Did you know that shading your windows with external awnings can reflect up to 75% of heat from entering your home? You’ll not only stay cooler – you’ll save money on your cooling bills and protect your valuable furnishings from UV damage.
Contemporary to traditional, our awning range is extensive with something to suit almost every home. Our experienced staff can advise on the most suitable option to suit your individual needs, and we offer professional installation.
Awning manufacture is a large part of our core business, with many of our range manufactured locally, at our South Geelong facilities. Using only the highest quality components, our awnings are designed to stay looking good and protect your home from the sun for many years.
Automatic Locking Arm Awnings
Automatic Locking Arm Awnings, also commonly referred to as ‘autos’ may have been around for a long time, but still provide an excellent shading solution and are simple to operate. You simply pull the awning down and the arms lock into position where you stop it. Pushing down on the front rail then releases the arms, enabling the awning to be retracted or pulled further down if required.
Available in either traditional canvas fabric or sunscreen mesh – they can be adapted to suit both traditional and contemporary homes.
Side Tension Channel (STC)
Also referred to as ‘zip screen’ awnings, due to the zip applied to the side of the fabric to hold it into the side track system. Our STC awnings are our premium straight drop system, ideal for enclosing balconies and courtyards. The fabric is tensioned into a floating side channel system and secured by the locking bottom rail. These awnings can be manually operated by crank control, or motorised for ease of use.
Please note that although these awnings are great for enclosing these areas, and will stop most of the wind, we do advise that you retract the awnings in strong wind, to avoid risk of potential damage and are also mindful that over time windy conditions may cause fabric to stretch and look baggy.
The Alpha Awning range includes Cable Guide, Side Tension Channel (STC), Straight drop and Pivot Arm Awnings. This stylish range of awnings has been designed and engineered in Australia, making them ideal for our climate conditions. Developed to meet market demand for a modern and contemporary hardware system suited to new architectural building designs.
The standard hardware is now available in six fashion colours, 5 of which are inspired by popular Colorbond® colours, with other powder coat colours available to order for an additional charge.
Cable Guide Awnings
A great contemporary straight drop, manufactured using high tensile 2.5mm, 316 grade stainless steel cables, making them also suitable for coastal applications. With a locking bottom rail, the fabric is held taut and minimises bottom rail movement. Available in a manual, (crank operation) or motorised.
Pivot Arm Awnings
The Pivot Arm awning is designed to project the fabric off the window, ideal for awning style windows that open out. The fabric forms a canopy that allows air to flow behind the awning, and for the windows to be opened while the awning is down.
Selected products in the Alpha Awning range can span up to 5 metres wide.
We source our fabrics from reputable suppliers from within Australia. Our fabrics are a mix of imported and Australian made.
Hunter Douglas Everview External Screen fabric is available in 22 fashionable colours. This 2 x2 weave 100% PVC coated polyester fabric provides strength and stabilty, with a 10% openness providing excellent visibility whilst eliminating heat and glare.
Manufactured in the USA, Everview External Screen fabric meets the certification required by Greenguard® for low chemical emissions.
Everview is protected by Microban® antimicrobial protection – which inhibits the growth of bacteria, mould and mildew and is covered by a 5 year warranty.
Vistaweave Plus from Radins - 2 x 2 weave 100% PVC coated polyester, manufactured in the USA, with a 5% openness factor and an even construction in warp and weft. Vistaweave Plus also has Greenguard® certification and a 10 year limited warranty against UV degradation.
The benefit of using the 2×2 weave mesh fabrics, means that the fabric is strong in both directions, enabling us to ‘railroad’ fabric at times to manufacture larger awnings without the need for joins. If we do need to join the fabric, this is welded using a high frequency fabric welder, so you don’t notice the joins much at all and they are very strong.
Hunter Douglas Canvas is Australian manufactured with a 5 year guarantee. Extremely durable, this quality canvas range has a compsition of 52% polyester, 48% cotton with a paint coats finish available in 39 colours – striped and plain. Also including Duraguard® fabric protection, making it resistant to dirt and stains.
Canvas fabric is only available as 2.2m wide, so larger awnings do require joins, which are sewn or stitched using a twin needle machine – ensuring they too are very strong.
Straight Drop Awnings
A more traditional straight drop awning that uses no guides, making it suitable for situations where guides or cables are not possible. This awning is strapped down to a rail or the floor. Available only in a manually, crank operated version, with a choice of enclosed head box or open roller.
Canvas vs Mesh
One of the things we get asked about a lot is our awning fabrics, with the main one being - is canvas better then mesh?
Both fabrics have their features and benefits, so it often comes down to what you are wanting to achieve. Yes, canvas may keep your home slightly cooler (1-2 degrees) on consistently hot days, however the mesh fabrics are designed to breathe, so that the hot air doesn’t remain trapped between your awning and the glass. On hot days you need to put your canvas awnings up at night, to allow the built up heat to escape properly.
Because mesh doesn’t darken your room inside as much as canvas will, we find that people do tend to use them more – leaving them down through the summer months, providing maximum protection – although we do recommend you put your awnings up in windy and stormy conditions to avoid potential damage.
The other benefit of mesh is that you can still see out – so you don’t loose your view, but you gain daytime privacy along with sun and uv protection.
Canvas is Australian made, where our mesh fabrics are imported – however as we mentioned before we only use quality fabrics from reputable suppliers that are fully guaranteed.
We invite you to visit our showroom to see our extensive range.