9 questions to ask

9 Questions to ask yourself before purchasing your Awning

1. In what location do I want it for?
Do you have French doors under where you want to put your awning? Are you worried the doors will hit the arms? The Hi Line awning gives extra clearance for French doors and tall people. The Hi Line awning also has an extra bar which gives it added stability in the wind.

2. How much headroom do I need?
Is the place where you want to mount your awning going to give you enough headroom to move underneath? We can manufacture special brackets to ensure your awning is mounted in the perfect spot.

To achieve the manufacturers recommended 15 degree fall, there are minimum mounting heights for each arm length, to give 2m clearance at the front of the awning:
MINIMUM Recommended Mounting Heights
Arm Extension        Total Height
1.5m                         2350mm
2.0m                         2450mm
2.5m                         2600mm
3.0m                         2900mm
3.5m                         3250mm
4.0m                         3600mm 

3. Is there only one kind of awning in one style or colour?
We have the largest range of awnings in New Zealand, and our Auckland showroom is the largest awning showroom.   Our helpful team will help you decide the best awning for your needs. 
Our showroom has examples of each style and most colours.

4. Will this awning be fit for the main purpose?
Do you want sun protection during the middle of the day or will you want an awning that moves to block the sun as it moves toward the horizon? The Lo Line awning can easily be adjusted to lower angles as the sun moves.   Our helpful team will help you decide the best awning for your needs. 

5. What fabric choices do I have?
Does my awning have to be brown striped acrylic? No, the range of plains, stripes, tweeds, mesh and fabric types available for awnings makes choosing the perfect fabric for you easy – and matching it to your outdoor setting even easier.

6. Am I prepared to sacrifice quality for price?
Are you happy for your awning to last only one season? Many companies are selling awnings of different qualities. We give a minimum 5 year warranty on our hardware and fabric. We have customers with awnings that have provided them great service for more than 30 years.

7. Can I trust the installers experience?
An awning needs to be installed by trained professionals so you don’t have to worry about leaking buildings or damage to your house in the wind or the awning blowing away in a strong wind. Our team has in excess of 40 years experience in awning manufacture and installation.

8. Do I need a council permit?
Retractable arm awnings, fixed canopies and drop curtains in domestic areas and below 20m2 do not require a permit, unless they are within 1.5m of the boundary line.  The building code specifies a permit is required for an awning 20m2 and over, and awnings that are above level 1 of a building (unless replacing an existing).  Following the Christchurch earthquake the Building Code changed to require any awning over a public area requires a permit, no matter the size.
Shade sails over 50m2 require a permit.

9. What sort of on-going maintenance is there?
Are you worried your awning will look dirty and mouldy after a year? We recommend fabrics that are mould resistant with a 5 year warranty. We use stainless steel and aluminium fixtures and fittings to avoid rusting and discoloration.  We recommend regular cleaning, at least once a year to ensure any mould and mildew is treated promptly. For awning cleaning we recommend Shade Doctors, www.shadedoctor.co.nz
Their contact details are:  09 281 55100223 757 046info@shadedoctor.co.nz

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