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Here at SunSpaces, we offer a wide range of garden awnings that can be fitted to the outside of your home to provide temporary shelter! Lots of clients prefer awnings over glass rooms and verandas because they offer a bit more flexibility.

 

All of our awnings are electrically operated and fully-retractable, this means you can create a covered space in your garden at the touch of a button and quickly roll it away when it's no longer needed. Awnings are a great option if you have a small garden, or if you already have a garden deck or patio installed and don't want to obstruct your garden space.

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All of our awnings are fitted with UV-resistant fabric that's available in over 250 different styles and patterns, giving homeowners the opportunity to customise their awning to suit their home exactly. We've seen people choose very modern and minimal designs, but we've also seen people choose bold, bright colours to add a playful element to their outdoor space. The options are almost endless.

 

Cleaning Your Awning

Awnings are often used as protection from inclement weather, and while you may think a heavy rain shower would keep them clean, this isn't always the case. When in use, awnings can become dirty and if they're rolled away over and over again, the dirt can spread and cause your entire awning to lose its appeal. Don't worry, if your awning is due a clean we can help! Follow these steps and we'll help you make your awning look as good as new again.

 

1. Prepare a bucket of warm soapy water. Washing up liquid, a mild laundry detergent works well.

 

2. Get a clean cloth nice and soapy and wipe over the awning. This should lift most surface dirt away effectively.

 

3. If you find that there are tough bits of dirt (or even stains) that the cloth can't lift away, we'd recommend using an awning shampoo. These are designed to penetrate deeper into the fabric.

 

4. Once the awning is soapy, take your garden hose and use it to rinse the fabric. We do not recommend using a pressure washer/jet wash under any circumstances. This will strip the awning of its protective coating which can lead to dirt/dust ingress. Over time, this would leave your awning looking dull and stained!

 

5. Happy that your awning is clean? Great! All you need to do now is leave your awning open to air dry before retracting it again.

 

Tip: Avoid using harsh chemicals or bleach, this will strip the awning fabric of its protective coating and will make the colour/design fade over time. 

 

As you can see, cleaning your awning is a fairly simple job! If you'd like to add a retractable awning to your home, get in touch with the SunSpaces team today - 01727 845 788.

Glass Room & Awning

 

When it comes to glass rooms and awnings, both offer fantastic benefits for homeowners. However, each also comes with its drawbacks. Awnings are hugely adaptable yet they are unable to cope in extreme wind and snowy conditions. Glass rooms, on the other hand, are fixed and offer ample protection from the elements but lack a level of natural shading.

 

For these reasons, it comes as no surprise that so many homeowners are choosing to install both products to their home to gain the maximum possible benefits, creating the ultimate weather-proof space. Usually attached to the roof of the glass room, the awning extends via a set of runners, providing the awning itself a resounding sense of stability. Runners can be placed either above or below the glass, each offering benefits. Adding the awning to the outside of the glass is ideal for stopping the sun (when we’re lucky enough to have some) from heating up the glass and increasing the temperature, whilst adding shading to the inside can prevent wind or heavy rain from becoming an issue.

 

The benefit this offers is that not only can you protect from rain and wind, you can also protect from the sun during the summer, creating a glass room that can be used all year round, no matter the weather.

 

Our glass room & awning options

The most popular glass room in our collection is the Panorama glass room. A beautiful, practical and affordable glass sunroom that offers homeowners a gorgeous and simple way to connect their inside space with the outdoors. Available in a variety of designs, the Panorama glass room can be made to suit all needs. Electric shade systems are complete with UV-resistant materials as well as being available in a range of colours for full custom personalisation.

 

The Compact awning from SunSpaces is a slender garden canopy with a compact construction. It offers homeowners effective shade and shelter from the elements, allowing you to make the most out of your time in your glass room. The best thing about our Compact awning is that when they’re not needed, they can be easily retracted using an electronic remote control, meaning you can enjoy the full views from outside your glass room at any time.

 

As well as shading options, our range of glass rooms comes with additional customisation features such as sound, heating and lighting. Our awnings can also be further customised through a choice of end caps, pitch adjustment and valences for a truly bespoke home addition.

 

You can browse our full range of glass rooms and awnings below.

 

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If you are in need of further information regarding our glass room and awning collections or want to know more about the benefits of having a glass room and awning, be sure to contact a member of the SunSpaces team today by calling 01727 845 788 or email info@sunspaces.co.uk.

When the summer sun has its hat on and the UK landscape is cloaked in a golden shimmer from east to west, there’s no better place to be than out in the open air, catching rays and soaking up the sunshine.

 

That being said, conditions aren’t always this glorious and a spell of wind or rain can easily hamper what would otherwise be a golden opportunity to enjoy the picturesque beauty of the outdoors.

