Folding Arm Awnings vs Fixed Patio Awnings: The Benefits of Both

Picking the right awning is important to ensure it meets the needs of your outdoor area. In Perth, the weather can be unpredictable, but we still want to enjoy outside throughout the year. To ensure you choose the perfect outdoor awning for your space, here are the benefits of folding arm awnings vs fixed patio awnings.

1)   Protection from the elements

Fixed arm awnings are common amongst Perth homes for their versatility in protecting from the elements. They enable you to enjoy more time outside without being concerned about the sun, wind and rain. Folding arm awnings also protect from the weather but with some added features.

2)   Retractable

Unlike fixed arm awnings, folding arm awnings are retractable, so you can extend and retract them as needed. In addition, because they’re retractable, they’re not a permanent fixture, so they can be used throughout the year whenever you need coverage or not.

Common times you might extend your folding arm awning:

  • Cover the pool when children are swimming
  • Extending your entertainment area
  • Blocking the sun from coming into your home
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A folding arm awning can make for the perfect outdoor area

3)   Customisation

Professional outdoor blind suppliers such as All About Shade will customise fixed arm awnings and folding arm awnings to ensure that they best suit your needs and outdoor space décor. We offer a wide range of colours and fabrics for folding arm awnings, plus the aluminium systems can be powder-coated to match the outdoor facade of your home.

Some things to consider when speaking with your blind specialist:

  • Ask for block out polyester fabric for more coverage
  • To let in natural light, consider PVC mesh

4)   Versatility

Folding arm awnings are not a permanent structure, so they’re well suited to a wide range of areas for homes and businesses. In addition, fixed patio awnings can be mounted to the edge of various surfaces, including fascia boards, rafter brackets, and concrete walls.

When choosing a folding arm awning, you can choose a manual crank or a remote-controlled operating system. If you choose motorised, we can install sun and wind sensors so the blinds will operate automatically depending on sun exposure or wind speed.

​​Wrap Up

To ensure you choose the right outdoor blinds or folding arm awnings for your home or business, All About Shade can help. With a wide range of blinds for all purposes, we can help you create a beautiful and comfortable outdoor space that feels like an extension of your home or business. To arrange a free quote, fill out the “Free Measure & Quote” form, and one of our friendly team members will get in touch.

