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Why Fold Arm Awnings Remain Evergreen
Fold arm awnings are an affordable outdoor lifestyle improvement product that can extend an entertainment area by an impressive 24sq m. This ever-popular and evergreen product adorns a variety of properties – from leafy residential gardens to busy pubs and elegant restaurants.
The name, fold arm, is descriptive of the product – two encased aluminium powder-coated folding arms that extend or retract across the outdoor entertainment area to provide shade with world-renowned Dickson canvas. This French company pioneered the introduction of artificial textiles in 1945 and, in 2011, launched the first 3D simulator in the solar protection sector. In collaboration with Dickson, Awning Warehouse utilises this 3D technology to bring its South African clientele the best possible outdoor lifestyle solutions. The simulator provides a realistic vision of the canvas with its environment and gives an accurate reading of the shade that will be generated by the fold arm awning chosen by the client.
Clients can choose a wide colour-pallet to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the outdoor entertainment space. The canvas has a unique coating to resist heat, fading and uncomfortable ultra-violet rays. It is also water-resistant, repelling dirt penetration, stains and mould. The canvas can also be used on drop-arm and fixed awnings and is the perfect complement to outdoor lifestyles, both in cities and sea-sides.
The two spring-loaded fold arms are attached to an exterior wall with a back beam. The rolled up awning can be open or closed in with an aluminium powder coated casing. The canvas folds away when not in use. It is recommended that clients have an aluminium protection cover installed to extend the life of the canvas. Fold arm awnings can either be manually operated with a crankshaft or with an automatic push-button option.
Awning Warehouse custom-makes its fold arm awnings to a maximum size of 6m wide and 4m deep. This provides clients with an additional and generous 24sq m of usable extra outdoor space. Canvas fold arm awnings are ideal for patios, decks, terraces, balconies and pool areas, and also offer commercial enterprises invaluable additional outdoor entertainment extensions.
Fold arm awnings
Canvas fold arm awnings extend your living space to the great outdoors with the comfort of a shady tree making your patio or deck cool enough to enjoy on hot summer days. Elegant and unobtrusive, fold arm awnings improve the appearance and space for both residential and retail applications. Awning Warehouse provides for all patio solutions including our Dickson canvas folding arm awning designed specifically as a patio shade. Canvas fold arm awnings are also ideal for decks, terraces, balconies, pool areas, and outdoor areas of restaurants and cafes. Fold arm awnings provide extra room without construction costs but still gives you stylish upmarket design and the 100% protection of canvas.
Folding arm awnings are an energy-efficient and easy to use
Gearbox operated with aluminium powder coated folding arms and caps, canvas fold arm awnings may be your answer to sun protection as an extension to your outdoor living areas. We recommend that you protect the rolled up canvas with our aluminium protection cover installed directly above the unit. Dickson canvas offers the broadest and most creative range of folding arm awning fabrics currently on the market.
Benefits of Fold Arm Awnings
Adjustable, durable, retractable and stylish are just some of the benefits of fold arm awnings. Apart from sheltering windows and doorways, this multi-purpose shade solution is also popular for providing shelter at pool sides and other outdoor entertainment areas. The main attraction of fold arm awnings is that they are retractable, unlike fixed awnings that are constantly exposed to all types of weather conditions.
Fold arm awnings can be compared to a tree that transform patios and deck areas into shady havens on hot summer days. Elegant and unobtrusive, fold arm awnings are a budget-friendly answer to improve outdoor lifestyles. These energy-efficient shade solutions are both affordable and reliable.
Another advantage of fold arm awnings is their ease of operation. The aluminium powder-coated arms operate with the push of a button to extend or retract across the entertainment area. Manually-operated versions are also available. The high standard of the materials used – aluminium and top quality imported stain-resistant and colour-dyed canvas – ensures low maintenance and longevity of use.
Fold arm awnings are durable. Unlike their fixed counterparts that are constantly subjected to all types of weather conditions, fold arm awnings can be safely tucked away from harsh sunlight, wind and rain when not in use.
Folding arm awnings are an energy-efficient and budget-friendly solution to providing much needed shade at outdoor areas during South Africa’s hot summer months. Unlike umbrellas or other temporary shade solutions, fold arm awnings are a reliable and affordable weather-proofing solution. They can reduce solar heat by as much as 77% and help to save energy heating costs during colder weather.
The advantages of fold arm awnings far outweigh the cost of your investment. Top-quality materials are used in the manufacture of these awnings that, if properly cared for, will give you countless years of service.
Do you need Planning Permission for Awnings?
This is an unclear issue and it is best to check with your local council to check and see if approval is required. Each council has their own set of rules and vary from one to another. If plans need to be drawn up they must be submitted to the council for approval. And, if you live in a Homeowners’ Association or Body Corporate complex, their approval is sometimes also needed to set up an awning on your property. Awning Warehouse can assist with the drawing and submission of plans if required.
Fold-arm awnings operations
Fold-arm awnings are operated with two lateral arms that are spring-loaded and attached to a steel bar which, in turn, is attached to the wall of a building. Retractable awnings are motorised and are operated with a remote-controlled device to extend or retreat across a living space.
What is the life-span of canvas awnings?
If properly cared for, canvas awnings will give you more than a decade of service. Using only imported non-fade canvas that is dyed and clean-guarded to resist staining a canvas awning adds exterior space while avoiding the need for messy and expensive construction. These are available as either fixed or retractable extensions to your property and are guaranteed for five years.
If you want your canvas awning to last for a very long time, seasonal maintenance is highly recommended. Cleaning couldn’t be easier, Remove cobwebs, debris, dirt, leaves and twigs with a broom and then simply hose it down with fresh water. For tougher cleaning jobs such as mildew, use a solution of water and a mild detergent like dishwashing liquid. Use a soft bristle brush to scrub the mildew area and then rinse the awning thoroughly with clean water. Due diligence will ensure that the fabric will last from 10 to 15 years.
The Difference between an Awning and a Canopy
People often ask what the difference is between an awning and a canopy. An awning is usually attached to a building while a canopy is a freestanding structure with a roof of canvas or steel.
Popular awnings and canopies are installed with either retractable canvas, or solid or Louvre-adjustable steel roofs. The choice of material depends on budgetary constraints. There are a few different options with canvas retractable roofs ranging from budget to bespoke waterproof roofs which had integrated LED lighting. The canvas used in the construction of these products is of the best quality and is waterproof and UV-resistant.
Fold-arm awnings undoubtedly add value to any property. Their elegant good looks enhance the appearance of both residential and retail areas. The fold arm imported Dickson canvas awning fabric is a perfect patio solution choice. Dickson is one of the widest and most creative ranges of folding arm awning fabrics available on the market today. Fold-arm awnings are also ideal for decks, terraces, balconies, pool areas, and commercial outdoor entertainment areas such as restaurants, pubs and cafes. A bonus is that there is no construction element involved with retractable canvas awnings. They are attached to the wall of an existing building.
Folding-arm awnings consist of two lateral arms that are spring-loaded and attached to a bar that is then attached to the exterior of a building. The folding lateral arms retract the awning and can be operated manually with a crank handle or be automated.
Canvas fold-arm awnings will give you years of service if properly maintained. The fabric is kept clean with regular brushing, both inside and out, using a soft brush. The awning should also occasionally be hosed down with clean water. The cleaning process does not require the use of any cleaning fluids, soaps or detergents.