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What Are the Benefits of Awnings in Summer?

What Are the Benefits of Awnings in Summer?

With the first rays of spring sunshine finally arriving, many of us are now looking ahead to summer and preparing for barbecues and garden parties with friends. If you’re searching for an affordable way to help you make the most of your outside area, an awning is the ideal solution.

For any homeowners who remain unsure of the benefits that an awning can bring, the team here at SWR Home & Outdoor is here to explain how this simple addition can transform your garden.

What is an awning?

An awning is a covering, commonly constructed from a metal frame and fabric, that extends over an outside area to protect it from the elements. Although usually attached to an external wall, freestanding awnings are also available if you’ve got a favourite spot in the middle of your garden that you’d like to add some shade to.

What are the benefits of awnings?

Sun protection

In recent years, the UK has experienced some of its hottest temperatures on record. On a beautiful summer’s day, you’ll likely want to soak up the sun and relax in your garden; however, excessive heat can make this uncomfortable. With an awning installed, this doesn’t have to be the case: it cools you down, provides protection against harmful UV rays and offers peace of mind if you’d like to indulge in a spot of sunbathing.

It’s not only people that an awning protects, it can also shield your outdoor furniture from becoming bleached following prolonged sun exposure, saving you money in the long run.

Maximises outdoor space

During the summer months, your garden is essentially an additional living area, offering a space to relax or socialise with friends and family. Of course, it wouldn’t be a British summer without a bit of rain, but a sudden downpour can leave you having to cancel your plans.  

However, when you have an awning installed, your outside area can be used come rain or shine and you can fully make the most of this space. Whether it’s a slight bit of drizzle or a sudden shower, you’ll be sheltered from the elements and can still enjoy some time outdoors.


Whether you’ve got nosy neighbours or your garden is overlooked by a multi-storey building, an awning can protect your space from any prying eyes, leaving you free to kick back and relax without worry. Here at SWR Home & Outdoor, we have awnings available in a variety of sizes to help you shield as much or as little of your garden as you like.

Temperature regulation

If you have a patio awning, not only does this offer protection outside, but it can also help to regulate interior temperature as well by providing some much-needed shade over your windows and doors. Intense sunlight is then blocked – a feature that is particularly important for south and west facing windows – which helps to cool down your home, making it a much more comfortable place to spend a hot summer’s day.

Not only that, but an awning can even help to reduce your energy bills – it’s estimated that it could reduce air conditioning costs by up to 25%!

Simple installation

If you’re on a budget, you might be tempted to just purchase a temporary canopy or gazebo instead. However, these impermanent structures can be incredibly inconvenient, while patio awnings remain in place all year round. This means you don’t need to lift a finger and you’re saved from the hassle of having to erect and dismantle a gazebo whenever there’s poor weather or you’re not using it. Thanks to its compact design, your patio awning will neatly tuck away into its cassette when not in use.

When you have an awning installed by a trusted professional like SWR Home & Outdoor, the process couldn’t be easier. We’ll carry out a free home consultation where we’ll measure the area to ensure your awning is a perfect fit. Then, we’ll arrange a date to come back and install it, fitting your new awning in a matter of hours – you don’t have to do a thing!

How much do awnings cost?

There is no simple answer to the question of how much awnings cost; this all depends on a number of factors, such as:

  • Property: Every property is different; if your home has accessibility issues or there are certain structural considerations, it may require a specialist awning, resulting in a higher price.
  • Size: The bigger your awning, the more material required and, consequently, the higher the cost.
  • Style: There is a huge range of awning styles available, from freestanding structures to retractable patio awnings. Naturally, not every awning will be the same price and the type that you choose will affect the final cost.
  • Additional features: The beauty of modern awnings is that they can come with a wide range of add-ons, such as automation, LED lighting, heating systems, wind sensors and more. However, these features do come at an extra cost.
  • Design: If there’s a specific colour or pattern that you’ve got your heart set on, these unique designs can prove to be more expensive than standard ones.

When you choose a trusted awning supplier like SWR Home & Outdoor, we’ll ensure you always receive the best possible price for your awning, with no hidden costs or unexpected fees.

If you’d like your home to reap the benefits of an awning this summer, get in touch with the team at SWR Home & Outdoor today. We supply a range of high-quality freestanding and patio awnings from some of the most respected brands like Markilux and Weinor, and you can view any of our products in our expansive showroom.

We operate throughout St Albans, Hemel Hempstead, Harpenden and the surrounding Hertfordshire region contact our friendly team today for more details.

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