Wintergarden Awnings are used extensively throughout the Mediterranean countries as an excellent and decorative form of sun protection. These attractive retractable awnings are essentially a soft furnishing that is constructed from a loose draped fabric attached at regular intervals to hanger bars that slide up and down the fixed runners. Operation is usually by way of a simple manual cord, pulley and cleat system. In hotter countries, such as Spain, Italy and Greece, where the weather is much kinder during the summer months, these Wintergarden Awnings adorn many street cafe's, bars and restaurants. In the UK however, because of our significantly wetter climate, their use is restricted more to the indoor environment, and hence their ideal suitability as a Conservatory Shading Solution. We have perfected an outdoor version of our Wintergarden Awning, utilising stainless-steel tension cables as the main supports, however, as the draped fabric remains horizontal when extended, there is a huge and potentially dangerous tendancy for the awning to collect large quantities of rainwater. To alleviate this problem, we install stainless-steel drainage eyelets at regular intervals at the centres of every fabric drape. This then enables our exterior Wintergarden Awning to be used on the underside of a traditional garden pergola, thus creating an ideal external sunshade. Because we have created adequate water drainage, the potential is now there to cover exceptionally large areas, however, quite clearly these awnings are only suitable specifically for sun protection purposes only. For this reason we also recommend solely the use of our extensive range of lightweight Para acrylic cloth for the construction of your Wintergarden Awning, which is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use.
Here is an example of an Arquati Exterior Wintergarden Awning, providing a perfect area of sunshade adjacent to this Mediterranean swimming pool. The powdercoated steel framework with integral runners and sturdy upright posts have been designed to neatly support the draped Para acrylic fabric.
This is an example of our own Exterior Wintergarden Awning system, operated by way of a manual cording system, and supported by tensioned stainless-steel running cables. The two fabric drapes are each 7 meters square, creating the ideal shading to this sun terrace in Para 79 light grey acrylic fabric.
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