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Benefits of patio awnings: make the most of your outdoor space

Posted on 10th May 2015 by Gemini Blinds

An awning or canopy can provide the perfect solution to many outdoor dilemmas, from creating shade and shelter, to saving energy and even adding value to your home.

Here at Gemini Blinds, we have a huge array of canopies and awnings to suit a variety of functional and aesthetic requirements, and because they are of the highest quality you can be sure they offer a whole selection of other benefits you might not have considered, such as:


Protection from the sun

The UK is not known for its beautiful summer weather, so when the sun does come out, it can actually be more of a nuisance than a blessing. A multi-purpose, retractable patio awning can provide the ideal outdoor shade, so your family can enjoy the warm weather without having to retreat indoors.

Whether you choose to use an awning to create a shaded al fresco dining area, a cool place to relax after a spot of gardening, or a safe place for the children to play on sunny days, it can reduce the temperature in the shaded area by as much 20 degrees, lowering the risk of heat stroke and sunburn.


Extend your living space

A canopy or awning will give you the benefit of extending your living space into the garden, essentially giving you an extra room. Of course, this won’t see your house price rise dramatically, as an extension would, but it will give the illusion of more space in your home, enhancing your kerb appeal as well as the enjoyment you and your family get from your home.

The awning will not only provide shade and shelter for people, but if you choose to furnish your outdoor space, with sofas or a table and chairs, your furniture will be better protected against the effects of the sun and rain too.


Evening entertaining

During the summer, we all like to make the most of the long summer evenings. So even if the temperatures aren’t soaring, enjoying a BBQ or a few drinks in the garden with family and friends is the perfect end to a summer’s day.

The shelter an awning can provide allows you to spend longer in the garden, without the wind or a little drizzle ruining your evening plans.


Energy saving

If your house is in full sun all day it can absorb the heat, releasing it in the evenings and making your home uncomfortably hot.

Air conditioning units can be expensive to run, and aren’t particularly environmentally friendly, but a well-placed awning or canopy can protect your home from the full force of the sun. It will shade your windows and walls during the day, so the heat isn’t absorbed by your home, helping to keep a more comfortable temperature overnight.


Complement your garden design

Whether you’re a keen gardener, or prefer to keep things minimal so you can enjoy your garden without maintaining it, you can find a canopy or awning that will complement the design of your outdoor space.

With a huge choice of styles and colours available – from a modern steel frame with a chic cream canopy, to a bright and colourful awning that will create the perfect play space for the kids – you don’t have to settle for a basic, functional awning if you want a shaded outdoor area. The design of your awning is just as important as the decor you choose for the inside of your home, so you can be as imaginative or stylish as you want.


Gemini Blinds provide customers across the North West with the best quality awnings and canopies at highly competitive prices. With a wide variety of designs to suit any requirement or style, our expert team will be happy to provide free advice to help you get the best solution for your outdoor space.

For more information, simply get in touch with Gemini Blinds today.


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