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Should I Invest in an Awning or Pergola?

Which is the Right Choice for Your Home?

Looking to transform your outdoor space but can’t decide between an awning and a pergola? Here’s everything you need to know, including why awnings could be a better choice.

What are awnings and pergolas?

First of all, let’s look at what awnings and pergolas actually are. If you’ve only just started looking into them both, you maybe not be entirely sure how they differ.
An awning is a fabric covering that is attached to your house, and it extends out to provide protection from the sun (or rain!). They are a great option for providing shelter from the elements all year round, and they can be adjusted to give you the exact amount of coverage that you need.
A pergola differs from an awning in that it is not attached to the property. Rather, it is its own self-supporting structure with that support a roof. The roof, in most cases, is a grid of beams that can be draped with a covering to provide shade.

Weighing up the benefits

What are the benefits of awnings?

  • Awnings provide protection from the sun, and shaded areas can be as much as 20 degrees cooler. They’re the perfect way to beat a summer heatwave!
  • You don’t need a lot of outdoor space
  • They provide privacy if your patio is overlooked
  • They can keep the interior of your property cooler too, bringing the benefits inside
  • An awning will protect your patio furniture from weather exposure, extending its lifespan
  • They can add value to a home, as they demonstrate to a buyer than the garden can be used all year round

Pergolas are a great option for those who want to create interest elsewhere in their garden, such as near a pond or flower bed. As they are a free-standing structure, they can be placed anywhere in a garden. However, they do not provide as many benefits as awnings in terms of shade and adding value to a home. If you’re looking at really improving your overall outdoor experience, we would always recommend awnings.

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To find out more about awnings and how they could work in your property, please get in touch with our expert team today.