Fold arm awnings are also sometimes called retractable awnings and are quite sought out. One can use Fold arm awnings to increase the living space to the outdoors while giving them the comfort of sitting under a shady tree. The awnings make your deck or patio cooler so you can enjoy the great outdoors even in the summer heat.
You can provide the finishing touches to your garden, terraces and windows with folding arm awnings. Since they come in different sizes, one can use it to enhance their residential or commercial setting.
How does the fold arm awning work?
The awning contains a moveable joint along with fabric. It is in a cassette hung on the wall which allows the awning to be folded or stowed away. It is a convenient way to store the awning when it is not in use. The arm of the awning has springs that can push the arms open with the tendon of the awning’s elbow. It lets the arm extend the fabric cover when it is opened. To further understand, let us look at the type of components used in the awnings:
Telescope and articulated arms
There are two arms that make the arm of the awning retractable: telescope and articulated arms. The telescope arms use the cylinder filled with gas. Over the course of its use, the gas would leak and need refilling. The telescope arms are used for awnings that would cover small areas. The articulated arm, on the other hand, opens in various stages. It begins with the extension of the spring-loaded arm. Then the other arm extends. The arms can extend and retract either automatically or manually based on the awning type.
Manual and motorized awning
Another thing that differentiates awning is if it is manual or motorized. Motorized awning is more convenient. But their maintenance and repair costs are higher. The awning is powered by a motor. It makes the awning easy to open and close. Some motorized awning comes with special sensors. They can detect the weather and act accordingly. They would extend during a hot sunny day to provide shade or retract during a windy day to prevent the awnings from being damaged.
The material of the awning
The material is usually very durable and weather resistant. This is to make sure that the awning would still work whatever the weather might be. You would not have to repair the awning every few months. But they are not invincible. The repair would also depend on the area that you reside in since the weather would be different.
Categories of fold arm awnings
Folding arm awning is a broad term that comprises of different categories of the fold arm awnings. This includes retractable folding arm awnings, folding blinds and folding canopies. Although all these types come under fold arm awnings, they have their own distinct styles. With tweaks in the design of the fold arm awnings, each has its own uses which makes them different from each other.