 

Meanwhile, at other times, the weather can get a little too hot and an area of designated shade can provide the perfect retreat to escape the heat.

 

For these occasions, an ornamental shelter can make all the difference, providing protection against the elements and airy outdoor enjoyment at the same time.

 

Here at SunSpaces, we specialise in just that, with a wide range of awnings and verandas – but which one is right for you?

 

Let’s find out as we put verandas and awnings under the microscope in the ultimate battle of canopied competition.

 

 

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Veranda the Great

Visually stunning, undeniably stylish and perfectly practical, verandas can make for a fantastic addition to any outdoor space – commercial or residential.

 

Verandas are essentially solid roof coverings supported by pillars/posts, providing a fixed, permanent covering for all-weather outdoor enjoyment.

 

Due to their permanent residency outdoors, verandas make for a great base to create an outdoor seating area, providing ample protection for garden furniture.

 

While verandas are traditionally built on to a property, attached to the outside wall, here at SunSpaces, we can also provide detached verandas, free-standing in an area of your choice.

 

Best of all, we offer a wide variety of verandas, all customisable to fit your style and personality.

 

For an outdoor addition that provides year-round protection and complete freedom of design, look no further than a SunSpace veranda.

 

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“Oh, what a beautiful awning”

Uniquely versatile and impressively adaptable, this flexible fixture provides a protective covering for your outdoor space.

 

However, unlike the permanence of the veranda option, awnings are innately designed to provide freedom of retractability, allowing you to withdraw the canopy as you wish when not in use.

 

From an exterior design perspective, this provides the perfect solution for elemental protection without dramatically modifying the look of your property from the outside.

 

Our lightweight, canvas awnings are electrically-powered by remote control for simple yet fully-functional operation.

 

Unobtrusive and inconspicuous, these low-key outdoor additions offer the perfect solution for anyone looking to add a shelter with minimal alteration to the property’s overall external aesthetic.

 

Our Lite Awning range even comes with built-in LED lights, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor space even after the sun goes down, while our Elite Awning range is customisable in a variety of ways.

 

With a stunning SunSpace awning, every day will be easy like a Sunday morning!

 

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Which SunSpace is right for me?

So, having mulled over the two like a glass of mulled wine, it begs the question: just which SunSpace is the one for you?

 

For sheer flexibility and inconspicuousness, the understated allure of the awning is a great choice, providing all the effortless protection of a remote-controlled canopy with the added freedom of retractable design when not in use.

 

For those looking to retain their property’s external design with minimal impact to the structural aesthetic of the building, an awning will provide sheltered protection with the benefit of concealment.

 

That being said, the sturdy, year-round permanence of a veranda can provide customisable design and ample protection that’s perfect for upgrading an outdoor space. Meanwhile, it also makes for the perfect location to create an outdoor lounge or seating area.

 

The Verdict

Ultimately, the choice comes down to two things: personal preference and how much you plan on using your outdoor space.

 

For those looking to retain their property’s external design with minimal impact to the structural aesthetic of the building, an awning will provide sheltered protection with the benefit of concealment when not in use.

 

For those looking to spend as much time as possible outdoors, a permanent fixture like a veranda will likely be a more useful choice, with ever-present protection for instant accessibility, whenever you want to use it.

 

Whichever option you choose, you won’t be disappointed. SunSpaces products don’t just add to an outdoor space, they can revolutionise it, providing you with the perfect place to enjoy your garden space, whatever the weather!

 

 

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Option 3: Garden Rooms

In addition to our selection of verandas and awnings, we also offer a third option for those looking for something a little more permanent and a little less open.

 

Our range of glass garden rooms offer all the summery appeal of a veranda/awning, radiating light and vibrance, yet with all the insulated protection of a traditional extension.

 

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For more information on verandas, awnings or garden rooms, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 085 811 to speak with one of our experts or get in touch online using the button below.

 

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At SunSpaces, we know that every customer has different needs for their garden. So, we do our best to provide the perfect awning for every type of outdoor space. We offer a wide range of retractable garden awnings so you are guaranteed to find the ideal shelter to suit your outdoor space needs.

 

Our retractable awnings allow you to enjoy a perfect day in your garden. At a push of a button, you can enjoy the shade when you most need it or easily retract it to enjoy the sunshine.


Forget the awnings of yesteryear with manual pulleys for opening and closing, our advanced awnings incorporate features such as automatic sensors, outdoor heaters, LED lights and electronic remote controls. Therefore, your awning can be perfectly tailored to your taste and you can enjoy heat and lighting as and when you require it.

 

Compact Awnings

Our Compact awning is an entirely retractable awning that is controlled using an electronic remote. When not in use, you retract it quickly and quietly - perfect for every outdoor living space!

