sit out and enjoy it regardless of the weather.

However, with so much choice in awnings it can be difficult to decide what one is best for you. We’ve listed a few of the types of awnings we offer below, and their ideal uses.



Retractable awnings, as the name implies, can be retracted when they are not needed, making them ideal if you know you will want a form of protection sometimes, but may want to enjoy the sunshine in your garden at other times.

This stylish design is ideal for all types of weather, able to provide shade on hot days, and shelter from the cold and rain during the winter. It also provides the option to be neatly tucked away when it is not needed, keeping the material safe from damage or wear and tear when not in use.



Whether you’re a business owner looking for the perfect awning to shade your customers while they eat, or simply want some protection for your garden when you sit outside in the summer, a patio awning could be ideal for you.

Often attached to the exterior wall of your home, patio awnings are ideal for providing shade over your patio area, creating a shady and cool environment for you to relax in when the temperature gets that bit too high in the summer months.



Canvas awnings are extremely sturdy, providing the ultimate protection from hot weather or from the rain when it comes to winter. If you’re located in an area with more extreme weather conditions and are looking for round the clock protection with your awning, a canvas option may be best for you.

As an added bonus, canvas material wears a lot slower than other fabrics, ensuring your awning looks like new for many years to come.

Window and Door


While ideal for providing shade when outdoors, did you know that awnings are also the perfect way of regulating the temperature for rooms inside your house? If one of your rooms or your conservatory tends to heat up that bit too much in the summer, a window or door awning can provide shade indoors, helping to reduce the heat that accesses the room. Not only that, but window awnings are an attractive way to add some appeal to the outside of your home at the same time!


Here at Barton Blinds, we provide a great range of awnings and canopies to both domestic and commercial clients. We work in conjunction with Broadview, combining experience and knowledge to offer great products and a high-quality service.

For more information, or to make your awning enquiry, contact one of our friendly team today and we’ll be happy to help. Or read why everyone should have an awning.

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