A folding arm awning is a type of awning that can be retracted when it’s not needed. This makes it a far more versatile type of covering than permanent awnings. These awnings look like they’re a part of the building and many people don’t even realise they can be retracted at a moment’s notice. While retractable awnings are used by many different types of businesses, they can also be used on residential homes. Here are just a few places where a folding arm awning can be very useful.
Restaurants and Cafes
Restaurants and cafes make use of folding arm awnings all the time. These businesses often have outdoor seating, but customers who eat outdoors do need some protection from direct sunlight, the wind, and rain. Folding arm awnings can be extended during the afternoon sun or during bad weather to protect customers, but they can be folded down in the morning or later in the evening. Businesses can also have their logo, business name, or other information printed on these awnings to help promote their brand while extending their usable space at the same time.
Swimming pools and outdoor water parks also make use of retractable awnings to provide shade for those in the pool or for those who are sitting on the deck watching. Some people like to lay out in the sun by the pool, but others like to be in the shade. By using retractable awnings, you can make one space serve both uses. The fact that some folding arm awnings in Melbourne are motorised makes it easy to quickly accommodate pool users by raising or lowering several awnings.
Areas Prone to High Winds
Melbourne has been hit with some severe storms over the years. While they may not occur on a regular basis, being hit by high winds, heavy rains, and even hail can destroy permanent awnings. While retractable awnings may also fall victim to incredibly powerful storms, they are more likely to survive if you have them folded down. There’s less of a chance the wind will grab the fabric and rip it off. Using folding arm awnings can lower your repair costs and even provide some protection to the rest of your business if they fold down over windows.
While retractable awnings are often used by businesses, they can also be used on houses. They can provide additional shade for your patio or your swimming pool. They can provide you with additional shaded areas when you have a large number of people over for a party or when your children want to play outdoors during a hot summer day.
Any Area Where Support Structures Cannot Be Used
In addition to these specific businesses and home use, you can make use of folding arm awnings anywhere where a traditional awning that requires support posts cannot be used. Folding arm awnings, as opposed to traditional awnings, are fully supported by the folding struts that attach to the edge of the building’s roof, so they can be installed over any space.