Investing in a new awning can help you transform your home’s exterior – whether it’s adding a new aesthetic, shading your interiors, or making an outdoor space more functional and usable year-round. However, not all awnings are created equal, and it’s certainly worth investing in a quality solution. Here are several reasons why:
Australia has some extreme weather conditions, and it’s essential you choose an awning that can withstand wind, rain and heat. It’s why most of Luxaflex’s awnings are made to measure in our Australian factories. Our local production ensures we maintain strict quality controls and faster lead times for our customers. We also stand behind our products by offering a 5 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty.#
The Luxaflex® Evo MagnaTrack® awning, in particular, is a premium solution for wind-prone environments. This unique awning harnesses the power of Rare Earth Neodymium Magnets within its side channels to hold the fabric in place, and provides a smooth, flat finish with unparalleled strength - meaning it can stay down even in windy conditions. When tested with a 3.5 metre opening span, it has been independently tested to withstand wind pressures up to 185kph^ by James Cook University’s Cyclone Testing Station, making it Australia’s strongest, wind tested, straight drop awning.
The Luxaflex® System 2000 Awning is another award-winning system that has been specifically designed to be strong, robust, and to last in the toughest Australian environments. Available in a variety of fabrics, the System 2000 range can perform in adverse weather conditions and has been wind load tested by the CSIRO to ensure suitability in most Australian weather conditions.
The headbox of this awning is also made from steel and Zincalume®, which results in a tougher protective coating that’s more resistant to scratches and scuffs. The headbox’s end caps and the knuckles on the arms are made from UV stabilised polymers which offer unrivalled strength, durability and will not corrode even when exposed to the harsh Australian environment.
Luxaflex® Metal Louvre Awnings are also extremely effective in providing privacy, light control and air flow for balconies and external windows.
Many interior awnings may look like they provide protection from the sun, but it’s easy for UV rays to penetrate and cause damage – both to people or furnishings.
The Luxaflex range of awnings is designed with sun protection in mind, and there are various options to consider when choosing your specific awning.
The Luxaflex® Evo MagnaTrack® Awning, for instance, offers Luxaflex® Spectra Fibreglass Sunscreen fabric, which can help eliminate up to 95% of solar heat, bringing you long-term energy savings and helping you feel comfortable no matter what the weather’s doing.
Luxaflex® Straight Drop Awnings also you to turn outdoor spaces into new ‘rooms’ of your home, adding a shade ‘wall’ which can block UV rays and keep most insects and bugs out, but let air and light in.
With a quality awning, you can also potentially save hundreds every year on your cooling costs. An awning shading a window reduces the radiant energy passing through the glass into the room. When the radiant energy touches an object inside it gets hot, increasing the temperature inside the room.
As up to 87%* of a home’s heat gain in summer is through the windows and heating/cooling appliances use 41%^ of household energy, there are substantial long term savings to be made with the effective use of awnings, such as the Luxaflex® Evo Awning.
For windows that attract a lot of direct light in the heat of summer, you could also consider adding a fixed awning to shade your interiors.
Luxaflex Canopy Awnings a come in a wide range of styles and colours and particularly suit period and mid-century homes. A versatile choice, they can be used over windows, doors or even walkways. As well as shielding the sun, they also offer protection from the rain.
When you choose a provider like Luxaflex, you also have considerable variety with regarding to your awnings and the options available.
Luxaflex offers a wide range of outdoor awnings with which you can cover terraces, patios, verandas or decks.
Luxaflex® Folding Arm Awnings are a great option as they offer the ultimate in flexibility and control, and can be retracted when not in use. You also have the option of PowerView® Motorisation so you can operate your awning with the touch of a button - even when you’re not home.
Luxaflex® Fixed Metal Awnings can also provide perfect shading for patios, verandas, external windows and doors. This option is also highly durable, and optional closed sides and mitred corners are available on some models.
Luxaflex® Straight Drop Awnings allow you to turn outdoor spaces into new ‘rooms’ of your home, adding a shade ‘wall’ which can keep most insects and bugs out, but let air and light in.
If you’re interested in finding out more about keeping your home cooler in summer using Luxaflex window coverings, the first step is to speak with us today by arranging a consultation with a local Luxaflex dealer.
# Conditions apply. Visit www.luxaflex.com.au for warranty details.
*Based on independent modelling conducted by White Box Technologies in conjunction with Peter Lyons & Associates. June 2013