Do you have a lovely outdoor space that you don’t use enough?
With spring around the corner, you might be aching to use your garden again. And as the warmer months approach, patio awnings might be just what you need to fall back in love with your outdoor space.
With UV protection and shelter from the rain, a patio awning is a real no-brainer if you have an outdoor patio. But how much does a patio awning cost? In this blog, we’ll do a deep dive into all the factors that determine how much you can expect to pay for a patio awning.
What Is A Patio Awning?
You can’t ask: ‘How much does a patio awning cost?’ without first knowing what it is!
A patio awning is an overhead fabric attached to your house, providing shade in the garden. It provides UV protection, respite from the sun and shelter in the rain – so you can read a book or host a dinner party outside no matter the weather!
There are different types of patio awnings:
- Fixed awnings – these are attached to the side of your house by a fixed bracket.
- Straight drop awnings – outdoor blinds which drop straight down for shade.
- Retractable awnings can be extended when in use and put away to keep a sleek, seamless look in your outdoor space.
- Freestanding awnings – instead of being attached to your house, these are usually mounted on a pole which can be moved.
What Are The Benefits Of A Patio Awning?
When considering the patio awning cost, it’s worth weighing up the benefits of having it in your garden. And luckily, there are many!
UV is the big bad we’ve all heard about. Too many ultraviolet rays on your skin over time can cause a lot of damage to the cells, and that’s the last thing you want to think about when you’re outside reading a magazine!
Shelter From Rain
Do you love the soft sound of rain pattering on a window or roof? Fun fact: the word for it is pluviophile if you’re interested! With a patio awning, you can enjoy a sensory haven outdoors of rain hitting the fabric of your awning without having to dry off when you come inside.
Nosy neighbours? No problem! You can enjoy your garden time in peace with a patio awning without the feeling that you’re being watched from overhead.
Adds Shade Inside The Home
Adding a patio awning can mean that you can lose a little extra glare when the sun is overhead. Which is perfect for south-facing windows that trap heat in the house. So you can put away the electric fans for a little longer.
Protects Outdoor Furniture
No more water pooling on your barbecue, rusty chairs or mouldy cushions. A patio awning adds that little extra protection to your garden furniture, meaning you don’t have to shell out replacing it every year.
Listen, we know what the average Scottish summer looks like… very rainy! But with a patio awning, you can entertain your guests with a cosy outdoor space and enjoy a change of scenery by eating outside. Letting you observe the beautiful space you have created in your own garden!
Outdoor umbrellas don’t always last. Over time they begin to develop damp patches and mould – and they aren’t cheap to replace! If you invest in a patio awning, you’re keeping yourself cool, dry and protected for longer.
You get the idea. There is a multitude of benefits to fitting some shade to your walls. But how much does a patio awning cost?
How Much Does A Patio Awning Cost When You DIY?
It might be tempting to pop into your local hardware store and pick up the tools to fix a patio awning to the wall yourself. Depending on the shape of the roof, the height of the wall and the cladding used, you may need to pick up some additional brackets to ensure that the awning is secure.
With that in mind, how much does a DIY patio awning cost?
If you opt for an off-the-shelf patio awning, it could start from as little as £100-£250. Of course, you’ll need to know what you are doing to install anything overhead – and the last thing you want is for all your hard work to collapse!
Let’s suppose that you do know how to install an awning on your wall. You might be too keen to cut costs on your home projects, but the DIY patio awning cost isn’t always monetary.
The Risks Of DIY Patio Awning
You see, doing your own patio awning can be extremely dangerous. Not down to shoddy workmanship but down to the fact that you only have limited domestic equipment available when you DIY.
Not to mention that the weight of the aluminium frame can make self-installation a really risky task to complete on your own. Even working from the ground floor of a house, you could be in for a life-changing injury if something goes wrong. After all, it’s one thing when a blind or curtain you fitted comes down. It’s another when a heavy aluminium pole swings loose and risks knocking someone out. Or if a strong gust of Highland wind is too much for your domestic screws from B&Q.
Yes, you can fix your own patio awning for a low cost, but we strongly recommend you don’t.
Besides, in your average DIY store, you’ll only have a set number of choices for width, style, material and colour – so you’re essentially buying a slightly more expensive sun umbrella, which may rip, meaning you’ll have to buy another. Not only is this bad for your wallet, but it’s bad for the planet too!
So how much does a good patio awning cost from a professional installer?
Professionally Installed Patio Awning Cost
A number of factors feed into the cost of a patio awning when you’re buying from a pro. These include (but are not limited to):
- Style – will often depend on your property type (whether it’s a bungalow or a multi-floored house). Bungalow awnings can include additional safety features to ensure the brackets are is secure on the walls.
- Size – awnings are priced by the area they cover, so it’s important to measure how much of your patio you want covered.
- Automation – do you want a retractable awning? And if so, are you going for a manual one or an accessible motorised one? This can also make a difference in the price.
Generally speaking, having a patio awning installed by a professional with high-quality components can cost you between £2,840 and £7,835.
At The Scottish Shutter Company, we absolutely swear by the Luxaflex Base Plus awning. It does so much more than offer a little bit of shade; it offers unbeatable UV protection, fully waterproof material and advanced windbreaker technology to ensure that you aren’t caught out by a strong wind.
The Luxaflex Base Plus also comes with LED lighting arms, so you can finally enjoy that summer feeling under the stars even when the weather isn’t so summery. It perfectly complements your outdoor space with the vast array of colours you can choose from!
Luxaflex awnings not only come with a five-year warranty on all parts, protecting your investment; you can even choose a motorised option to retract your awning easily at the click of a button.
How much does a Luxaflex patio awning cost? We have always been extremely transparent about our pricing. Our manual option starts at £2,840 and goes up to £5,675. The electronic automated awning starts at £4,695 and goes up to £7,835.
If this still isn’t specific enough, we have a full price breakdown on our Awnings page.
Is There Anything Else I Need To Think About?
Before you purchase an awning, we would discuss the best position and option for your property.
Whether or not you are considering a motorised awning for your patio, we will carefully examine the wall it’s attaching to and conduct a thorough safety assessment. The Scottish Shutter Company has over 35 years of experience fitting shutters, blinds and awnings to properties like yours, so you can rest assured knowing that you’re in safe hands!
If you have more questions about all things patio awning, why not check out our Awnings page on our site?
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