Many shops, homes, and street stalls are covered with a small temporary
shed. Sheds like outdoor retractable awnings offer protection against the
sun, rain, and harmful UV rays. They are seen as extensions of buildings
for residential and commercial purposes. They are lightweight materials
and fabrics, primarily plastic, cotton, and nylon.

How do they differ from fixed awnings?
The outdoor retractable awnings can be opened and closed as per
convenience. This can benefit various shops and stall holders as it saves
them a lot of space. A fixed awning occupies a part of the shop
permanently. These retractable awnings can be opened and placed in front
of the shop as per the requirements and can be taken off when the shop is
closed. Furthermore, they do not have to be installed and can be
transported easily. They are light in weight and quite comfortable. The
sheets of the fabric can be changed easily as per convenience.

Operation of retractable awnings
These awnings can be hand operated. The stall or the house owner can
fold and open the awning material using a long rope. With the
advancement of technology, such strings are now easily operated by
electric motors that can be remote or battery controlled. Press the close or
open button on the remote and adjust the angle to suit the requirements.
During heavy rains, the additional fabric can be stitched to the awning to
make it thicker and more water-resistant.

Choose the correct type of material.
Water-resistant materials like nylon and polyester provide resistance.
Cotton is more suitable in summer for cooling. Lightweight aluminium is
durable and robust. An electrostatic powder coating is applied to the
aluminium by the manufacturers to provide resistance to corrosion. The
other parts of the awning must be stainless steel, such as the nuts, bolts,
holders, and chains. This material does not get rusted easily. It is also safer
to use. The awning’s fabric has to be UV, corrosion, and water resistant; hence, the best-advised materials are aluminium for long-term uses and plastic for short-term benefits.

Uses of awnings:
There are two main uses of awnings:

Commercial purposes- Outdoor retractable awnings are most widely used
for commercial purposes. A few restaurants and cafes have seating
arrangements outdoors. This facility provides the customers with the cool
breeze and outdoor vibe of nature. However, on sunny and rainy days,
such seating is covered using a retractable awning. It provides shade and
cooling. This is done to ensure the place does not lose customers because
the weather is hot and sunny. It is also beneficial for the restaurant to
continue with its business on a rainy day. Many small vendors and street
food stalls have a small retractable awning to cover themselves and the
food in the shade. This can be moved along the stall as it is lightweight.
Residential purposes- Many large villas and bungalows have a small
awning on lawns. This is a part of the house’s interior decor suggested by
modern designers. It also provides shade to the residents on a sunny day.
One can read a book, sip tea and have conversations with their family
members by sitting on the lawn under this awning. It protects people from
tanning.

Available in different shapes and sizes
Depending on the purpose, there are many shapes, sizes, and fabrics a
person can choose from. For instance, a restaurant holder would require a
robust and durable awning long enough to provide shade for 15 tables. On
the contrary, a person wanting to place the awning for a hot dog stand
requires a small one made up of plastic to give minimalist appeal.

While investing in this equipment, one must research and select branded
services that help select, install and provide after-sales service.

Author: Kiara Mac