Patio covers and retractable awnings are great additions to your home because they allow you the flexibility of creating shade in the summer and allowing light into your outside area in the winter. The South African climate is fairly mild, but it can get very hot outdoors which is why you might just need that little bit of cover to keep the conditions comfortable. You can install manual or motorised awnings, and should ask for advice from your supplier depending on your conditions (weather wise and in terms of your building’s structure). Sometimes awnings can create darkness in windows where there should have been light, so make sure that you find the best fabric or material for your purposes; aluminium tends to be most popular. You don’t always need to choose the commercial option; you can just choose something that’s right for you.
If you are looking for patio covers and retractable awnings to purchase the best place to look is at a Builders Warehouse or outdoor centre. The great thing about purchasing products from these types of stores is that staff is always on hand to provide you with advice and assistance. Often you need to take measurements with you so that they can help you to make a decision between manual and motorised awnings and patio covers, and where it is best to fit them. You need shade in the hot SA sunshine and these additions to your home will allow you that privilege. Fabric and materials are important, because they can weather very easily. Products like aluminium seem to have the longest life span so they are probably your best bet.
Never be afraid to ask for advice when you are in a store, because it might mean the difference between having your home look like a commercial and a horror film. If you need shade, then have a look at your local hardware store for patio covers and retractable awnings.