A drop arm awning works by pivoting in an arc – pivoting downwards to lower the awning and upwards to retract it away. The arms hold the awning in place when it is fully extended, stretching the fabric over and out across the window.
You see them used in many homes but what makes them such a great option?
Here’s what you need to know.
Drop Arm Awnings are Flexible
One benefit of drop arm awnings is that you have a lot of flexibility with them. That is, you can choose from a huge range of different sizes and styles. Drop arm awnings can be used on small windows through to windows that are 5 metres wide or even wider! You can also choose from a range of fabrics, with just some including canvas, acrylic, PVC, and mesh screens. The choice in fabrics naturally gives you a huge amount of choice in the look of the drop arm awning, whether it is going to be a solid colour, semi-transparent, or have patterns on it.
Drop Arm Awnings are Easy to Use
Drop arm awnings are also incredibly easy to use. If you choose to operate them manually, this is easily done using a conveniently located crank handle or winder. However, you can choose to motorise the awning so that it can be raised or lowered at the push of a button. With a motorised awning, you can even fit sun and wind sensors, which will automatically lower the awning when it is sunny, and retract it when it is windy (as wind can actually damage your awning).
Drop Arm Awnings are Great for Ventilation
Drop arm awnings also give you a greater amount of air circulation in and around the home. This is because they leave quite a large amount of space between the awning itself and the window, allowing the air to freely circulate. You can easily ventilate your home without having to retract the awning, allowing you to naturally cool your home.
Drop Arm Awnings Improve Energy Efficiency
Of course, drop arm awnings are also great for improving the energy efficiency of your home, especially in the summer months. This is because they are an effective form of shading for your windows and glass areas, keeping the heat off and stopping it from reaching the windows, where it can transfer into the home. In fact, the heat doesn’t have a chance to get near the windows at all because of how drop arm awnings sit away from the window! As well as keeping your home naturally cooler, drop arm awnings will also protect your carpets, furniture, and soft furnishings from fading.