Awnings: question-answer

What are awnings?

Awnings are systems that consist of a frame with fabric strain on it. Usually they mean folding or retractable constructions as awnings, though sometimes stationary fabric sheds over windows or shop windows are also called so. History of awnings started several centuries ago in France; the most popular form then was canopy (or “cupola”) awning. Nowadays awnings can have most different and extraordinary forms, but most widely spread are canopies and retractable awnings.

How to choose an awning in a right way?

Choice of an awning is dependent of the sphere of its usage, your demands to functionality and appearance of the construction. You can choose a construction by yourself, using our section “Solutions” as help, and pages devoted to certain awnings, where we maximally detailly spotlight the sphere of applying of each awning, and show examples how each awning looks like in life. You can also apply to our specialists for consultation, we will recommend you variants of products that respond to your demands the best way.

Awnings of what producers do we offer?

Almost all awnings offered by us are produced in Germany. From the very beginning of work it was decided to present German awnings of the leading European producer of awnings, the Leiner plant, on Russian market; nowadays our experience proves that these awnings stay unrivalled according their technical characteristics. However, recently we replenished our assortment with economical Italian models, the most successful in their class, that we have chosen for the best price-quality balance.

what fabrics are used for production of awnings, and what colours they can have?

We use Sauleda acrylic fabrics that are produced especially to be used outdoors for production of our awnings. These durable fabrics are known for special antifungal treatment and Teflon coating. They demonstrate the best results on a row of characteristics: they do not fade on sun, they are waterproof, they do not rot, and are tensile resistant. Teflon coating permits them to resist dirt and keep brightness and perfect appearance for a long time.

We present you fabrics of Spanish factory Sauleda, one of the oldest in Europe, because it is this company that proves it advantages on the market, decade after decade. Sauleda fabrics are not just durable and resistant to any influence of environment; they successfully stand conditions of Russian climate, and are not afraid of neither sun nor frosts. Sauleda also presents incredible collections of colours that are not alike each other; they are plain and striped, elegant and brave. You can see the colours on this page.

Besides, we use Soltis and PVC fabrics that are necessary for producing of transparent vertical awnings in our production.

You can learn more about types and colours of awning fabrics here.

what colour can accessories and frame of an awning be?

For the majority of awnings, standard colour of accessories is white. However, they can be coloured in any colour according to the RAL catalogue. In case of retractable awnings (folding arm and cassette), square bars, side bearings, and the awning frame can be coloured; it is not possible to colour folding arms.

What is a lambrequin, and what shapes it might have?

A lambrequin is a valance along the edge of the awning.

lambrequins have decorative function, so, according to your wish, it is possible to produce an awning without them. However, when you speak about classical window or retractable (folding arm) awnings, the absolute majority of our clients prefer to order awnings with lambrequins; besides, they can be removed easily.

In case of retractable cassette awnings, lambrequins are not used very often, because the front edge of the awning is covered with cassette cap, and there is no need in additional decorations. At the same time, they can be installed, and in some cases this solution looks very advantageous. You can see how a cassette awning with a lambrequin looks like on an example of one of our projects.

Besides, for cassette awnings, there is a possibility to install a retractable lambrequin Vario-Volantthat carries a function of an additional vertical cassette.

is it possible to make a transparent awning?

As the idea with retractable and window awnings, that is sun protection, supposes non-transparent constructions, speaking about transparent awnings, we mean different vertical models. Vertical awnings can be made both from classical awning fabrics, and with transparent PVC inserts. In this case a transparent insert ought to be sewn into classical awning fabric “Dralon”, because PVC film has no suitable characteristics to work as independent canvas for an awning. The width of a transparent insert can be up to 125 cm, and if you order an awning of bigger width, e.g., 4×3 m, the transparent inserts can be sewn in according to the scheme:

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the awnings can also be produced of special perforated fabric called Soltis.

Is it possible to print pictures and inscriptions on the awning fabric, and how much does it cost?

It is possible to print any inscriptions or images. The price for print is counted according to four main parameters:

  • image size
  • where in particular the print ought to be put, on the canvas or on the lambrequin of the awning. Print on canvas that are much bigger than decorative lambrequins, is technologically more difficult, that is why it is more expensive.
  • amount of colours used
  • As a rule, three first points is enough in order to calculate the cost of print of inscriptions and logos. However, in cases when print of big complicated images is needed, it is possible to calculate the final cost after receiving of design layout, because coefficients of difficulty can be applied.
Upon what an awning price depends, and what is included in the basic cost?

