If you are trying to gain an understanding of your awning options and how much it is going to cost, size plays an important part. Width and projection are the main factors to consider, and finding your approximate measurements is simple.
This refers to the length of the wall-mounted bar. To get a rough idea of width, use a tape measure in a horizontal line across the wall. Measure straight across any gutters as if they weren’t there; brackets are available to sit the awning in front of them.
You will see widths are rounded up to the nearest 0.5m on our website. This is to make finding an approximate price quicker and easier. Markilux and Weinor actually work to the nearest cm, so it’s possible to be more precise when ordering. This can be very handy for fitting the awning between two walls or other architectural features. Across our range, the largest maximum widths are 7m for a single patio awning unit. Most awnings we sell are around the 3m wide mark.
Pairing – for a Larger Width
If you were hoping for a projection wider than 7m, many awnings can be coupled. This is possible for patio, veranda, freestanding, conservatory and vertical designs.
For example, the Weinor Livona patio awning can be paired to reach a maximum width of 12m, and the Markilux 1650 14.1m. In some instances this can be done seamlessly, with synchronised remote control operation, a junction segment to bridge the gap in the fabric, and sometimes even a single front bar. Some awnings, like the Markilux 1700, allow for three units to be joined in this way.
Projection refers to how far the awning will extend away from the wall. It doesn’t take the pitch into consideration, and measured as if the tape measure is lying flat along the top of the fabric. Projection will be a multiple of 0.5m, and less than 4m. The projection often needs to be 0.5m less than the width to support the structure effectively, but our team will be able to advise on this. Our most common projection for a patio awning is 2.5m, but it all depends on how much shading you want to provide. With window awnings, projection is replaced by vertical height.
Stretch and MiniMax – For a Larger Projection
These patio awnings are Markilux and Weinor’s solutions for spaces which require a larger projection than width. They use special folding arms and other technology to support the weight effectively.
The Markilux 1700 Stretch is an example which offers this flexibility. It is available in projections up to 4m with a width as small as 2.25m.
The required awning pitch will be calculated by your surveyor. It does not affect the price of an awning, but it does affect the amount of shading it can provide. Imagine a level horizontal line from the top of the awning cassette; pitch affects the angle at which the awning cover comes away from this.
Roché recommend a pitch of at least 14° for patio awnings, which is adequate for encouraging rain to run off the surface without compromising too much head height or shading.
The pitch is fixed in place by your installer.
Your survey is where we’ll take precise measurements, so don’t worry about getting everything completely accurate. The prices on the website provide an approximate indication based on your size requirements, but your survey will allow us to gain a better indication of your requirements and calculate a formal price quotation. Contact us to book a free, no-obligation survey.