All you need to know about caravan awnings

Touring caravans can double floor, living, and storage space with the help of full-sized caravan awnings. The varied sizes and shapes of caravan awnings from the basic porch canopy to the full-sized awnings all help to add berths, shelter, bedroom annexes, and extra outside storage.

A lot of progressive changes have happened to the awning market since its first inception. Design concepts, materials, and the latest technologies have leveled up the awnings from the pitched roof and square-framed look of the past.

Knowing the different types of awning makes it possible for you to get the right one.

  • If you take longer stops during trips, the best awning to have is a full awning with removable side panels. The full awning will not only provide much-needed shade during frequent stops, but the removable side panels also make it easy work to put away when it’s time to go.
  • The whole side of the caravan can be easily covered by a full-size awning. However, they can be very heavy even when they provide the most space. A lighter and easier to handle option is with the porch awnings. However, the space they provide is also limited.

Material

The popular awning material choices are cotton, acrylic or polyester. Yet, some awnings combine two materials to the sides and roof. The superior material that does not fade, shrink or rot is acrylic. However, they tend to condense and cost more.

Cotton is a “breathable” material but not as tough as acrylic. If breathability is what you want, going for polyester is a great option. The material “breathes” like cotton but more durable.

 

Colour

Choosing the awning colour depends on what you need it for. For instance, if the need is to set up an extra bedroom, the smartest choice would be a darker shade awning. The dark colour will make the extra bedroom light and airy.

More heat tends to be reflected with the light-coloured awnings. The lighter coloured awnings are best to use when you need more light and heat.

 

Frame

While more space is provided by traditional frames, their heavy weight and complexity of putting them up can be tough. The design of the awning frames has come a long way from the traditional heavy and bulky types.

There are awnings with flexible and lightweight frames. However, some of the areas of the awning can limit the headroom.

Probably the best awning frame to go for is the one with inflatable tubes. Their varied shapes from traditional square to round along with the inflatable tubes make them the easiest to put up.

 

Awning Maintenance and Care

  • Never pack your awning away when it is damp or wet if you want to avoid mildew. A well-aired and dry space is the best way to store awning.
  • The caravan should not be used to store the awning for it could become damp during winter.
  • The ideal place to store the awning would be the attic.
  • The best way to remove dirt and mud from the awning is to wait until it’s dry. Never use detergent to clean the awning.

Caravan awnings help to make road trips enjoyable and comfortable. However, the choice of caravan awning can make or break the trip. We are here to help. Contact us at Kakadu Caravan awnings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pergola Builders

Things to Keep in Mind when Hiring Pergola Builders

Are you thinking about hiring pergola builders? A pergola can add an instant appeal to any outdoor space. Not only does it make your place looks welcoming but can add a certain depth and dimension to it as well. However, if you do decide to hire someone to custom build a pergola in your home, there are certain things you need to keep in mind.

Ask to take a look at their portfolio

Most pergola builders would be happy to show you the kind of structures they have designed for previous clients. When you take a look at their portfolio you can get a good idea of the kind of work they can do. What’s more, you could even find a design which you actually like and then customise it according to your taste. You might eventually find a design which actually appeals to you.

Ask around

Is there anyone in the neighbourhood who have recently had a pergola designed or built for their home? If yes, do you like what you see? If you do, simply ask them to give you a reference regarding the people who have built it. This way you get to see first-hand the kind of work a pergola builder in Adelaide has done. Also, ask the people if they are satisfied with the kind of service they got?

Have a meeting first

So you have finally settled upon the pergola builders you would be hiring. It’s time to have a talk with them and see if they are the right people for the job. Make sure you ask the following questions during the meeting.

  • Ask them to show you a few examples of designs and varieties which they can design for your home?
  • Make sure o=to show them a picture of your outdoor space and tell them its dimensions as well. See if they could come up with an idea.
  • Also, let them know why you are interested in having a pergola designed for your home. Whether you want a quiet space and arbour which allow you to enjoy the great outdoors or you are looking for something which offers immediate shade and protection from the elements.
  • Get a rough estimate. Though the costs may go up and down depending on the design and the kind of material used. A wooden pergola looks beautiful but it could cost you more than a metal one. Choose wisely and within your budget.
  • Let them know if you have a specific design or idea in mind. Make sure you also listen to their advice because they can offer you the best one based on the experience and expertise.
  • Last but not the least let them know if you want the pergola built within a certain time period. Perhaps you have an occasion coming up and would like to have the pergola designed well before it. Letting them know your time requirements helps avoid confusions and surprises later on.