Balcony and Patio Cover Ideas
Today’s property owner can select a variety of shade solution products to meet all individual needs and budgetary constraints. Here we take a look at three balcony and patio cover ideas.
Sail Shade Awnings
Sail shade awnings are one of the most cost-effective, yet attractive and long-lasting outdoor shade solutions available on the market today. Offered in a wide range of tensile structures, this form of outdoor shade cover is available in stretch-canvas sails and Thermoflex structures – a durable and highly flexible polyurethane based heat vinyl.
Ideal for use as carport shade, an innovative and eye-catching alternative method of covering a larger outdoor space is to string standard-size awnings together, giving a Bedouin tent appearance. Sail shades are also an attractive and popular choice of commercial enterprises to extend outdoor dining and pub facilities. The sails can withstand high winds, are easy to maintain and are fade, mould and rot-resistant.
Freestanding pergolas provide an entertainment area that does not restrict natural airflow or sunlight. Supported by four posts, these are available in a variety of roof systems such as canvas, aluminium louvres or translucent polycarbonate sheeting. Pergolas also offer an ideal structure for attractive climbing plants to enhance aesthetic appeal.
Awnings are available in all shapes and sizes and in a wide variety of different materials with design attributes to appeal to even the most fastidious homeowner. Manufacturing technique advancements have seen the development of high-quality insulated roofing panels, either translucent or tinted acrylic sheeting, aluminium-coloured roof boards, polycarbonate patio roofing and bronze-tinted boarding. All of these products are UV-resistant.