There are various types of awning available to the homeowner so which type is best for you? Read on and we will show you the various options and why you might want a particular style of awning for your home.
The cassette patio awning
The full cassette patio awning is the most common style of patio awning in the UK. Full cassette awnings offer protection to the awnings fabric cover when the awning is retracted. This is important in the UK due to our changeable weather. When awning covers are left unprotected they can become damaged and dirty so the cassette awning should be the first choice when it comes to patio awnings.
We have various cassette awnings available from the simple and stylish markilux 990 up to the markilux 6000 available with integrated lighting and heaters to the unique markilux MX1 compact, there is a cassette awning for every need.
Semi cassette awnings
Semi-cassette awnings are an award-winning development by markilux. The cassette is open underneath and therefore suitable for installations that do not require the all round protection of a cassette.
These awning allow the fabric to ‘breath’ a bit more than a cassette awning. This can be an advantage if you use your awning often in rain as it can help the awning fabric release water.
They are suitable for use in the UK and are available in stretch models that allow you to have an awning with a larger projection than width. This is usually not possible with a standard awning.
An open style awning does entirely without a cassette. The mechanics and roller tube are perfectly visible. In the UK these are not usually the best option due to our unreliable weather. However they can be suited for installations such as reveals or large roof overhangs, which assist in protecting the awning.
Cover boards are also available to offer additional protection to the awning.
Drop arm awnings
Unlike the options above drop arm awnings are designed primarily for internal shading. Their arms drop out and away from the building so that the fabric cover is pulled down as the awning is lowered.
This give excellent protection from the sun while still allowing light under under the awning and allowing ventilation if you have a window or door open.
They reduce the chance of sunlight creeping around the edge of the awning which can be a problem if you use a traditional patio awning to try and achieve internal shading.
Drop arms are fitted with optimised stainless steel gas pistons giving excellent cover tension. Adjustable down to a maximum of 140°.
Something a bit different
Have you ever wanted to have an awning fitted in the middle of your garden? well now you can with the Markilux Planet.
The Markilux Planet allow any Markilux awning to be fitted away from a wall. The planet can be spun on its axis so the best sun protection can be achieved as the sun moves through the sky.
Is your wall not suitable for an awning?
Sometimes you might have a wall that is constructed of timber cladding or it may be very weak and not suitable for an awning. This doesn’t mean that you cannot have an awning fitted.
There are many frame systems available from Markilux that can mean the awnings can be fitted in positions that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to be fitted.
The awning shown to the right is fitted using the Markilux syncra uno frame. The syncra frame is available to be either bolted to a concrete foundation as shown or if foundations are not possible they can be fitted using stabilisation boxes. When fitted with the stabilisation boxes there are no ground fixings and the awnings are completely free standing giving limitless possibilities to where you could fit the awning.