The sun can be merciless during summers in Australia, and among the cities, Perth has the most number of sunny days. Even during the winter, the sun is peeking out.
This may seem like heaven for those who live in places where the sun doesn’t shine for six months in a year, but it can be too much of a good thing for most Perth residents. Awnings provide an affordable solution to most shading needs, but you still have to choose the best type for your budget.
The type of awning you should choose will depend on several factors. These are the location (where you will put it), size (how big an area you need to shade) and cost (how much you are willing to spend). There are four basic types:
- Fixed – ideal for entrances and windows, usually made of aluminium and canvas
- Drop – ideal for windows as they act like outdoor blinds
- Retractable – ideal for large areas, and may be manual or motorised
- Freestanding – ideal for small areas, movable
Generally, the least expensive type of awning in Perth is one that does not need too much support and mechanisms. A fixed awning over your front door, for example, has a metal frame and a canvas cover. As the name implies, it’s permanent.
A retractable awning, on the other hand, is the most expensive because you need a mechanism to work it. However, retractable awnings are more cost-effective than putting in a patio roof. It looks prettier, too.
Another consideration is the labour cost. You will not have to worry about that with freestanding awning, because you can easily assemble and disassemble it. For other types, however, you should get a professional for proper installation. The cost will depend on how long it will take to put in your awning.
Do your research before you commit to anything. Measure the length and width of the area you need to shade and get quotes from several suppliers.