Folding Arm Awnings

Folding arm awnings are probably the most popular form of awning system for homes, offering a shady haven to enjoy and great for entertaining. Easy and quick to extend and retract and available in a wide range of colours, styles and options.

Folding arm awnings operate by spring or gas piston arms folding out from the wall to extend the awning, whilst keeping the fabric under tension. When retracted into the fully closed position, they take up a small amount of space. These can be encased with several options: non-cassette, semi-cassette or within a full-cassette housing which neatly conceals the arms and fabric when not required.

Most folding arm awning fabrics are acrylic and resistant to UV, water, mould and dirt (due to the application of various coatings). There is an extensive range of colours and patterns and a BBSA member will be able to advise you on your choice.

Operating a folding arm awning is easy. They can be manually operated by a winding handle fitted to a gearbox on either side, but automation makes the job simple. Just a push of a button will extend or retract your awning and we recommend you also add a sun and wind sensor for added benefits. A sun sensor will automatically extend the patio awning to protect your home from overheating, keeping your rooms cool. The wind sensor will retract the patio awning automatically when the wind becomes too strong, protecting it from potential damage. These additions will ensure that your awning and its fabric will last longer.

The installation and the specifications of an awning are important considerations so always take advice from a BBSA member.

Folding arm awnings are also known as: Patio Awnings, Sun Awnings, Garden Awnings and Retractable Awnings.

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