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A Permanent Awning to Enjoy Your Backyard

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A Permanent Awning to Enjoy Your Backyard

Exterior renovationsA Permanent Awning to Enjoy Your Backyard

In Quebec, the beautiful season only lasts for a moment. Some summers are rainy, some springs late, some autumns chilly. Adding a permanent awning extends this blissful period when we enjoy the outdoor space.

Even better, it gives rise to a whole new living space attached to the house. We move the living room, the dining room, the office there. We have coffee in the morning, an aperitif before dinner, we linger there when the night is too beautiful to go to bed. To access this cherished room, just slide the patio door.

The Features of a Permanent Awning

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When one thinks of a permanent awning in Quebec, the first thing that comes to mind is our Quebec winter with its significant snowfalls and temperatures that fluctuate from one extreme to the other, leading to an endless succession of freeze-thaw cycles.

Generally, we think of the awning as a canvas shelter that protects from the sun during hot summer days and provides relief to the air conditioner by shading living spaces. By extrapolating a bit, we imagine a space that allows us to spend time outdoors when the rain would have us give up on going outside. Finally, when we let ourselves dream, we imagine watching snowflakes fall, nestled on a sofa, snug in a fully glazed cocoon.

The choice of materials that compose it determines the use we will make of the permanent awning. However, it is important to remember that even if we plan to limit the use of the awning to the beautiful season, its structure must be robust enough to withstand all four seasons. A permanent structure will endure the assaults of Mother Nature, whether it rains, blows, snows, or hails.

Materials of a Fixed Awning for the House

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Going by many names, this awning attached to the building, which requires no assembly or disassembly, is called a fixed awning, permanent awning, or stationary awning. The first advantage of such a product is that once installed, it can be enjoyed at any time. The second is that it is made from sturdy materials, built to last, which tend neither to warp nor to bend.

The two main materials used for the structure of the permanent awning are aluminium and polycarbonate. It is worth noting that several awnings feature a clever combination of both to benefit from the advantages of each.

What Are the Advantages of Aluminium?

Aluminium is more resistant and durable than polycarbonate. It is also more expensive and therefore presents a nice added value for your home. An aluminium structure is thus an excellent investment, especially since it has a lifespan of nearly 20 years, even in challenging weather conditions.

While the choice of colour is more limited, the range offered is classic and complements all styles. Alternatively, it can be painted!

What Are the Advantages of Polycarbonate?

The use of polycarbonate lightens the structure and is less visually bulky. This facilitates its installation as the permanent awning does not require structural support. This material is slightly less resistant to cold and UV rays. However, the polycarbonate structure is still suitable for Quebec winters and capable of supporting the weight of snow.

Polycarbonate is also less prone to corrosion. This makes it a logical choice in a seaside environment exposed to salty air. Finally, as it comes in a wide range of colours, it allows for easy customisation of your awning.

Types of Outdoor Permanent Awnings

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The Glass Permanent Awning

An effective shelter against the sun and the elements that doesn't compromise the view! That's what the glass permanent awning offers. It's also an economical choice that allows you to enjoy your outdoor space for longer periods throughout the year.

Its tinted glazing allows in beautiful brightness without ever dazzling. We appreciate their practical side and the fact that they require no maintenance. No need to replace the fabric every 3 to 4 years, the glass awning is durable!

The Four-Season Awning

The 4-season stationary awning is the key element in a remarkable outdoor space. It's also a wonderful option to add a new room to the house that can be enjoyed all year round.

With its solarium-like appearance, it beautifully covers any terrace or balcony due to its wide range of dimensions.

Models, Colours, and Prices

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There is a wide variety of models of stationary awnings available on the market, catering to all tastes and budgets.

The structure of a permanent awning can support a fabric, as well as polycarbonate panels, a metal roof, aluminium, or glass. Depending on what it supports, the awning can be for 3 or 4 seasons, and it can provide weather protection or not.

While fabric models can be considered as large-format parasols, those with a metal roof resemble gazebos. They blend seamlessly into the outdoor decor as a permanent component of the garden. While metal roofs are offered in elegantly understated colours, fabrics allow for the addition of colour and whimsy.

On the other hand, glass models and 4-season awnings are more often perceived as an extension of the house. They are chosen to complement the architecture and style of the house. In this regard, polycarbonate structures offer a wide range of colours, giving them a distinctive edge.

In terms of price, they can be purchased at hardware stores and large retailers, or online, at very reasonable prices. Models that can be attached to the building are available between $2500 and $8000. Their quality also varies, so it's wise to compare different models before purchasing.

When dealing directly with a manufacturer, prices are obviously higher. However, the product is often of far superior quality. You also have access to sound advice and a beautiful selection of options (colours, dimensions, configurations, designs, etc.).

If you want to enjoy your awning for years to come, it's better to invest more. In doing so, you'll buy peace of mind with a durable product. After all, isn't that what we expect from a permanent structure?

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