 

 

The awning frames are available in several different sizes with bespoke colours available upon request. They also incorporate integrated gutter systems and water outlets which prevents water from building up on rainy days. 

 

Our Compact Awnings are also wind resistant, so you can be sure they won't flutter or break even on the windiest days. Compact Awnings are made of durable materials and come with an incredible 5-year warranty.

 

Take a closer look at our Compact Awnings here:

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Lite Awnings

Our Lite Awnings have LED lights that can be dimmed during sunny days and adjusted to suit the mood when the sun goes down. You can create a customized look for your outdoor space by selecting the colour and pattern of the fabric, and the size that suits you.

 

 

Our Lite garden awnings are electronically retractable using a remote control or through an intelligent motor system that responds to weather changes. The motor can be controlled using an app installed on your phone, making this awning one of the most versatile that we offer!

 

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Elite Awnings

Our Elite Garden Awnings are available in a wide range of sizes and colours. They are wind resistant hence very durable. It comes with a 5-year guarantee thus gives you value for your money.

 

 

We have utilised the latest garden awning technology to ensure that our Elite Awnings are perfect for your outdoor space. They are made from a UV-resistant fabric that offers protection from direct sunlight. They're also available in a wide range of fabric colour and you can customise your awning by including a heater or lights. Therefore, depending on your specific needs, we can provide the Elite garden awning that will meet your specifications.

This deluxe option is sure to help you make the most of your patio or deck all year round. To find out more, click here:

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If you have any questions about the different kinds of Awnings that we have to offer, don't hesitate to contact us by calling 0800 085 8110 or send us an email at info@sunspaces.co.uk.

Sheryl Crow had the right idea back in 2002 when she told the world she was going to “Soak Up the Sun”.

 

We took that statement to heart and you can too – all from the comfort of your own home – with a gorgeous veranda courtesy of SunSpaces!

 

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The Heat Is On

While Britain is notorious for its wet weather and grey skies, it’s not unusual for us Brits to receive a heatwave from time to time.

 

In fact, according to the Met Office, 2018 saw the UK achieve the joint hottest summer on record and the hottest ever summer for England in particular.

 

The hottest day of the year saw the UK hit a peak temperature of 35.3 degrees – just a few degrees shy of the UK’s hottest temp ever of 38.5 from 2003!

 

Seasons in the Sun

Whether you believe in climate change or not, there’s no denying that the weather in the UK can be pretty unpredictable. From a random spot of springtime heat to a blistering belated “Indian summer”, the UK weather loves to keep us on our toes.

 

To make things even more unpredictable, these sunny spells can occur seemingly out of nowhere and a bout of “beer garden weather” can arrive without so much as a precursory red sky at night as a heads up.

 

With such an erratic climate, a sweltering Saturday can be a true surprise gift from the gods. Don’t be caught napping – be prepared for those impromptu summer nights with a handy veranda from SunSpaces.

 

Gimme Shelter

Okay, first things first, why get a veranda?

 

Quite literally bridging the gap between your house and garden, a veranda is a structural cover that shelters the area immediately outside your home’s interior. For most back gardens, this is typically a patio or section of decking.

 

A veranda can turn this open space into a sheltered terrace that essentially acts as another room to your house, providing ample protection from the elements while still allowing you to enjoy the benefits of being outdoors.

 

If breakfast in the sun is your cup of tea, a veranda can provide. Meanwhile, a veranda can also make for the ultimate compliment to a backyard barbeque, creating the perfect setting to enjoy your outside space all evening long.

 

 

Stop. Planner Time!

Next up, do you need planning permission to get a veranda?

 

While not always the case, there is a chance you may need to get planning permission before you upgrade your home with a veranda.

 

The need for planning permission can depend on a number of varying factors, including:

  • The height of the proposed structure
  • The area the new addition will cover
  • The status of the property (e.g. listed building, designated land, etc)

 

To avoid causing yourself summertime sadness, it’s wise to play it safe.

 

Take the “mission” out of “planning permission” by contacting your local planning department for advice specific to your property.

 

Drop It Like It’s Hot

If a permanent fixture isn’t quite your cup of tea, you’re not out of options just yet. Why not consider a more temporary solution?

 

Extendable and compact, our range of drop-down awnings offer all the shady benefits of a veranda with the advantage of also being retractable, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor space without permanently adjusting the look of your property.

 

Simply unveil this canopy when the mood strikes and retract at your leisure when you see fit. Slender yet sturdy, these extendable canvas shelters make for the perfect happy medium if you’re considering a veranda but don’t want to go all-in.

 

So, there you have it. Enjoy your outdoor living space year-round with our wide range of outdoor fixtures. What are you waiting for? Transform your property today with SunSpaces!

 

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