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Raymond Hind
The Shades are the best of the two companies we have had them made.However they tend tone a bit untidy with screws and pop rivets ends left on the ground. Other than that a great job indeed
william young
All about shade were prompt, helpful and professional all the way through my dealings with them. The product is excellent and I have no hesitation in recommending them to others :)
Warren Timpson
Great service from start to finish
Ricky Calder
Extremely happy with the process from start to finish. Great company, staff are lovely and very helpful. Had the patio enclosed, now have an extra room.... in love my new blinds
Denise Baljeu
Great service, great product, great price. Nothing is ever to hard for Travis. He has measured and installed several blinds/awnings at our house and we love them. I would recommend All About Share for sure 10/10
Davina Mark
Very Professional from start to finish.Very happy with installation and end result.
Brian Draper
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Travis Glatz
Vickie Falcetta
Right from the get go we were kept in contact with regarding the shade blind we ordered. When they were in the area they came to us sooner than expected for our quote. Prior to Greg arriving to install the shade he rang prior and turned up early and had our new blind installed in no time. Would highly recommend this company to any person looking to buy shades.
Lou Langdale
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Sally Hackett
Good quality, timely installation and lovely trades.Thank you!
Elaine Lewis
From the initial enquiry to the quoting stage and date of fitting the level of response and service was great and clear as to outcomes.It was nice to have events happen when promised and most of all the final outcome was excellent as the blinds and fitting are great .Happy to recommend as the price was also very good by comparison so when investing a significant amount a good outcome is more paramount.Happy customer Thank you
Graham Staples
Sue
Tom & Sean did a great job installing my outdoor blinds! They were friendly and professional. Company was good to deal with, but wasn't happy to pay the full amount before installation, thought it would be fairer to pay the balance, once the job is complete. Excellent quality blinds.
Alan Crake
I went with All About Shade because of their great reviews, they do a marvellous job and with a short wait time. Love my new roof to fence blinds, they look great and keep out all the heat and glare. Good job done guys!
Caryl Morton
So happy with our new shades. They block out 90% of the wind and all of the rain. It’s so nice to be able to sit on the deck without blankets and beanies. Highly recommend All About Shade, the are fantastic, friendly and fast. Thank you!
Dina Stuart
Great customer service from this company - right from when they came to Corrigin to give me a quote to when the product was installed. I am very happy with my blinds and I am now able to sit under my patio on sunny, windy or rainy days. I would highly recommend All About Shade and thanks go to them for being one of the few Perth based companies willing to travel out of the metro area.
Connie Philipps
We are extremely happy with the service and installation and quality of the blinds to our outdoor area. We have already recommended All About Shade to several people in Perth, Bunbury and other country areas.
Lisa Billingham
Awesome salesman who came to the house, friendly and helpful. Loves a good cup. The instillation was professional and the guy's arrived on time, explained how controls etc worked clearly. Brilliant company and I would highly recommend them to friends
Suzanne millar
Product quality and professionalism are terms that have to be used in a review of services provided by All About Shade. Apart from those terms, we appreciated the friendly efficiency shown by people in the Company, from office staff to on-site crew. The blinds we had installed provided protection for our rear patio, and the site had some awkward points - a sloping roofline and a low retaining wall on one side. Nonetheless, measurements taken before making of the blinds proved to be precise, and the fitting crew carried out the work with expertise. My wife and I are happy to recommend All About Shade and their work. We've come to think of them as less of a company entity, than as a family of people determined to provide a quality service.
Les Krauth
very professional from beginning to installasion was very happy with result
Suzanne Perry
Jessica Comtesse
We had All About Shade install ZipTrak blinds for our outdoor area in September 2021. We loved how quickly they got the ball rolling for us, they travelled from Perth to Tambellup within 1 week of us calling to complete a measure and quote, the blinds were custom made and installed within 3 weeks after the first phone call. The finished product looks great and has made a huge difference with wind and bugs in our outdoor space! The team at All About Shade are professionals and genuinely nice people!
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Chris Howell
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Ameet Kalro
The guys at All About Shade kept us updated through the whole process, from quoting through to installation. They were prompt, checked and double checked measurements and site details before installation and cleaned up all the rubbish and swarf after they had finished. The installer went through all the details of use of our new blinds, including care that needed to be taken because of the location. Very happy with the whole job and happy to support a local company.
Peta Cragan
Hi just wish to a big thank you to All About Shade for the fantastic job they have done on the shade blinds we have got for our house.From quote to install was very professional and it’s just what we wanted.Thank you from Cath & Michael Tippet
Michael Tippet
Terri Godden
This is the 2nd time we have used All About Shade. Very professional job. Shows up on time, even early and gets the job done. We love our new outdoor blinds.
Lyn Richardson
All About Shade installed Zip Track Blinds in our alfresco area. From our initial contact for a quote, to the installation the service was nothing but professional and friendly. We are thrilled with our blinds and their quality and have no hesitation in recommending All About Shade. Trish and Mike
Trish Russell
Highly Recommend All About Shade. I tried a few other companies first who never bothered to show up or call me back. Very easy process from the first visit to install! After install the guys cleaned everything up and even hosed down! Love my new blinds ❤️
Jeanette C
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Vicki Austin
We are really pleased with our shade.Every person that we dealt with in the company was professional, helpful and did a great job. Highly recommended.
Glynis Gilbert
Fantastic quality and service. Very happy with my patio to fence blind.
Kerrie Lindh
Overall, we had a positive experience with All About Shade. Knowledgeable sales agent, no hard sell approach, just best price given. Very competitive pricing and supporting local business. Lead time on install was reasonable and the product quality is great. We had one minor hiccup with one panel not fitting but this was quickly rectified. Now we can enjoy an outdoor spot in the winter and keep warm and a shaded spot in the summer. Very happy.
Emma Giblett
I couldn't be happier! From first consult, to measuring, to installation, the employees of All About Shade were a pleasure to deal with. Highly recommend
Leonie Evans
Very happy with the outdoor blind and the installation.
Enid Holt
All About Shade did a fantastic job upgrading our outdoor patio blinds from the initial competitive quote, to the measure and final installation. All staff were very professional and the final workmanship appears first class. The installation has come just in time for our blustery winter conditions. Thanks to the team at All About Shade.
Carl McCarthy
Excellent and good quality work done
Gawie Van der Merwe
Easy to work with, did an excellent job.
Tom Coe
We are extremely happy with our blinds and the service we received. The quote was reasonable and the measurements and fitting was extremely good and very professional, we have no hesitation recommending “All about shade”RegardsRay Smith
Ray Smith
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Tracy Reid
The blinds are great and the service and communication was fantastic.
Brian Boyes
Very professional team, well worth the wait for the installation. Tom and his team did an excellent job in installing the blinds and kept us informed all the way. The blinds are of excellent quality and create a great outdoor space.
loquacious1956
Very very good experience, friendly professional service and a great product. Will recommend All About Shade to anyone. I live rural and I have struggled to get someone to supply and install, this company made it easy, from quote and measure to install - save yourself some time and money and call them. Very happy customer thanks once again-Werner Thomsonbrook.
Werner Zwaan
An amazing company to deal with. Both Trevor (quote) and Tom ( install) were very professional and punctual with the product of a high standard and very competitively priced.Will definitely recommend this product and company.Tom and Anthea Lesmurdie.
Tom Tristram
Cheers to Travis and the team. Very easy to communicate with and got the job done quickly and to a high standard.
Nick Wilson
Great price and quality of product. Fast process from quite to installation.
Alasdair Macdonald
Fantastic product, excellent quality and brilliant service, completely satisfied with our new blinds has made our outdoor area a very enticing place to be.
Debbie Thompson