If you’re lucky enough to have a patio or sun terrace, you’ll know how satisfying this space is in the height of summer. In the comfort of your own garden, taking time out to spend precious time with friends and family is truly priceless. So, imagine if you could prolong these occasions without being interrupted by the great British weather. Well, innovative awning solutions are helping homeowners across Hertfordshire and Middlesex to do just that! Market leading awning manufacturers from Germany are designing awnings that not only provide shelter but create a contemporary space that’s perfect to sit back and relax in throughout the hottest months of the year.
With a plethora of ground-breaking awning technologies and solar sunshade designs, we thought we’d save time by comparing two of the top awning providers to help you make an informed decision on the best investment choice for your home this summer.
Weinor vs Markilux
As one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of high quality patio, balcony and conservatory awnings, the Weinor brand are multi award-winners right across their awe-inspiring awning range. With 18 breath-taking awning and glass outdoor building solutions to choose from, Weinors awning range is completely motorised and can be customised as much as you like. With an amazing 174 fabrics and 200 frame colours to choose from, their dedication to quality shines right through to their sales techniques. This is because Weinor don’t sell their products online, instead they have specialized dealers who are fully qualified in the art of sunshade technology. This allows for strict quality control, prompt delivery and installation options that successfully deliver ultimate peace of mind for Hertfordshire homeowners. Weinor awning accessories include LED light bars or spotlights, outdoor heating units and permanent roof vents.
To ease you into this beautiful brand, we thought we’d share our most popular Weinor installations with you;
Cassita II / LED
This elegantly fashionable cassette awning design complements modern home interiors, and it’s easy to see why this design has won 3 design awards; iF product design award 2014, reddot award 2014 winner and the Focus open 2014 silver award. It’s purist, flat oval-shaped design with concealed fixings and screws allow for quick and easy installation; only requiring two fixing brackets. With many diverse ways to customise this awning and truly make it yours, the optional LED light bars are a stroke of genius that allow you to appreciate your patio space further into those sizzling summer evenings.
Livona / LED
The lovely Livona awning design from Weinor is another award-winning design, receiving an honourable mention reddot award 2014 and taking the iF design award 2015. Its minimalist structure allows for the ultimate open plan lifestyle, whilst creating a ‘floating on air’ feeling. Allowing for optional LED light bar inclusion, there’s also the option for integrated vertical privacy and sun protection by integrating the versatile Livona / Valance Plus option.
Opal Design II / LED
The Opal Design II cassette awning smoothly combines timeless, classical design with state-of-the-art Weinor technology. Another award-winning awning, taking the iF Product design award 2014 and German design award special mention 2014, it’s slimline and weatherproof multi-section units make it the ideal option for larger patio areas. Able to withstand an impressive wind force 5, it’s end cap closure system is exceptionally safe too. Allowing for preferential LED light bar inclusion, there’s also the option for integrated vertical privacy, anti-glare and sun protection by integrating the versatile Opal Design II/ Valance Plus option.
PergoTex II / LED
Pergola originates from the Latin ‘pergula’, which means a projecting eave. Weinor have two retractable pergola awning/canopy solutions to choose from – the most popular being the PergoTex II / LED. It’s intelligent Cabrio-folding canopy system is weatherproof and completely retractable at the push of a button. With integrated drainage and requestable LED light bar inclusion, it’s unsurprising that this retractable canopy solution also has a multitude of awards attached to its name. With a choice of fabrics and frame colours, the PergoTex II can even be retrofitted with user-friendly, easy-glide sliding walls on all sides for additional protection whilst still being able to embrace the sheer joy of being outside.
At the forefront of awning technology, Weinor also have an interactive 3D designing tool to take advantage of before making any hasty decision.
Offering a wide range of patio, balcony and conservatory awnings to choose from, Markilux has been one of the largest German awning and glazing brands for over a quarter of a century. With an array of design awards under their belts, their awnings adequately allow for more space on patios or terraces throughout the summer months. Markilux’ awning range uses a stainless-steel winding handle as standard, with an optional hardwired electric or radio-controlled motor. With more than 250 patterns colour coordinated by theme to individualize your awning, Markilux also have a ‘colour on demand’ system; allowing you to choose your own colour. Markilux’ accessories include pitch adjustment gear and light & wind sensors. However, Markilux retailers do not offer a supply only service and their online costs do not include the likes of brackets, installation costs, additional control options and transport charges.
As you can see, awning design has really evolved with the times to bring homeowners an alternative to al fresco living that’s truly spectacular. For further help and advice to find your perfect awning or modern outdoor glazed building solution, visit our showroom, request a call back or get in touch with one of the Chase Window’s team who will be happy to take your awning project to the next level.