Looking for a way to keep cool in the shade but you don't have a way to do so on your patio without having to purchase a bulky item like an umbrella? A patio awning can do just that! Plus, with retractable and fixed options, you could add even value to your home at the same time.
Our top 10 list will give you some possibilities, including choices for freestanding awnings you can take with you. We chose Outsunny's manual retractable awning as our number one pick for its versatility. Check out the rest of the top 10 list for more great options; and if you're in the mood for more in-depth advice, be sure to read through our buying guide. Let's see what type of patio awnings you can find!
Here's our top 10 list of the best patio awnings. You'll find a mix of styles, as well as retractable, fixed, and freestanding options to make your outdoor space more comfortable.
|Materials||Polyester, aluminum, steel|
|Dimensions||8 x 10 ft.|
|Dimensions||6 x 10 ft.|
|Materials||Polyester, steel, aluminum|
|Dimensions||10 x 13 ft.|
|Dimensions||8 x 12 ft.|
|Materials||Polyester, polycarbonate, aluminum|
|Dimensions||10 x 13 ft.|
|Dimensions||8 x 10 ft.|
|Dimensions||3 x 6 ft.|
|Dimensions||20 x 20 x 20 ft.|
|Dimensions||13 x 19.5 ft.|
|Dimensions||10 x 10 ft.|
Shade & Beyond
Manual Retractable Awning
Retractable Patio Side Awning
Motorized Outdoor Awning
Double Roof Hardtop Gazebo
Retractable Sun Shade Awning
Waterproof Sun Shade
Pop Up Canopy Tent
Great for Smaller Patios and Porches
Provides Shade and Extra Privacy
Retracts in a Minute at the Push of a Button
Canopy-Type Awning That Hangs Up Anywhere
Attractive Gazebo Design
Comes With a Manual Hand Crank
Stylish Look and UV Light Protection
Protects Against UV Rays
Waterproof Coating and Travel Tote
Good for Emergencies and Weather Protection
|Materials||Polyester, aluminum, steel||Polyester, aluminum||Polyester, steel, aluminum||HDPE||Polyester, polycarbonate, aluminum||Polyester, aluminum||Polycarbonate, aluminum||HDPE||HDPE||Polyester, steel|
|Dimensions||8 x 10 ft.||6 x 10 ft.||10 x 13 ft.||8 x 12 ft.||10 x 13 ft.||8 x 10 ft.||3 x 6 ft.||20 x 20 x 20 ft.||13 x 19.5 ft.||10 x 10 ft.|
|Warranty||90 days||30 months||1 year||5 years||Not listed||90 days||Not listed||5 years||5 years||1 year|
The process of choosing a patio awning is part subjective and part objective. You'll need to consider the design and look but also the areas you want to cover, the materials, and any warranties.
There are three different types of patio awnings. You can choose between stationary, freestanding, and retractable options.
Stationary patio awnings are mounted to the side of your home. This is permanent and will stay with the home should you decide to sell it or rent it out. These types of awnings should be built to last, but they can sustain wind damage. Stationary awnings also tend to collect snow and may buckle or break under the weight of heavy, wet snow.
Stationary awnings may require frequent cleaning, which can include brushing and hosing them with water. You may also need to remove bird droppings, rust stains, mildew, and tree sap or debris.
You won’t be able to change the awning’s position or where it is once it’s installed, so think about where you want permanent shade on your patio. This will help you choose the placement and positioning.
Consider how sunrises and sunsets impact the need for shade on your patio. For instance, if your patio faces west, you’ll need lower shade in the late afternoon to early evening.
A freestanding patio awning can be moved. You can position and reposition it on your patio the way you would like. If you move, you can decide to take it with you. If your roof is low, or you don’t have space on the exterior of your home to install a retractable or stationary awning mount, freestanding options may work better.
For freestanding awnings, you’ll want to measure your patio or deck area, taking into account where you’d like to place the awning and how much open space you’d like to leave. Consider any nearby obstructions, including the edge of your roof, your home’s exterior, steps, and trees or shrubbery.
You’ll typically assemble freestanding awnings on your own, so this is something to keep in mind if you’re not comfortable with light home maintenance.
You’ll also want to consider the weather and typical conditions in your area. Some only give you protection from the sun, while others are sturdier and repel hail, snow, and heavy rain. You may want to purchase awnings that are water-resistant and can withstand higher winds.
Also, consider seasonality, as many people take down freestanding awnings during cooler months and seasons where inclement weather is more likely to occur.
Retractable awnings can be manual, motorized, or remote-controlled. Manual awnings have to be opened and retracted by hand.
Motorized awnings typically rely on sensors, while remote control options are controlled through a wall switch or a separate remote. There are options for wind and inclement weather sensors that will automatically retract the awning during these conditions.
Electric options usually require more maintenance because of the moving parts, but manual ones can sustain more wear and tear from the weather. Motorized parts may require annual lubrication and adjustments. However, since you can retract the awning, you may not need to brush and hose the material down as much.
Similar to their stationary counterparts, you’ll want to consider placement and direction with retractable awnings. You’ll need space on the exterior of your home to mount the base. With a retractable awning, you may need to hire a professional installer if you don't have a lot of experience with exterior DIY projects.
Think about different styles, such as waterfall, slope, and concave. The main differences between the styles are mostly aesthetic, although the slope shape will cause precipitation to run off straight to the ground. Precipitation may hit waterfall and concave styles more directly or head-on.
Typical cover materials are polyester, canvas, metal, and polycarbonate. These are typically included with installed or mounted awnings. With non-stationary or portable awnings, you may need to buy the frame and cover separately.
Cotton canvas can be coated to be water-resistant. You can clean small covers in your regular washing machine. However, canvas is prone to shrinking and breaking from heavy snow or hail.
Polyester is also easy to clean as you can wipe it down. This material is also good at blocking UV light.
Polycarbonate also blocks UV light and is a long-lasting material. It can endure harsh weather conditions. When cleaning polycarbonate, you do have to be more gentle, as it can sustain scratches from abrasive pads and is sensitive to highly alkaline cleaning agents.
There may be different warranties for the frames and covers of awnings. Warranties help cover manufacturer defects, especially if the awning has motorized parts. Since attached patio awnings are an additional investment in your home, warranties help provide some guarantee of durability and protect your investment.
Consider the length of time you expect to remain in the home, whether the awning is permanent, and what type of use you want to get out of the awning.
With DIY awnings, the warranties may be limited to the materials and motorized parts on retractable awnings. Warranty periods can vary widely between the manufacturer or supplier, so it's best to double-check before making a purchase decision.
Also, check to see what the warranty covers. Find out if you’ll receive a new or refurbished replacement, and whether there is an option to get a refund instead. Find out if proof of regular maintenance or a maintenance contract is required to maintain the warranty.
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Choosing a patio awning can be an additional investment you make in your home. At the very least, you want it to provide good protection from the sun and heat.
While retractable and fixed options add curb appeal, freestanding options can travel with you. Think about what styles and options best suit your needs, along with materials and warranties. Here's to comfortable outdoor grilling and relaxing!
Author: Helen Akers
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