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What are window awnings?

If you check your dictionary or more realistically type this question into Google, you’ll get this response.

Definition: a sheet of canvas or other material stretched on a frame and used to keep the sun or rain off a shop window, doorway, or ship’s deck.

Now we all know that this definition might need a little updating. Awnings have been in use for a lot of years now as way more than for shops, doorways and ships… So here, in this article, we are going to give you a bit of a rundown on exactly what awnings are and how they can be utilised around your home or business.

You may have a picture in your head of the aesthetically terrible, old, mouldy piece of canvas your grandparent’s neighbours had covering some of their outdoor windows. (Of course, this would never have been someone YOU’RE related to. ) In 2021 however, awnings have come a long, long way and you may be interested to find that although the design for some awnings hasn’t changed much in 80 years the technology in fabrics, frames, manoeuvrability and aesthetics certainly has!

Mouldy Awnings do nothing for the outside of a home or business.

What an awning does.

Awnings were created to reduce the impact of solar energy on the hard surfaces of your home – particularly glass.

You may have already read our article on how to make your home more energy-efficient. Awnings have the ability to block out up to 80% of the direct heat load on a window which lowers your chances of heat transfer. Your rooms won’t heat up nearly as quickly. This is particularly effective on East and West facing glazing that soaks up morning and evening sunshine.

Awnings as a stylish home addition.

Aesthetically, awnings have changed just as times have. Over the years of research and development, while the basic thought has remained the same, the use of fabrics, lighter weight metals and new technology in automation have meant that today there is an awning available for any and all style requirements. Plus, there’s the added bonus for you to be able to use your awnings even if you aren’t home! (We’ll talk about that a little more later.)

Whether your style is more traditional or completely modern and minimalistic, awnings can be custom made to suit you. You can opt for contrasting metals and fabrics and have them stand out or you can choose to have your awnings created with exactly the same shade as the house in order for them to completely fade from view.

Styles of awnings.

You are no longer limited to a fabric awning with a scalloped edge and stripes… oh, the stripes. You could choose any of these types of awnings to create a feature in your home or business design.

Patio or Deck Cover Shade Cloths or Sails

Sails are popular to cover large decks.

Retractable Freestanding Awnings

Perfect for businesses and home use.

Retractable Sidearm/Drop-arm Awnings

They're practical AND can add colour.

Retractable Canopy Awnings

Perfect for a shop window.

Retractable patio cover systems

Help your outdoor room become usable any time.

Retractable Vertical Drop Awnings

Straight Drop Awning

Window Awnings

Window Awnings in a variety of fabrics and styles.

The Extras

There are of course basic models of awnings and then you could get fancy and add on some real 21st century perks. Some awnings have been designed to resist rain, winds, a certain amount of snow, and even hurricanes. If you want a retractable awning, they can be custom designed to be operated manually with a chord or motorized, with a radio, non-radio, or torque-sensing motor. You could even choose to add MP3 speakers, heaters, sensors, (for weather events) and timing controls. You can even have them added to your smart home system and control them from your devices.


There are so many appealing options you can now choose from when it comes to protecting your home from heat and damaging UV rays. Come have a look for yourself at our showroom or give us a call. We’re here to help.

Complete Blinds Sydney - Blinds, Shutters, Awnings

45 / 24-32 Lexington Drive
Bella Vista, NSW 2153
02 8824 7975


Complete Blinds was established in 1989. The secret to our success is in delivering quality, specialised blinds, shutters and awnings on time, and giving our Sydney customers the highest level of craftsmanship and service.


At Complete Blinds Sydney, we have an extremely high standard of craftsmanship, and supply only the very best in blinds, shutters & awnings. We train our own craftsmen and guarantee control over quality, installation and delivery, by refusing to use sub-contractors.


We are committed to the satisfaction of you, our customer. Our service includes personalised, one-on-one consultation in your home, to design the window coverings that best suit you and your lifestyle.


The strength of our company means we have maximum buying power, and can pass on affordable prices to you when you buy your blinds and shutters. We watch market trends, and listen closely to customer feedback, to provide the kind of services and value for money that you deserve.

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