In order to calculate any awning, the main parameter is its size. Please note that the price is being calculated not per square meter, but according to width and height. In order to calculate majority of awnings you should know: model, width along the façade and desirable projection from the wall. For vertical awnings, it is width and height.

The complement includes: construction with awning fabric of any colour, crank for manual operation of the awning, brackets for attachment to the wall.

Additionally are counted: automatics (electric motors, remote controls, sun, rain and wind sensors), print on the fabric, painting of accessories, production of transparent inserts of PVC for vertical awnings, and other additional options.

Is it possible to change the fabric on the awning without ordering of a new construction?

Is it possible. Reupholstery of awnings with new fabric is a service that is mostly wanted by corporate clients; it happens because fabric keeps its qualities longer on countryside houses, than if the awnings are used commercially in the centre of the city. In order to produce new fabric for awnings, they should be dismounted and brought to our production department, or you can order dismounting and delivery by our forces. The cost of this work is calculated depending on the model and construction size.

Is it possible to install an awning by myself?

Mounting of the most popular constructions can be easily done by yourself. We can provide you with all information and consultations that is necessary for it.

We recommend to install models like Pergola or Parus by our specialists, or by skilled assemble workers together with our informative support.

How to operate an awning?

Awnings can be with manual or automatic operation.

For manual operation you can use a crank, the awning is opened and closed quickly and without big efforts. Depending from the height of installation, cranks from 80 cm to 3 m long are used.

Installation of electric motor on an awning gives a lot of advantages: that is simplicity of operating, possibility to install wind, sun, and rain sensors additionally, that excludes incorrect usage of an awning and prolongs the term of its service; besides, automatic operating is the best way out in case of big amount of awnings, when manual opening and closing takes a lot of time.

What care an awning needs?

Awnings are constructions that are made to be used outdoors, so they are not demanding by their nature, and do not need special treatment. The awnings should be used according to the instruction of exploitation, retractable awnings should be folded up when the wind is strong. Wind resistance differs among different awning models: folding arm awnings of big sizes are mostly subjected to shielding, while vertical awnings due to their construction can be used even in the strongest wind.

It is possible to wash the awnings with help of a kerher or garden hose; in this case you can’t use hard brush or chemical essences in order not to damage Teflon coating of the fabric.

is it possible to use awnings in winter time?

Different awning models have different index of wind resistance and different spheres of use, so the3ir use in winter differ. Vertical awnings are all-season construction, and their use in winter time is not just possible, but many of our clients install them especially for protection from snow and cold winter wind. Canopy awnings are often kept open in winter, and folded only in case they through snow and ice from roof. However, if you wish, they can be removed or folded up for winter time. Retractable awnings (both folding arm and cassette) are removed or folded up for winter. It is not possible to use retractable awnings as shield from snow, because its weight can damage the mechanism of the awning.

How many years can an awning serve?

In case the awning is exploited in the right way, its mechanism can serve up to 10 and more years. The awning fabric, as a rule, loses its attractive view earlier, especially if you speak about commercial use of an awning (the fabric is more exposed to dirt on the first floor in the centre of a city). In these cases it is not necessary to order new awning, it is enough just to reupholst the fabric.

What warranties can we give?

We give warranty no less than 1 year. The warranty can be prolonged up to 5 years, in case of concluding a treaty for service; in this case our specialists will yearly, on an appointed time, make a search of an awning, and, in necessity, regulating of an awning.

where can we see ready awning samples alive?

On page Contacts You can find telephones and addresses of our showrooms where awning samples are represented; there you can also see catalogues of fabrics, and take our leaflets.

How to make an order?

To make an order, please contact our offices in Moscow or St.Petersburg by any way that is convenient to you. For clients from other cities, or regional dealers, there is a special toll free all-Russia number.
You can also apply to us by e-mail or use a form of order online.

How to become your dealer?

In order to discuss al details of cooperation, receive price lists and treaty samples, please contact one of our offices in Moscow or in St.Petersburg. The dealers department will present you information about work conditions, catalogues of products, commercial printwork, technical documents, and other necessary information.