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Weatherproof your outdoor living space

A stylish awning or pergola provides cover from rain or too much sunshine

Promotional Feature By Caroline Rodrigues |

As soon as there’s even a glimpse of the sun, thoughts turn to improving our outdoor living space for al fresco dining and entertaining friends in the garden. With the protective cover of a high-quality awning or pergola, a gust of wind or a rain shower needn’t stop the party.

Now’s the time to plan in some shade from an awning or pergola. If you’ve designed your own home with plenty of glazing to take advantage of the sun, at hotter times of the day some shade will be welcome – particularly if the garden is south-facing.

Stylish designs from The Great British Awning & Blind Company will shade indoor areas and extend the time you spend enjoying your outdoor living space right into the cool of the evening.

Patio awnings

A practical, high-quality awning doesn’t simply provide shade, shelter and a comfortable temperature, it can go a long way to enhancing your home. Awnings from The Great British Awning & Blind Company come in a variety of styles, fabric and frame colours.

You can customise the design, picking shades to enhance brick, stone or rendered walls or add a splash of colour for contrast. The automated awnings extend and retract at the touch of a button, or using a wind and sun sensor. There are options for customising your choice with heating and lighting.

large patio awning on a kitchen extension in a detached red-brick house

Photo: The Great British Awning & Blind Company

Pergola choices

For a luxurious addition to your patio, consider a pergola, which can be freestanding or wall mounted. Select a pergola to extend your outdoor living space and it can be made up in a range of styles and finishes.

To add to the party atmosphere, a pergola can be customised with LED lighting, vertical front and side blinds, outdoor heaters and sliding glass panels.

Stay safe and comfortable

Weatherproof and built to last, awnings and pergolas will give protection from sun and rain showers as well as providing additional privacy. The fabrics used will block 99% of UV light, protecting you and your furnishings and diffusing light to eliminate harsh glare.

weatherproof your outdoor living space with a contemporary automated awning

Photo: The Great British Awning & Blind Company

Consider blinds

Particularly if your extension, conservatory or orangery is south-facing, shading is a must. Electric blinds mounted to the glazed area will regulate heat, glare and UV light. They can be fitted to any glazed area, from folding and sliding doors to roof lights, skylights and the shaped panels of conservatories. Automated roof blinds can be fitted externally or internally.

Professional installation

Before ordering a bespoke awning, pergola or blinds from The Great British Awning & Blind Company, you’ll receive a free design consultation. An installation team will undertake a full site survey, measuring carefully to ensure your choice will fit perfectly.

Once made up in the UK, the pergola, awning or blinds will be installed to the very highest standard and finish, and supplied with a 10-year guarantee.

contemporary villa with modern awning over an outdoor living space

Photo: The Great British Awning & Blind Company

For further information, visit thegreatbritishawningandblindcompany.co.uk or call 0800 048 7700